Aug 30, 2013
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Weather conditions at kickoff: Sunny; 100 degrees; Heat Advisory in effect.
- Tonight's game was televised by ESPN and marked Tech's second straight game on ESPN. The Red Raiders defeated Minnesota 34-31 in the 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas on ESPN.
- Today's game marked the 49th meeting between Texas Tech and SMU. Texas Tech now leads the all-time series 33-16... Texas Tech now has 15 consecutive wins over SMU dating back to 1989.
- Today's game marked the 975th all-time game in Texas Tech history.
- Former President George W. Bush tossed the coin tonight and it went in the favor of the Red Raiders. Texas Tech elected to receive the opening kickoff.
- Texas Tech wore white jerseys, white pants and white helmets in tonight's game. The last time Tech wore this uniform combination was in a 27-31 setback at Missouri on Nov. 19, 2011.
- Making their first career starts tonight for Texas Tech were: OFFENSE: Jared Kaster (Center), Rashad Fortenberry (RT), Baker Mayfield (QB), DEFENSE: Pete Robertson (BAN), J.J. Gaines (SS), Olaoluwa Falemi.
- Tonight's game captains were Kerry Hyder, Terrance Bullitt, Eric Ward and Kenny Williams.
- Tonight's game marked the 47th time that Texas Tech has faced a team from Texas in a season opener.
Starters - (Offense) - (LT) Le'Raven Clark, (LG) Alfredo Morales, (C) Jared Kaster, (RG) Beau Carpenter (RT) Rashad Fortenberry, (QB) Baker Mayfield, (RB) Kenny Williams, (RB) SaDale Foster, (IR) Jordan Davis, (WR) Eric Ward, (WR) Bradley Marquez (Defense) - (DE) Dartwan Bush, (N) Kerry Hyder (T) Branden Jackson, (BAN) Pete Robertson, (WILL) Will Smith, (MIKE) Sam Equavoen, (SAM) Terrance Bullitt, (BC) Bruce Jones, (FC) Olaoluwa Falemi, (FS) Tre' Porter, (SS) J.J. Gaines
- Gives Texas Tech a 1-0 record to start the season.
- Gives Texas Tech a 15-game winning streak against SMU.
- Gives Texas Tech an all-time record of 60-26-3 in season openers.
- Gives Texas Tech an all-time record of 12-15-1 in season openers on the road.
- Gives Texas Tech an all-time record of 9-5-1 when a head coach makes his debut.
- Gives Texas Tech an all-time record of 6-1 when opening the season against SMU.
KINGSBURY ERA BEGINS IN DALLAS
For the second time in four years, a Texas Tech head football coach made his debut against the SMU Mustangs. Tommy Tuberville made his coaching debut in a 35-27 win over SMU at Jones AT&T Stadium in 2010. Kingsbury is the 15th head coach in school history and a former letterman. He quarterbacked the Red Raiders from 1999-2002. Kingsbury is the first-ever Texas Tech player to coach his alma mater.
Baker Mayfield MAKES HISTORY TONIGHT
Texas Tech started Baker Mayfield at quarterback in tonight's game at SMU. Mayfield is a true freshman walk-on from Texas football powerhouse Lake Travis High School in Lake Travis, Texas. After a week's worth of research, it is believed to be the first time that a true freshman walk-on has ever started a season-opener at quarterback for a BCS school. It also marks the first time in school history that Texas Tech has started a true freshman at quarterback in its season-opener.
- Mayfield finished his career debut passing for 413 yards on 43-of-60 passing with four touchdown passes and zero interceptions.
- Broke a Tech record for the most completions by a quarterback in a career debut with 43... Previous record was 40 by Sonny Cumbie in 2004 (vs. SMU).
- Became the fifth Texas Tech quarterback to make a career debut passing for at least 400 yards (Cumbie, Hodges, Potts, Sheffield).
- Became the fifth Texas Tech quarterback to throw for at least four touchdowns in a career debut (Cumbie, Hodges, Harrell, Sheffield).
- His 60 passing attempts ranks second in school history for a quarterback making his first career start (Cumbie, 66 vs. SMU in 2004).
