Nov. 29, 2009
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TEXAS TECH POSTGAME NOTES
Weather conditions at kickoff: 66 degrees and the roof at Cowboys Stadium was open.
Today's game was televised nationally by FSN and marked Tech's ninth game of the season on television and their fourth appearance on FSN. Tech's nine television appearances this season ties a school record.
Baylor won the opening coin toss and elected to receive. Texas Tech is now 8-4 on the season in the opening coin toss.
Texas Tech wore white jerseys over black pants.
Today's attendance: 71,946. The largest crowd to ever see a Texas Tech-Baylor game and the second largest crowd to watch a college game inside the new Cowboys Stadium. The Oklahoma-BYU game holds the record for a collegiate game with 75,437 in attendance.
Today's game captains were Austin Burns (special teams), Baron Batch (offense), Alex Torres (offense), Bront Bird (defense) and Jamar Wall (defense).
Today's game marked Tech's first appearance in Cowboys Stadium, the new $1.15 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys. Saturday's game against Baylor was just the third collegiate game played in the stadium.
Starters - (Offense) - (LT) Chris Olson, (LG) Lonnie Edwards, (C) Shawn Byrnes, (RT) Marlon Winn, (RG) Brandon Carter, (QB) Taylor Potts, (F) Baron Batch (Y) Austin Zouzalik (Z) Alex Torres, (H) Tramain Swindall (X) Lyle Leong (Defense) - (LE) Brandon Sharpe, (NT) Colby Whitlock, (DT) Ra'Jon Henley, (RE) Daniel Howard, (SAM) Bront Bird, (MIKE) Brian Duncan, (WILL) Marlon Williams, (LC) Jamar Wall, (SS) Franklin Mitchem (FS) Cody Davis, (RC) LaRon Moore.
TECH'S WIN. . .
Gives Texas Tech an 8-4 record on the season and a 5-3 mark in Big 12 Conference play. Tech finished the regular-season 3-0 against the Big 12 North Division and 2-3 versus the Big 12 South.
Gives Texas Tech its eighth consecutive 8-plus win season.
Gives Texas Tech a 14-game win streak over Baylor.
Gives Texas Tech an all-time record of 35-32-1 against Baylor.
Gives Texas Tech three consecutive wins in the home stadium of the Dallas Cowboys (2001 vs. North Texas and 1996 vs. Oklahoma State).
Gives Texas Tech a 1-0 record in Cowboys Stadium.
Gives Texas Tech back-to-back wins to end a regular-season for the first time since 1997.
Gives Mike Leach a career record of 84-43.
Gives Mike Leach a career record of 47-33 against the Big 12 Conference.
Gives Mike Leach a career record of 10-0 against Baylor.
STEPHENS SETS SCHOOL RECORD AS A FRESHMAN
His 64-yard kickoff return following the Baylor field goal in the third quarter marked his longest of the season surpassing a 54-yard return against Rice.
Freshman running back Eric Stephens set the school record for kickoff return yards in a single season this evening on his first kickoff return of the game. Stephens returned the first kick 19 yards to give him 633 yards this season which surpasses the record of 621 set by Rodney Blackshear back in 1990. He finished the night with 137 return yards to move his season total to 751 yards.
SHARPE SETS SACK RECORD
Senior defensive end Brandon Sharpe tallied two sacks in the game to move his season total to 15 on the year and in the process establishing a new single-season school record. Sharpe's 15 sacks this season surpasses the previous record of 14 set by Adell Duckett back in 2003.
PROVING THEM WRONG, AGAIN
Today's win over Baylor gives Texas Tech a final standing of third place in the Big 12 South Division standings. For the fourth time in the last five years, Texas Tech has proved its critics wrong as they have placed higher than the preseason predictions. Tech was picked to finish fourth this season by virtually every preseason poll.
NOTING THE RED RAIDERS
Senior defensive tackle Richard Jones and senior defensive end Daniel Howard registered a half sack each on Baylor 3rd and 9 situation deep in Texas Tech territory for a loss of eight yards with 6:28 remaining in the first half. The sack set up a 40-yard field goal attempt for Baylor which was no good (fell short).
Matt Williams' 18-yard field goal with four seconds remaining in the first half gave the Red Raiders their first points of the game and made the score 10-3 in favor of Baylor. The field goal avoided Tech being shutout in the half which would have been a first since the second half at Missouri in 2007. Williams also set a career long with a 43-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. His previous long was 41 yards versus Texas.
The Red Raiders scored their first touchdown of the game with 9:48 remaining in the third quarter when Lyle Leong caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Potts to make the score 13-10 in favor of Baylor. The touchdown reception by Leong was his seventh of the year and his first since the Kansas State game back on Oct. 10.
Senior cornerback Brent Nickerson picked up his first career interception on Baylor's second possession of the third quarter. The interception was just the eighth of the season for the Texas Tech defense.
Lyle Leong caught his second touchdown pass of the night just a few plays later when he hauled in a 12-yard TD reception from Taylor Potts. His last two-TD game was against Texas on Sept. 19.