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Sept. 1, 2012

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GETTING STARTED
• Weather conditions at kickoff: Partly Cloudy Skies; 94 degrees; Winds from the S at 14 mph
• Tonight's game was televised by Fox Sports Southwest Plus.
• Tonight's game marked the second meeting between Texas Tech and Northwestern State.
• Tonight's game marked the 962nd all-time game in Texas Tech history and the start of the 88th football season.
• The names of Donny Anderson, EJ Holub and Dave Parks were unveiled on the West Stadium Building as part of a pregame ceremony to honor the first inductees into the Ring of Honor.
• Northwestern State won the opening coin toss and elected to receive. Texas Tech is now 0-1 on the opening coin toss this season.
• Texas Tech wore red jerseys, white pants and black helmets in tonight's season opener against Northwestern State. The last time Tech wore red jerseys and white pants was against Baylor at Cotton Bowl Stadium in 2010.
• A pair of redshirt freshmen made their first career starts tonight. Alfredo Morales got the nod at left guard while Le'Raven Clark started at right guard. Sophomore running back Kenny Williams also made his first career start.
• Senior safety Cody Davis made his team-leading 37th career start tonight against Northwestern State. Offensive linemen LaAdrian Waddle and Deveric Gallington both made their 26th consecutive starts in tonight's game.
• Tonight's attendance was 50,236 and gives Texas Tech three consecutive home season openers with 50,000-plus in attendance. Additionally, tonight's game marked the 43rd consecutive game that Tech has drawn 45,000-plus.
• Tonight's game captains were senior quarterback Seth Doege and senior safety DJ Johnson.

Starters - (Offense) - (LT) LaAdrian Waddle, (LG) Alfredo Morales, (C) Deveric Gallington, (RG) Le'Raven Clark (RT) Terry McDaniel, (QB) Seth Doege, (F) Kenny Williams, (H) Alex Torres, (Z) Bradley Marquez , (X) Eric Ward, (Y) Jace Amaro (Defense) - (LE) Dartwan Bush, (DT) Delvon Simmons (NT) Kerry Hyder, (RE) Jackson Richards, (WILL) Terrance Bullitt, (MIKE) Will Smith, (SAM) Sam Equavoen, (LC) Cornelius Douglas, (RC) Eugene Neboh, (RS) Cody Davis, (LS) DJ Johnson

TECH'S WIN . .
• Gives Texas Tech a 1-0 record to start the season.
• Gives Texas Tech its ninth consecutive season opening win and a 59-26-3 all-time record on opening day.
• Gives Texas Tech 66-18-3 in HOME season openers.
• Gives Texas Tech a 2-0 record against Northwestern State.
• Gives Texas Tech a 10-0 record against FCS schools since 2005.
• Gives Texas Tech a home record of 47-12 since 2003.
• Gives Tommy Tuberville a 124-72 career record.
• Gives Tommy Tuberville a 14-12 record as the head coach of the Red Raiders.
• Gives Tommy Tuberville a 1-0 record against Northwestern State.
• Gives Tommy Tuberville a 13-4 record in season openers and a 3-0 mark as the head coach at Texas Tech.

EYE ON DOEGE
• Made his 13th consecutive start tonight against Northwestern State.
• Finished the game with 199 passing yards and one touchdown.
• His 23 completions moved him into eighth place on Texas Tech's career completions list with 462. He moves past assistant coach Sonny Cumbie who had 461 during his career.

STEPHENS RETURNS
Senior Eric Stephens made his triumphant return from a season ending knee injury suffered against Texas A&M last year. On his first touch of the game, Stephens caught a 7-yard pass that moved him into 7th place all-time at Texas Tech in career yardage. He entered the game with 3,389 career yards and moved past Danny Amendola.
• With 58 rushing yards tonight, Stephens moved past the 1,500 career rushing yards mark. The last Red Raider to pick up 1,500 career rushing yards was Baron Batch.
• Scored the first touchdown of the season on a 4-yard rush with 2:50 remaining in the first quarter. It was his 17th career touchdown rush.
• Scored the second TD of the game and the season on a two-yard rush with 11:16 to go in the second quarter. It was his 18th career rushing touchdown and marked the fifth multiple TD game of his career.

NOTING THE RED RAIDERS
• By the end of the first half, Texas Tech had spread the ball to eight different receivers. On the night, 13 different receivers logged at least one reception.
• Sophomore Kenny Williams gave Texas Tech a 21-3 lead when he scampered into the end zone on a two-yard reception with 6:16 left in the second quarter. The touchdown was the third of his career.
• Senior Alex Torres has now caught at least one pass in 34 of 36 career games.
• Sophomore kicker Ryan Bustin connected on his first career field goal (31 yards) with 1:15 remaining in the first half and gave Tech a 24-3 lead at halftime.
• Bustin added his second field goal (36-yards) of the game with 6:16 remaining in the third quarter to give Tech a 27-3 lead. With that second FG, he became the first Tech kicker to connect on multiple field goals in a career debut since Robert Treece in 2001. Treece booted field goals of 32 and 33 yards against New Mexico back on Sept. 8, 2001. Bustin added his third field goal at the 12:14 mark of the fourth quarter to give the Red Raiders a 30-6 lead. He finished the game a perfect 3-for-3 on field goal attempts
• Junior defensive lineman Kerry Hyder picked up the first sack of the 2012 season late in the third quarter. It marked the fifth of his career.
• Senior safety DJ Johnson registered his first career sack in the final seconds of the third quarter. He took down NSU quarterback Brad Henderson for a loss of eight yards.
• Sophomore defensive lineman Delvon Simmons earned his second career sack that put an end to a NSU drive deep in Texas Tech territory in the final seconds of the third quarter. Redshirt freshman Michael Brewer made his debut in the fourth quarter. The Lake Travis product finished the night 10-of-13 passing for 122-yards with two TDs.
• Sophomore Bradley Marquez ended the night with career highs in receiving yards (92) and receptions (7).

TEAM NOTES
• Texas Tech held Northwestern State to just six point marking the fewest points given up since the Red Raiders held SMU to three points during the 2006 season-opener. Texas Tech extended its consecutive game scoring streak to 182 games tonight when the Red Raiders found the end zone on an Eric Stephens four-yard TD rush in the first quarter.
• With tonight's win, Texas Tech snapped a five-game losing streak dating back to the 2011 season.
• Texas Tech finished the game with 46 rushing attempts, which is most by a Tech team since the Red Raiders recorded 51 rushing attempts against Missouri in 2010
• Tonight's game marked the first time that Texas Tech held an opponent to 125 or fewer total yards (84 yards) since 2007 when Tech held this same opponent (Northwestern State) to 118 yards.
• Texas Tech allowed the fewest points in a season opener since 2006 when the Red Raiders held SMU to just three points.
• Tonight marked the first time the Tech defense has held an opponent without an offensive touchdown since SMU in 2006.
• Texas Tech held its opponent to seven or fewer first downs (6) for the first time since 2006 when Tech held SE Louisiana to seven.
• Texas Tech held NSU to 13 rushing yards tonight which is the fewest allowed by a Tech defense since 1998 when the Red Raiders held Fresno State to nine total rushing yards.

 

 

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