- Totaled the most passing yards in a debut since Steven Sheffield put up 490 yards (7 TDs) against Kansas State in 2009.
- He also added a rushing touchdown with an 11-yard scoring run with 10:05 left in the fourth quarter to make the score 27-16.
- In his opening drive he went 7-for-9 for 46 yards and resulted in a Ryan Bustin field goal from 43 yards out.
- First quarter stats: 11-for-15; 80 yards; led the team with 14 rushing yards.
Mayfield's first career touchdown pass went to Jordan Davis with 1:01 remaining in the first half. The 33-yard TD catch was the first of Davis' career.
NOTING THE RED RAIDERS
- Ryan Bustin scored the first points of the 2013 season as he nailed a 43-yard field goal with 10:23 remaining in the first half to give Tech a 3-0 lead. The field goal was from 40-plus yards and marked the fourth of his career from 40-plus yards out.
- Bustin gave Tech a 6-0 lead on a 27-yard field goal with 13:34 to go in the second quarter. Tech had a Baker Mayfield touchdown (on 4th down) called back after a holding penalty by Eric Ward.
- Kerry Hyder picked up the first sack of the season for the Red Raider defense when he ended the first SMU drive of the second quarter. The sack marked the first of his career.
- Will Smith picked up his first career sack following a 51-yard pass from Garrett Gilbert to Jeremy Johnson. On the next play, Terrance Bullitt got in on the action as he recorded his second career sack.
Junior wide receiver Bradley Marquez now has at least one catch in 18 of 19 career games.
- Senior linebacker Terrance Bullitt reached the 100 career tackle plateau in the first half. He now has 105 career tackles.
- Bradley Marquez hauled in his second career touchdown reception with 7:53 to go in the second quarter. The touchdown gave Tech a 20-9 lead.
- Jace Amaro, who missed the first half of the game due to suspension, was instrumental on Tech's first TD drive of the second half. He hauled in 42 yards on three catches.
- Jakeem Grant caught a three-yard TD pass from Mayfield to give Tech a 34-16 lead in the fourth quarter with 5:40 left to play. It marked Grant's fourth career touchdown reception.
- Redshirt-freshman Reginald Davis caught his first career touchdown pass from Mayfield to give Tech a 41-16 lead with 2:40 left to play.
- Texas Tech has averaged 40 points per game in season openers during the last 14 years... The Red Raiders scored 41 points tonight.
Tech has averaged 516.38 yards of total offense since 2000 in season openers, the Red Raiders posted 461 yards of total offense tonight in 87 total plays.
Texas Tech played six true freshmen in tonight's opener against SMU. Carlos Thompson, Malik Jenkins, Tanner Jacobson, Baker Mayfield, Dee Paul and Zach Barnes.
- The Texas Tech defense picked up its fourth sack before halftime and that tied the most sacks that Tech had in a game all of last season. Tech's season high in sacks last year was four in a 24-13 win at Iowa State... The Red Raiders finished with five sacks, marking its most since also having five against SMU in the 2010 season opener in Lubbock.
- Texas Tech scored its first touchdown with 1:01 remaining in the first half when Baker Mayfield connected with Jordan Davis. The touchdown throw and catch were the first for both players.
- The Texas Tech defense held SMU to just 15 rushing yards on 15 attempts in the first half. The last time Tech allowed 15 or fewer rushing yards in a half was the first half of the 2008 season opener against Eastern Washington (11 rushes, 3 yards).
- Tech's fifth sack of the game (Awe and Smith; late 3rd quarter) marked the most for a Tech team since the 2010 season opener against SMU.
- Pete Robertson and Austin Stewart both led Texas Tech in tackles with eight - that marked a career-high for both players.
- Eric Ward led the Red Raiders catching 13 passes for 150 yards... It marked his eighth career game with over 100 receiving yards and his fifth career game with at least 10 receptions.
- Eleven Red Raiders made at least one reception.
Junior inside receiver Jordan Davis entered the season with career-highs of two receptions and 23 receiving yards... He caught five passes for 70 yards tonight.
Junior wide receiver Bradley Marquez caught six passes for 56 yards... He has at least one reception in 18-of-19 career games played at Tech.