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Sept. 12, 2010

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GETTING STARTED


  • Weather conditions at kickoff: Sunny skies; 80 degrees; winds from the SW at 10 mph.
  • Tonight's game was televised by The Mountain and marked Tech's first-ever appearance on the network.
  • Tonight's game marked Tech's first road game of the season and its first appearance at University Stadium in Albuquerque since 2004.
  • Tonight's game marked the 42nd all-time meeting between the Red Raiders and the Lobos.
  • Tonight's game marked the first game played on September 11 by the Red Raiders since suffering a 27-24 setback to the Lobos here in Albuquerque in 2004.
  • Texas Tech won the opening coin toss and elected to receive. Tech is now 1-1 on the coin toss this season.
  • Texas Tech wore white jerseys with white pants and white helmets.
  • Tonight's attendance: 25,734
  • Tonight's game captains were senior quarterback Taylor Potts and and senior linebacker Brian Duncan.
  • Defensive end Aundrey Barr made his first career start this evening at defensive end. Eric Stephens made his third career start in place of Baron Batch, snapping Batch' 14-game starting streak.
    Starters - (Offense) - (LT) LaAdrian Waddle, (LG) Lonnie Edwards, (C) Justin Keown, (RT) Chris Olson, (RG) Deveric Gallington, (QB) Taylor Potts, (F) Eric Stephens (Y) Detron Lewis (Z) Jacoby Franks, (H) Tramain Swindall (X) Lyle Leong (Defense) - (LE) Aundrey Barr, (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 2-0 record on the season and a five-game win streak dating back to last season.
  • Gives Texas Tech its first road win of the season and its first true road victory since defeating then No. 15 Nebraska 31-10 in Lincoln on Oct. 17, 2009. The Red Raiders won a pair of netural site games against Baylor and Michigan State to close out the 2009 season.
  • Gives Texas Tech three-straight wins outside of the central time zone.
  • Gives Texas Tech an all-time record of 34-6-2 against New Mexico.
  • Gives Texas Tech two-straight wins over the Lobos.
  • Gives Tommy Tuberville a career record of 112-60.
  • Gives Tommy Tuberville a career record of 2-0 as the head coach of the Red Raiders.
  • Gives Tommy Tuberville a career record of 1-0 against New Mexico.

    RED RAIDERS DEBUT WHITE HELMETS
    There was a lot of white on the Texas Tech sideline tonight as the Red Raiders dressed in white pants, white jerseys and white helmets. Tech wore white helmets in a game for the first time since the Jim Carlen era between 1970-74.

    ANOTHER BIG NIGHT FOR STEPHENS
    Sophomore running back Eric Stephens, who piled up plenty of big games as a true freshman in 2009, had another huge night as he compiled 175 kickoff return yards along with 264 all-purpose. Stephens' 1,120 kickoff return yards moved him into sole possession of third place on the school's career list. He trails All-American and college football hall of fame member Donny Anderson, the school's career kickoff return yardage leader, by just 189 yards.

  • His 93-yard return midway through the first quarter marked a career long. His previous long was a 64-yard return last season against Baylor in Cowboys Stadium.

    NOTING THE RED RAIDERS

  • 52 points scored are the most by Texas Tech since week 6 last season (66-14 vs. Kansas State, 10/10).
  • Seniors Colby Whitlock and Brian Duncan extended their consecutive start streaks tonight against New Mexico. Whitlock's start at nose tackle marked his 38th consecutive while Duncan made his 36th consecutive start.
  • Austin Zouzalik's first touch of the season resulted in a 55-yard touchdown reception (also a career long reception surpassing a 50 yard catch in the Alamo Bowl) that gave the Red Raiders a 7-0 lead with 14:15 remaining in the first quarter. Zouzalik missed last week's game after undergoing an appendectomy back on Aug. 12.
  • Junior Aaron Crawford blocked the first punt of the night by New Mexico (after the Tech defense ended the Lobos' first offensive drive) and the ball was recovered on the 3-yardline by Jonathan Brydon. Eric Stephens scored on the next play on a 3-yard rush for his first touchdown of the season.
  • Eric Stephen's 93-yard kickoff return (career long) sparked Tech's third scoring drive of the game and ultimately led to a 2-yard touchdown rush by senior running back Baron Batch. The rushing touchdown was his first of the season and the 21st of his career.
  • Senior running back Baron Batch committed Tech's first turnover of the season on the UNM 1-yard line early in the second quarter. Batch fumbled on the play and that resulted in a 7-yard return for the Lobos.
  • Sophomore receiver Alex Torres made his first appearance of the season with just over 10 minutes to play in the second quarter. Torres missed the SMU gameafter suffering a lower back strain during training camp.
  • Senior placekicker Matt Williams nailed his first field goal of the season with 7:05 remaining in the first half and gave Tech a 24-3 lead. His 22-yard field goal came one week after having two attempts blocked against SMU.
  • Lyle Leong's fourth touchdown catch of the season gave the Red Raiders a 30-10 lead with 1:15 to go in the first half. Leong hauled in a 25-yard pass from Taylor Potts that wrapped up a 76-yard scoring drive. He caught his second touchdown pass (11-yard reception) of the game early in the fourth quarter for his sixth career multiple touchdown game and his second of the season.
  • Senior defensive end Brian Duncan picked up his fourth sack of the season with 24 seconds remaining in the first half. Duncan compiled the first three sacks of his career last week against SMU after debuting in his new position.
  • Jonathan Brydon, who recovered the ball on Tech's first blocked punt of the night, blocked New Mexico's first punt of the second half and gave the Red Raider the ball on the 1-yard line. One play later, Batch ran the ball into the end zone to give the Red Raiders a 38-17 lead.
  • Sophomore corner Will Ford picked up his second career interception with just over minutes remaining in the third quarter. The interception was his first since the Houston game last season and stopped a New Mexico drive on the TTU 3-yard line.
  • Junior Scott Smith picked up his first career sack late in the third quarter which resulted in a fumble that was recovered by the Lobos.
  • Freshman Jarvis Phillips grabbed his second interception of the season in the 4th quarter with 10:22 remaining which he returned for 27 yards.
  • Senior back-up quarterback Steven Sheffield entered in the 4th quarter and ended his first drive with a 10-yard touchdown run. It marked his third career rushing touchdown to give Texas Tech a 52-17 lead.
  • Senior Taylor Potts finished with 22-of-34 passing for 293 yards with three touchdowns. His second completion of the game was his 400th career. He also moved past the 4,500 career passing yardage mark. Now has 34 career touchdowns which places him seventh on the Tech all-time career touchdown list. Now owns nine multiple touchdown games, including five in a row dating back to last season.
  • Junior Lawrence Rumph tallied his first career sack with 7:29 remaining in the fourth quarter.
  • Scott Smith recorded his first career fumble recovery with 2:10 left in the game.
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