Tonight's game against Clemson marks the first-ever meeting between these two schools. The Red Raiders, however, have played in the Tangerine Bowl before as Texas Tech took on Florida State on the same date back in 1977.
Texas Tech lost the opening coin toss for the fifth time this season and received the opening coin toss as Clemson elected to defend the south endzone.
Texas Tech wore white jerseys with black pants for the first time in the Mike Leach era. Texas Tech traditionally wore white jerseys with black pants prior to Leach's arrival when they went to all white uniforms.
LT: Daniel Loper; LG: E.J. Whitley; C: Toby Cecil; RG: Rex Richards: RT: Casey Keck; QB: Kliff Kingsbury; F: Taurean Henderson; H: Wes Welker; X: Nehemiah Glover; Y: Mickey Peters; Z: Carlos Francis
LE: Adell Duckett; LT: Rodney McKinney; RT: Lamont Anderson; RE: Aaron Hunt; STUB: Mike Smith; MAC: Lawrence Flugence; BUC: John Saldi; LC: Ricky Sailor; FS: Vincent Meeks; SS: Ryan Aycock; RC: Joselio Hanson
26th Bowl Appearance
Texas Tech made its 26th bowl appearance tonight when the Red Raiders took on Clemson. Texas Tech ranks 21st in the nation in all-time bowl appearances. The Red Raiders trail the Miami Hurricanes who will make their 27th bowl appearance in the Fiesta Bowl.
Kingsbury Completes Storied Career; Reaches 5,000-Yard Mark On The Season
Kingsbury became just the third quarterback in NCAA history to throw for 5,000 yards in a single season joining Ty Detmer of BYU and David Klingler of Houston.
Kingsbury vs. Clemson
Senior quarterback Kliff Kingsbury finished his storied career at Texas Tech tonight in the Tangerine Bowl. Kingsbury will leave Texas Tech and the State of Texas Tech as the all-time leading passer with 5,017 career yards. Kingsbury has also left his mark on college football as a whole as he currently ranks fourth on the all-time NCAA passing list. He is the holder of 39 Texas Tech school records, 13 Big 12 records and seven NCAA marks. Kingsbury also has accounted for 95 career touchdowns.
Finished the game with 375 passing yards and 3 touchdowns. The 375 yards passing is also a new Texas Tech bowl record.
His 150 yards passing in the first quarter was the most since throwing for 183 yards in the first quarter against Missouri.
Kingsbury was named Texas Tech's Offensive Most Valuable Player and the overall MVP for the bowl game.
"The Natural" Strikes Again
Junior Wes Welker (aka The Natural) returned a punt for a touchdown late in the second quarter to give him six in his career and the third this season. The previous school record was three which Welker had tied prior to this season.
Defense Has Stellar First Half
The Tech defense finished the game with four interceptions which is a season-high. The last time Texas Tech picked off four passes in one game was against Baylor in 2001.
The Texas Tech defense dominated in the first half as the unit didn't give up any Clemson points and came away with three interceptions which is a season high. The only Clemson points of the first half came on a safety when a Clinton Greathouse punt was blocked.
The 15 points allowed was the fewest since a 62-11 win over Baylor on November 2.
First Bowl Win Since 1995; Third Nine Win Season Since 1989
Texas Tech won its first bowl game since 1995 when the Red Raiders defeated the Air Force Academy 55-41 in the Copper Bowl (now Insight Bowl). Tonight's win over Clemson gives Texas Tech its third nine win season since 1989 and 10th overall.
A Glimpse Of The Future
Symons added his fifth touchdown pass of the season later in the fourth quarter when he hit Taurean Henderson for a 26-yard score.
Texas Tech fans got a glimpse of the future on Texas Tech's first possession of the second half when B.J. Symons replaced Kliff Kingsbury after Kingsbury left the game due to a minor injury to his ankle. Symons led the offense for nine plays and 52 yards and found Carlos Francis in the endzone to give Texas Tech a 40-9 lead. The touchdwon pass was Symons' fourth of the season.
Texas Tech Notables
Robert Treece's field goal on the first possession of the game marked his first field goal and first field goal attempt since the Colorado game back on Oct. 26. Treece connected on two field goals in that game (22 yds and 42 yds).
With the field goal on the opening drive, Texas Tech has now scored on its opening possession in six game this season.
Sophomore linebacker Mike Smith recorded his second career interception in the first quarter when he intercepted Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst on Clemson's first offensive possession.
Nehemiah Glover scored Texas Tech's first touchdown of the game on a 46-yard pass from Kliff Kingsbury with 5:38 remaining in the first quarter. The touchdown was Glover's 10th of the season.
Freshman linebacker John Saldi recorded his first career interception with 12 minutes remaining the first half.
Saldi was also named Texas Tech's Defensive Most Valuable Player for the bowl game.
Texas Tech has now given up a safety in back-to-back games when Clemson blocked Clinton Greahouse's punt with 5:18 left in the first half. Texas Tech gave up two safeties in the final regular-season game against Oklahoma.
Tech's 34 points in the first half is a school bowl record breaking the record of 31 in the first half of the 1995 Copper Bowl.
Fresman safety Vincent Meeks recorded his second interception of the season late in the first half ending a Clemson scoring
threat. Meeks added to his intercetion total when he picked off his second pass of the game late in the third quarter.
Texas Tech's 55 points was a school record for most points in a bowl game.