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Tonight's game against Eastern Washington marked the sixth time in program history that the Red Raiders have kicked off a season in the month of August. Tech's last game in August was a 58-10 win over SMU back in 2003. Texas Tech's regular-season will span three months for the first time since 2002.
Tonight's attendance was 49,887.
Eastern Washington won the opening coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.
Four Red Raiders made their first career starts on the night: Detron Lewis (X), Daniel Charbonnet (SS), Bront Bird (SAM) and Brent Nickerson (RC)
Tonight's game marked the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Starters - (Offense) -
(LT) Rylan Reed, (LG) Louis Vasquez, (C) Stephen Hamby, (RT) Marlon Winn, (RG) Brandon Carter, (QB) Graham Harrell, (F) Shannon Woods (Y) Detron Lewis (Z) Michael Crabtree, (H) Eric Morris (X) Edward Britton (Defense) -
(LE) Brandon Williams, (NT) Colby Whitlock, (DT) Rajon Henley, (RE) Jake Ratliff, (SAM) Bront Bird, (MIKE) Brian Duncan, (WILL) Marlon Williams, (LC) Jamar Wall, (SS) Daniel Charbonnet, (FS) Darcel McBath, (RC) Brent Nickerson
TECH'S WIN. . .
Gives Texas Tech a 1-0 record to start the 2008 season and marks Tech's sixth-straight season opening win.
Gives Mike Leach a career record of 66-37 and a 22-5 mark against non-conference opponents as the head coach of the Red Raiders.
Gives Tech three-consecutive wins dating back to the 2007 season.
Gives Texas Tech 3-3 record in the month of August.
RED RAIDERS KICK OFF THE 2008 SEASON WITH WIN OVER EASTERN WASHINGTON
The 12th-ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders got their 2008 season off in good fashion as Tech handed Eastern Washington a 49-24 loss in front of 49,887 fans at Jones AT&T Stadium. Texas Tech improved to 55-26-3 all-time in season openers and to 43-11-2 when opening the season at home. The Red Raiders also improved to 63-18-3 in home openers and has not lost a home-opening game since North Texas back in 1999.
WOODS PUTS THE RED RAIDERS ON THE BOARD FIRST
Senior running back Shannon Woods scored the first touchdown of the season for the Red Raiders as he scampered into the endzone on a two-yard run with 12:43 remaining in the first quarter. Texas Tech's first offensive possession began on its own 30-yard line as sophomore Brian Duncan picked up his first career interception on EWU's first offensive play of the game. Tech's scoring drive covered 30-yards on eight plays and lasted and took 2:06 off the clock.
THE CRAB MAN STRIKES
2007 Biletnikoff Award Winner Michael Crabtree hauled in the first touchdown of his sophomore season on a four-yard reception from Graham Harrell with 48 seconds left in the first quarter. The touchdown marked the 23rd of his career and he is now tied with Joel Filani for second place on the all-time TD receptions list at Tech.
HARRELL SURPASSES 11,000-YARD MARK
Senior quarterback Graham Harrell reached another milestone in his prolific Texas Tech career as he surpassed the 11,000 passing yards mark tonight with 536 yards against the Eagles. He now has 11,218 yards in his career and trails only Kliff Kingsbury who passed for 12,429 yards during his career (1999-2002).
BIG NIGHT FOR THE ELF
It was a big night for the elf. Senior receiver Eric Morris set a personal best in all-purpose yards with 189 on the night. His 164 receiving yards also was a career high. Morris finished with 4 rushing yards and 5.25 punt return yardage. His previous best all-purpose performance came against Colorado last season as he totaled 125 yards (120 receiving, five punt return).
His 38-yard reception on Tech's first offensive drive of the second half marked a career-long.
NOTING THE RED RAIDERS
Sophomore linebacker Brian Duncan picked up his first career interception on Eastern Washington's first offensive play of the game.
Senior quarterback Graham Harrell gave the Red Raiders a 13-0 lead with 8:32 remaining in the first quarter as he scored on a one-yard QB keeper. The TD marked the seventh rushing touchdown of his career.
Freshman placekicker Donnie Carona had his extra point blocked following Tech's second touchdown of the game and that ended a streak of 234 extra points connected on by the Red Raiders. The last time Texas Tech failed to convert an extra point was a Keith Toogood miss against SMU on Sept. 4, 2004 (following Tech's first TD of that game).
Texas Tech was successful in its first two-point conversion since the Baylor game in 2005. Tech went for two following its third TD of the game and connected thanks to a reception by Detron Lewis from Harrell.
Shannon Woods gave the Red Raiders a 27-7 lead with 10:54 remaining in the first half when he scored on a one-yard run. The touchdown was his second of the game and marked the eighth multiple-touchdown game of his career.
Junior defensive tackle Ra'Jon Henley picked up his first career interception in the second quarter and it marked the first time a lineman has recorded an INT since Chris Hudler did so against Oklahoma State in 2005.
Texas Tech blocked a 47-yard field goal attempt by Eastern Washington Felipe Macias in the third quarter to give the Red Raiders their first blocked field goal since the 2002 season. Aaron Hunt was the last Red Raider to block a FG attempt as he did so against NC State on Sept. 21, 2002.
Junior receiver Edward Britton hauled in a one-yard touchdown catch to give the Red Raiders a 34-17 lead with 4:51 remaining in the third quarter. The TD was his first of the season and the sixth of his career.
Sophomore Aaron Crawford scored the fourth rushing touchdown of the game for the Red Raiders with 12:20 remaining in the fourth quarter to give Tech a 41-24 lead. The rushing touchdown marked the fifth of his career and the first this season.
The last time Texas Tech had five rushing touchdowns was in 2005 against Sam Houston State.
Senior strong safety Daniel Charbonnet picked off Matt Nichols with 11:41 to go in the fourth quarter to give him his second career interception.