TEXAS TECH POST-GAME NOTES
2003 EV1.NET HOUSTON BOWL - RELIANT STADIUM - HOUSTON, TEXAS
Toby Cecil made his 50th consecutive start today establishing a new Texas Tech school record for most consecutive starts in a career.
Texas Tech won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff and defend the south end zone. Tech has now won six coin tosses on the year.
Today's appearance in the EV1.NET Houston Bowl marked Tech's second appearance in the game and the school's 27th bowl game appearance (tied 20th nationally with Texas A&M). The game also marked the fourth straight bowl appearance for the Red Raiders.
Todays attendance of 51,068 is the second largest in the history of the Houston bowl.
Texas Tech Starters (Offense) - (LT) Daniel Loper, (LG) Dylan Gandy, (C) Toby Cecil, (RG) Manuel Ramirez, (RT) E.J. Whitley, (QB) BJ Symons, (F) Taurean Henderson, (H) Wes Welker, (Y) Mickey Peters, (X) Nehemiah Glover, (Z) Carlos Francis (Defense) - (LE) Adell Duckett, (NT) Chris Hudler, (DT) Patrice Majondo-Mwamba, (RE) Keyunta Dawson, (SAM) Brock Stratton, (MIKE) Mike Smith, (WILL) John Saldi, (LC) Chad Johnson, (SS) Ryan Aycock, (FS) Byron Johnson, (RC) Jabari Smith
BACK-TO-BACK BOWL CHAMPIONS
Texas Tech's 38-14 win over Navy gave the Red Raiders the 2003 EV1.NET Houston Bowl Championship. The win gives Texas Tech its second-straight bowl win marking the first time in school history that the Red Raiders have won back-to-back bowl games (in consecutive seasons). Texas Tech won last year's Tangerine Bowl over the Clemson Tigers 55-15. The last time Texas Tech won a bowl game in the State of Texas was against Pacific in the 1952 Sun Bowl in El Paso, following the 1951 season.
THE SYMONS WATCH
Senior quarterback B.J. Symons extended his NCAA season passing record to 5,833 yards as he finished the game with 497 passing yards and four touchdowns.
With 52 passing touchdowns this season, B.J. Symons becomes just one of two quarterbacks in NCAA history to throw 50 or more touchdowns in a single season. David Klingler threw 54 touchdowns during his 1990 season at Houston.
Set a new Houston Bowl record with 497 passing yards. He surpassed Josh Fields of Oklahoma State who threw for 310 yards in last year's game against Southern Mississippi.
Broke Kliff Kingsbury's bowl game passing record as Kingsbury totaled 375 yards passing last year against Clemson in the Tangerine Bowl. Symons finished the game with 497 passing yards.
Symons finished the first half with 266 passing yards and two touchdowns (20-of-25).
NOTING THE OFFENSE
Carlos Francis' 50-yard reception in the second quarter ties the sixth longest pass play this season (tied with Cody Fuller and Mickey Peters).
Mickey Peters scored the first touchdown of the game when he caught a four-yard pass from B.J. Symons. He also caught the final touchdown of the game for a 12-touchdown season. The final touchdown moves him into a first-place tie with Lloyd Hill (1992) on the single-season list.
Nehemiah Glover picked up his ninth touchdown of the season with four seconds left in the first half. The touchdown was a 17-yard reception from Symons.
Taurean Henderson gave Tech a 20-7 lead in the third quarter when he scored on four-yard run. The rushing touchdown was his 10th of season.
Jarrett Hicks gave Tech a 30-14 lead when he caught his fifth touchdown pass of the season with 8:49 remaining in the game.
NOTING THE DEFENSE
The Tech defensive unit held Navy on back-to-back fourth down tries marking the first time the unit has accomplished that since the opening game of the season against SMU.
The Tech defense held Navy scoreless in the first half marking the first time in 14 games that the Midshipmen have been shutout in the first half of play.
THE RECORDS CONTINUE TO FALL
Single-season PAT's: 66 (62 in 2002)
The following team records were established in today's game:
Single-season touchdown passes: 53 (50 in 2002)
Keith Toogood missed his first field goal of the season (opening drive of the game) from the 20-29 yard mark. He was 3-of-3 coming into the game from that range. The drive that led up to the missed FG was a season-high 17 play drive. The previous longest drive was 14 on two different occasions.
Wes Welker's 183 receptions the last two seasons rank as the best two-year total in school history. Welker picked up his first reception of the game in the second quarter and he has now recorded at least on reception in 47 straight games, tying an NCAA record (USC's Kareem Kelly and Northwestern's Kunle Patrick).
Keyunta Dawson picked up his first career fumble recovery at the start of the second quarter. Navy QB Craig Candetto fumbled on a fourth-and-one situation from the one-yard line.
Texas Tech set a new single-season touchdown record on the first score of the game when the Red Raiders scored the 72nd touchdown of the season surpassing last year's record of 71. Tech finished the 2003 season with 76 touchdowns.