Sept. 5, 2010
Final Stats |
- Weather conditions at kickoff: Sunny skies; 95 degrees; winds from the SSW at 15 mph (gusting to 20 mph); humidity 22 percent.
- Today's game was televised nationally by ESPN with Mark Jones, Bob Davie and Holly Rowe calling the action.
- Today's game signaled the start of the 86th season of Red Raider Football.
- SMU won the opening coin toss and elected to receive.
- Texas Tech wore red jersys with white pants for today's season opener against SMU.
- Today's attendance: 57,528.
- Today's game captains were senior running back Baron Batch and senior linebacker Bront Bird.
Starters - (Offense) - (LT) LaAdrian Waddle, (LG) Lonnie Edwards, (C) Justin Keown, (RT) Chris Olson, (RG) Deveric Gallington, (QB) Taylor Potts, (F) Baron Batch (Y) Detron Lewis (Z) Jacoby Franks, (H) Tramain Swindall (X) Lyle Leong (Defense) - (LE) Sam Fehoko, (NT) Colby Whitlock, (DT) Kerry Hyder (RE) Brian Duncan, (SAM) Jarvis Phillips, (MIKE) Bront Bird, (WILL) Julius Howard, (LC) Will Ford, (SS) Franklin Mitchem (FS) Cody Davis, (RC) D.J. Johnson.
TECH'S WIN. . .
- Gives Texas Tech a 1-0 record.
- Gives Texas Tech an all-time record of 57-26-3 in season opening games.
- Gives Texas Tech an all-time record of 44-11-2 in home season openers.
- Gives Texas Tech eight-straight wins in season openers dating back to the 2003 season.
- Gives Texas Tech an all-time record of 32-16 against SMU.
- Gives Texas Tech 13 consecutive wins over SMU.
- Gives Tommy Tuberville a career record of 111-60.
- Gives Tommy Tuberville a career record of 1-0 as the head coach of the Red Raiders.
- Gives Tommy Tuberville a career record of 1-0 against SMU.
TUBERVILLE ERA OPENS WITH A WIN
The much anticipated Tommy Tuberville era at Texas Tech began with a 35-27 win over SMU. Tuberville is now 2-1 all-time in his coaching career when starting a new job. He lost his opener at Ole Miss (46-13 to Auburn) in 1995 but was victorious in his debut at Auburn as the Tigers defeated Appalachian State 22-15 in 1999.
RECORD ATTENDANCE FOR AN OPENER
Today's attendance at Jones AT&T Stadium was 57,528 and that marked a new record attendance for a home season opener. The Texas Tech student body also turned out in record numbers as 12,910 students came to today's game.
ON A SUNDAY
Texas Tech played a rare Sunday game today in order to accomodate a national television broadcast by ESPN. Tech's last Sunday game was in 1996 when the Red Raiders fell to Iowa (27-0) in the Alamo Bowl (Dec. 29).
FIRST TOUCHDOWNS GO TO LEONG
Senior quarterback Taylor Potts found his old high school buddy Lyle Leong in the corner of the endzone for a two-yard touchdown strike that marked the first of the season for the Red Raiders. Leong didn't stop there as he caught the second touchdown (six-yard reception) of the game with 14:30 remaining in the second quarter to help the Red Raiders build a 14-0 lead.
CAREER DAY FOR LEONG
Lyle Leong got his senior year off with a bang as he led the Red Raider offense on the afternoon with 11 catches, 142 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Leong surpassed his previous career high of nine receptions and 117 yards receiving that he set last season against Rice. His three touchdowns on the afternoon tied his career high (set twice previously) and it marked the fifth multiple touchdown game of his career.
NOTING THE RED RAIDERS
- Sophomore receiver Alex Torres did not dress for today's game due to an injury suffered during training camp. He is expected to return next week at New Mexico.
- Senior defensive end Brian Duncan picked up his first career sack on SMU's first offensive drive of the game. The sack forced the Mustangs into a third-and-long situation and the Red Raider defense ended up forcing SMU to punt. He finished with a game-high three sacks for a loss of 12 yards.
- Senior punter Jonathan LaCour, who missed all of last season, launched a 60-yard punt in his first effort and that matched his career high set in 2007 against Baylor. His second punt of the game went 51 yards and ended in a fumble by SMU and the ball was recovered by senior Franklin Mitchem.
- Redshirt freshman defensive back Jarvis Phillips picked up his first career interception in the waning seconds of the first quarter. The interception came on SMU's first drive after the Red Raiders took a 7-0 lead on Lyle Leong's two-yard touchdown catch.
- True freshman defensive back Tre' Porter picked up his first career interception with just over eight minutes to go in the first half.
- Senior Detron Lewis capped off a 1:23 scoring drive at the end of the first half with a 16-yard touchdown reception from Taylor Potts. The touchdown answered a scoring drive by SMU and gave the Red Raiders at 21-7 lead at the half.
- Texas Tech's third interception of the afternoon was hauled in by sophomore D.J. Johnson. It was the second interception of his career and his first since the Texas game last season.
- Sophomore running back Eric Stephens scored Tech's fifth touchdown of the game when he scampered into the north end zone on a three-yard run. The touchdown gave Tech a 35-14 lead.
- Texas Tech finished with 431 yards of total offense with 359 of those yards coming through the air.