Red Raiders Defense Dominates Scrimmage|
March 28, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech's SWARM defense lived up to its nickname, forcing seven turnovers in the Red Raiders' second scrimmage as the team enters its final week of spring football drills that culminates with next Saturday's Red-Black Game.
Highlighted by three interceptions, including a 30-yard touchdown return by rising sophomore Devin Lemons (Pampa, Texas) late in the scrimmage, and four fumble recoveries, the defense recorded 22 tackles behind the line of scrimmage in the game. Rising sophomore Brian Giddens (Tyler, Texas) interception of a Rob Peters (Katy, Texas) pass early in the game set the tone in the limited-contact game for the Red Raider defense.
Offensively, the team was led in the air by Peters, who completed 10 of 17 passes for 199 yards and rushed 10 times for 45 yards. Backup signal-caller Matt Tittle (Flower Mound, Texas) also showed flashes of success in the game, completing seven of 11 passes for 134 yards. He completed a 60-yard touchdown pass to rising sophomore tailback Rickey Hunter (Dallas, Texas) midway in the contest. Hunter also rushed for two TDs.
Rising sophomore tailback Ricky Williams (Duncanville, Texas) rushed 10 times for 30 yards, while rising junior fullback Sammy Morris carried the ball four times for 45 yards, including a 30-yard TD rush early in the game. Rising sophomore kicker Chris Birkholz (Temple, Texas) connected 46 and 45-yard field goals, as well as four point after attempts in the game.
The highlight of the day was, surprisingly, not on the field. Stoney Garland made his first appearance at a Texas Tech practice following a late November automobile accident that has left him paralyzed from the chest down. A native of Plains, Garland has moved from the Baylor Rehabilitation Center in Dallas to Lubbock and will begin rehabilitation at St. Mary's hospital next month. A benefit golf tournament, sponsored by the Student-Athlete Advisory Board, will be held in April to benefit the Stoney Garland Fund. For more information, call 742-0150.
The Red Raiders will conclude spring drills Saturday, April 4 with the annual Red-Black Game at 10 a.m. in Jones Stadium. The game, which will be broadcast in English (KKAM) and Spanish (KTXQ AM/FM), will be one of several events associated with the inaugural FootballFest '98 sponsored by Texas Tech Medical Center. Appearances by the Masked Rider, Raider Red, the Goin' Band from Raiderland and the Gunfire Kickline will take place during the game. Following the game, Raider Alley will feature musical entertainment, food, games and an autograph session with Texas Tech student-athletes and coaches.
Rushing - Toby Cantu 8-28; Ricky Williams; 10-30 1 TD, Rob Peters 10-45; Rickey Hunter 8-9 2 TD; James Easterling 7-36; Jamaal Crisp 3- -11; Jason Coffey 2-1; Sammy Morris 4-46; Matt Tittle 4-7; Jonathan Hawkins 1-1; Rudy Renda 1-1; Rhett Stone 2-6
Passing - Rob Peters 10-17-199 1 INT; Matt Tittle 7-11 134 1 TD, 1 INT; Jamaal Crisp 4-8-17 1 INT
Receiving - Carson Graves 1-0; J.P. Jansen 1-3; David Nichol 2-27; Rickey Hunter 2-74 1TD; Ricky Williams 1-10; James Easterling 1- -2; Derek Dorris 2-47; Jonathan Hawkins 2-70; Sammy Morris 2-36; Tim Winn 2-43; Rudy Renda 1-22; Dee Jackson 1-13; Jason Coffey 1-8 - TTU -