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Texas A&M won the opening coin toss and elected to defer until the second half. Texas Tech elected to defend the south endzone. Texas Tech is now 4-3 on the opening toss this season and has lost two straight.
Texas Tech debuted its seventh different uniform combination of the season today as the Red Raider wore black jerseys over black pants. Tech wore red jerseys over red pants last week against Iowa State.
Texas Tech introduced its 2007 Hall of Honor Inductees: Jeff Taylor (Basketball), Jason Sasser (Basketball), Carl Ince (Basketball), James Gray (Football), Ron Reeves (Football), Jerry Johnson (Football), Dr. Jill Burness Stowe (Volleyball), A.J. "Jake" Broyles (Tennis).
Today's attendance of 55,491 marked the third largest crowd to attend a game at Jones AT&T Stadium. Tech has now had three game home games this season with attendance of 50,000 and brings the average home attendance to 51,836.
Starters - (Offense) - (LT) Rylan Reed, (LG) Louis Vasquez, (C) Shawn Byrnes, (RT) Marlon Winn, (RG) Brandon Carter, (QB) Graham Harrell, (F) Shannon Woods (Y) Danny Amendola (X) Michael Crabtree, (H) Eric Morris (Z) Edward Britton (Defense) - (LE) Jake Ratliff, (NT) Colby Whitlock, (DT) Rajon Henley, (RE) Brandon Williams, (SAM) Brian Duncan, (MIKE) Paul Williams, (WILL) Marlon Williams, (LC) Jamar Wall, (SS) Joe Garcia, (FS) Darcel McBath, (RC) Chris Parker
TECH'S WIN. . .
Gives Head Coach Mike Leach a career record of 62-34 and a 33-26 record in Big 12 action.
Gives Head Coach Mike Leach a 6-2 record against Texas A&M.
Extends Texas Tech's home win streak to fives games dating back to the 2006 season. Tech's last home loss was a 35-31 setback to No. 5 Texas on Oct. 28, 2006.
Marks Texas Tech's third straight win over Texas A&M but the Aggies still lead the all-time series 34-31-1.
MAKE THAT THREE IN A ROW, SEVEN-STRAIGHT AT THE JONES
Texas Tech continued its mastery over rival Texas A&M this afternoon as the Red Raiders took a 35-7 win over the Aggies for its third-straight win in the 66-year history of this series. Texas Tech has now won seven-straight games over the Aggies here at Jones AT&T Stadium and 10 of the last 13 overall meetings. Texas A&M's last win in Lubbock was a 31-6 decision back in 1993.
GOING BOWLING, AGAIN
For the 15th-straight season, Texas Tech fans will be spending part of their holidays at a bowl game. Today's win over Texas A&M makes the Red Raiders bowl eligible with a 6-1 overall record. Texas Tech is the only program of the current Big 12 member institutions to be eligible for the postseason every year of the league's existence and the only program with an overall winning record each season since 1996.
DEFENSE CONTINUES TO MAKE STRIDES
The Texas Tech SWARM defense continues to make strides under newly named interim defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeil. Prior to McNeil taking over the defense just after the Oklahoma State game, the Red Raiders were allowing 405.5 yards of total offense per-game and 28.3 points-per-game. Since the OSU game, the Red Raider defense has allowed an average of 257 yards and 10.33 points-per-game. Texas A&M entered the game averaging 415.7 yards of total offense, but ran into Texas Tech's new and improved defense Saturday afternoon. The Red Raiders limited the Aggies to 366 total yards.
Was held without a touchdown for the first time this season
Recorded his seventh straight game of 100-plus yards receiving as he ended the day with eight receptions for 170 yards.
NOTING THE RED RAIDERS
Texas A&M took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter for its first lead over Texas Tech at Jones AT&T Stadium since taking a 10-0 lead in the first quarter back on Oct. 2, 1999. Tech went on to win that game 21-19.
The Texas Tech offense was held scoreless in the first quarter for the first time this season and was held to back-to-back punts for the first time in 2007.
Junior receiver Eric Morris scored Texas Tech's first touchdown of the game when he hauled in a 12-yard pass from Graham Harrell with 12:48 remaining in the second quarter. The TD reception marked his fourth of the season.
Sophomore Edward Britton gave Tech its first lead of the ballgame with 8:48 remaining in the second quarter when he caught a 28-yard pass from Graham Harrell. The touchdown reception was his first of the season and Harrell's 30th TD pass of the year.
Junior running back Shannon Woods gave Tech a 20-7 lead with 25 seconds remaining in the first half when he scored on a one-yard rush. The rushing touchdown was his eighth of the season.
Alex Trlica's had a 22-yard field goal attempt blocked by Texas A&M's Red Bryant and it marked the first blocked FG by an opponent since 2005 when Nebraska's Adam Ickes blocked a Tech attempt.
Senior receiver Danny Amendola hauled in his fifth touchdown catch of the season today tying his career high for touchdowns in one season set in 2006.