Sept. 13, 2013
Weather conditions at kickoff: 86 Degrees; Winds SE at 12 mph. Humidity 28 percent
Tonight's game was televised nationally by ESPN. Texas Tech now has an all-time record of 13-10 in games played on ESPN.
Tonight's game marked the 56th all-time meeting between Texas Tech and TCU. Texas Tech leads the series 30-23-3 thanks to tonight's 20-10 win.
Today's game marked the 977th all-time game in Texas Tech history.
TCU won the coin toss and elected to defer until the second half. Texas Tech is now 1-2 this season on the opening coin toss.
Texas Tech wore gray jerseys, gray pants, gray helmets and black cleats in tonight's game. This marks the first time in school history that Texas Tech has worn an all gray uniform.
Junior Jackson Richards made his first start of the season at defensive tackle.
Tonight's attendance of 58,702 marks the seventh most attended game in school history. Among the 58,702 in attendance were a school record 16,092 Texas Tech students. The previous record lasted just one week as 14,915 students attended last week's home opener against Stephen F. Austin.
Starters - (Offense) - (LT) Le'Raven Clark, (LG) Alfredo Morales, (C) Jared Kaster, (RG) James Polk (RT) Rashad Fortenberry, (QB) Baker Mayfield, (RB) Kenny Williams, (RB) SaDale Foster, (IR) Jace Amaro, (WR) Eric Ward, (WR) Bradley Marquez (Defense) - (DE) Branden Jackson, (N) Kerry Hyder (T) Jackson Richards, (BAN) Pete Robertson, (WILL) Will Smith, (MIKE) Sam Eguavoen, (RAIDER) Terrance Bullitt, (BC) Bruce Jones, (FC) Olaoluwa Falemi, (FS) Tre' Porter, (SS) J.J. Gaines
TECH'S WIN . .
Gives Texas Tech a 3-0 record for the season.
Gives Texas Tech a 1-0 record in Big 12 Conference Play.
Gives Texas Tech a 13-5 overall record in home Big 12 openers.
Gives Texas Tech its first win over a ranked opponent at home in September since 1989.
Gives Texas Tech its first win over a ranked opponent since beating No. 21 TCU in Fort Worth last season.
Gives Texas Tech its first win over a ranked opponent at home since defeating No. 4 West Virginia 49-14.
Gives Texas Tech three consecutive wins at home dating back to a 41-32 (2OT) win over Kansas.
Snaps a three-game losing skid in home Big 12 openers. Prior to tonight, the last time Tech won its home Big 12 opener was against Kansas State in 2009.
Gives Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury a 3-0 overall record and his first conference win.
NOTING THE RED RAIDERS
Junior running back Kenny Williams gave Texas Tech a 7-0 lead on the first possesion of the game when he hauled in a 50-yard touchdown pass from Baker Mayfield. The TD reception was the longest of his career - his previous career long was a 24-yard reception.
Freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield threw his first career interception on Tech's second drive the game. He had thrown 100 passes without an interception to start the season. Despite the interception, he helped Tech build a 10-0 lead with 137 yards passing (9-of-13, 1 INT).
Junior placekicker Ryan Bustin nailed a 40-yard field goal with 3:16 remaining in the first quarter to give Texas Tech a 10-0 lead. The field goal was his fourth of the season (4-for-4 overall).
Sophomore J.J. Gaines picked up his first career interception with 9:18 to go in the first half and tallied a return of 23 yards. The interception was on a third and long situation for TCU.
Junior receiver Bradley Marquez has caught at least on pass in 20-of-21 career games.
For the second straight week, Jace Amaro tallied a career high in catches as he finished the night with nine. He led all receivers in the game with 97 yards.
Will Smith finished the night with a career high nine tackles. His previous career high of eight set in bowl game last year against Minnesota.
Jackson Richards ended a TCU drive late in the third quarter with his first career interception.
Freshman quarterback Davis Webb replaced Baker Mayfield following an injury in the fourth quarter and ended up connecting with Bradley Marquez for the game winning touchdown. The touchdown catch was the third of the season for Marquez and he has had at least one in all three games of the season.
With the opening drive touchdown, Texas Tech has now scored in 197 consecutive games dating back to Oct. 25, 1997. During this stretch, Tech has scored in double digits 185 times.
Texas Tech's first 10 plays of the game covered 107 yards and the Red Raiders tallied five plays over 10 yards in the first quarter.
The last time Texas Tech held an opponent scoreless in the first quarter was against New Mexico last season. The last time that happened in a Big 12 Conference game was against Missouri in 2011.
The Red Raiders held TCU scoreless in the first half marking the first time for Tech since 2010 (vs. Weber State)... It was the first time Tech held a Big 12 opponent scoreless in the first half since 2009 (vs. K-State).
Texas Tech held TCU scoreless for the first 37:49 of the game ... the last time Tech held an opponent scoreless for a longer period of time was against SMU in 2008. In that game, the Red Raiders held SMU scoreless for 46:56.
Texas Tech came away with two interceptions tonight and it marked the first time the Tech defense had accomplished that feat since the 2012 season against TCU.
The 10 points allowed tonight by the Texas Tech defense is the fewest in a Big 12 Conference since 2007 when the Red Raiders defeated Texas A&M 35-7.
Texas Tech won its first game by scoring 20 or fewer points since a 20-13 win over Baylor in 2009 in Cowboys Stadium. Texas Tech had lost its previous eight games when scoring 20 or fewer points.
Texas Tech won its first game at home by scoring 20 or fewer points since a 12-0 shutout of Texas A&M in 2001.