Sept. 10, 2005
Texas Tech won the opening coin toss and elected to receive.
Starters - (Offense) - (LT) Glenn January, (LG) E.J. Whitley, (C) Brandon Jones, (RG) Manny Ramirez, (RT) Gabe Hall, (QB) Cody Hodges, (F) Taurean Henderson, (H) Danny Amendola, (X) Brandon Douglas, (Y) Robert Johnson, (Z) Joel Filani. (Defense) - (LE) Randall Cherry, (NT) Chris Hudler, (DT) Ken Scott, (RE) Keyunta Dawson, (SAM) John Saldi, (MIKE) Brock Stratton, (WILL) Fletcher Session, (LC) Antonio Huffman, (SS) Joe Garcia, (FS) Dwayne Slay, (RC) Khalid Naziruddin.
First Starts - Ten Red Raiders earned their first-career starts against Florida International - C Brandon Jones, RT Gabe Hall, QB Cody Hodges, X Brandon Douglas and Y Robert Johnson on offense. LE Randall Cherry, WILL Fletcher Session, SS Joe Garcia and FS Dwayne Slay started for the first time on defense.
OPENING THE SEASON AT HOME
Texas Tech opened the regular season at home tonight for the 46th time in school history. The Red Raiders are 37-8-1 in those games, including tonight's 56-3 win against Florida International.
HENDERSON SCORING STREAK AT EIGHT GAMES
RB Taurean Henderson's 20-yard touchdown run in the first quarter marked the eighth-straight game in which the senior has scored a touchdown, dating back to the Nebraska game last season. With the touchdown, Henderson has 48 career touchdowns (rushing and receiving) and trails Tech's all-time touchdowns and scoring leader, James Gray (1986-89), by four touchdowns and 24 points.
HODGES TIES MARK WITH START
Entering the 2005 season, only UCLA had four-consecutive with a fifth-year starter at quarterback. When Texas Tech's Cody Hodges took the field against Florida International, he marked the fourth-straight fifth-year senior to take the reins of the program - Kliff Kingsbury (2002), B.J. Symons (2003) and Sonny Cumbie (2004).
MORE ON HODGES Hodges completed his first touchdown pass as a starter when he connected with Danny Amendola on a 7-yard strike in the first quarter to give Tech a 14-0 lead.
Hodges rushed for more yards than any quarterback in his debut as a starter under Leach.
QB DEBUTS UNDER LEACH
Cody Hodges is the fourth different quarterback to open the season as the starter in head coach Mike Leach's six seasons at Texas Tech - and his performance mirrored those of his predecessors.
TRUE FRESHMEN SEE ACTION IN OPENER
Four newcomers saw playing time in the first game of the season - the most in one season in the Mike Leach era. DE McKinner Dixon, WR Todd Walker, WR Catron Houston and OG Louis Vasquez each saw significant time. Dixon finished the game with two tackles and a sack, while Walker caught two passes for 19 yards.
FORMER QUARTERBACK COMPLETES TRANSITION
In his debut as the Red Raider's starter at inside receiver, you would have thought IR Robert Johnson had played the position his entire life. The former quarterback, playing his first game as a receiver, finished the first half with six catches for 111 yards. He completed his first game as a starter with nine receptions for 129 yards and one touchdown.
NOTING THE RED RAIDERS Texas Tech's 28 first-half points was the most for the Red Raiders in a first half, since scoring 35 at Baylor on Nov. 8, 2003. The 28 points is the most in either half since Tech scored 49 against Nebraska on Oct. 9, 2004. On the flipside, the three points by FIU is the fewest for an opponent since Nebraska's three points in the first half last season.
Texas Tech home opener since 52,991 witnessed Tech and Southern California on Sept. 8, 1979.
IR Danny Amendola equaled his touchdown total from all of 2004 with two scoring receptions tonight. The sophomore scored on a 7-yard pass from Hodges in the first quarter and a 39-yard pass from Hodges in the fourth quarter. Amendola finished the game with five receptions for 91 yards and two touchdowns.
Redshirt freshman QB Graham Harrell saw his first collegiate action early in the fourth quarter. Harrell totaled 64 yards and zero touchdown passes on 7-of-8 passing.
Redshirt freshman RB Shannon Woods scored the first touchdown of his career on a 7-yard run in the fourth quarter. Woods finished the game with one carry for six yards and zero touchdowns.