Defense Tops Offense 34-28 In Spring Game|
April 20, 2013
The Red Raider defense put on a show Saturday in front of record crowd of 16,116 at Jones AT&T Stadium during the annual Texas Tech Spring Game. The Red Raiders forced three turnovers and outscored the offense 34-28 to cap off Kliff Kingsbury's first spring season as head coach in Lubbock.
Texas Tech sophomore Michael Brewer and freshman Davis Webb combined for 506 yards and three touchdowns through the air on the day as the scrimmage signaled the conclusion of spring football on the South Plains.
"I loved the atmosphere," Kingsbury said. "It was a great crowd and our kids were fired up. I thought the defense came out and really competed well. Both sides kept it base but their effort was really, really good."
Brewer led the first offensive scoring drive of the day midway through the second quarter when the Lake Travis native engineered a 14-play, 65-yard drive capped off by a 15-yard touchdown pass to junior tight end Jace Amaro.
Amaro led the Red Raiders with 11 catches for 80-yards.
Brewer and the Texas Tech offense entered the halftime break trailing the defense 28-7 before Webb ignited the Jones AT&T Stadium crowd with a towering 83-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Edwards late in the third quarter.
The touchdown sparked a feverish offensive comeback as the Red Raiders went on to score twice in the final quarter of play. The surge included a 5-yard touchdown pass from Brewer to sophomore receiver Jakeem Grant, and a 17-yard strike from freshman quarterback Clayton Nicholas to junior receiver Brent Mitcham as the Red Raider offense pulled to within 34-28 with less than two minutes remaining in the game.
Nicholas went on to lead a final comeback drive that pushed 59-yards downfield before Dawson Gamble intercepted a late pass in the end zone to seal the victory for the defense.
Nicholas ended the game 8-of-10 passing for 99 yards. Senior linebacker Will Smith led the defense with 10 tackles on the day while sophomore safety J.J. Gaines also recorded an interception off a Webb pass early in the second quarter.
Texas Tech opens the 2013 regular season Aug. 30 at SMU in front of a national television audience on ESPN.