Texas Tech is currently in a five-year streak of being ranked in the AP poll, the longest streak in school history
TEXAS TECH JUMPS TO 13TH IN COACHES POLL
A panel of FBS coaches voted the Red Raiders No. 13 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, following Texas Tech's season-opening win over Eastern Washington. The ranking is the highest in the poll since a No. 8 ranking in 2005 (Oct. 16).
KICKING OFF IN AUGUST
Last weekend's game against Eastern Washington marked the sixth time Texas Tech opened the season in the month of August and the fourth time under Mike Leach. The Red Raiders are 3-3 in those games.
Since the start of the 2003 season, Texas Tech boasts a 27-5 record at Jones AT&T Stadium. The .844 winning percentage is tied 11th with West Virginia during that stretch. Only Oklahoma (1st/.969) and Texas (8th/.871) have higher percentages among Big 12 schools.
SEASON TICKETS SOLD OUT
For the first time in the program's 84-year history, Texas Tech has sold out of season tickets. The department announced August 20 that 41,773 season tickets were sold for the upcoming season. The number surpasses the previous high of 40,436 sold in 2005.
The Red Raiders had 37 scoring drives in under two minutes in 2007, with 32 of those going for touchdowns. Tech was third nationally behind Tulsa (41) and East Carolina (38). Kansas (36) and Central Michigan (36) were fourth and fifth.
Texas Tech had 13 scoring drives under a minute last season, 11 of those going for touchdowns. The Red Raiders tied Navy and Missouri for third nationally, behind East Carolina and Tulsa, respectively.
Tech managed one in the opener against Eastern Washington last week on the last score of the game. The Red Raiders capitalized late in the fourth quarter off of EWU's turnover on downs. RB Baron Batch carried the ball in from 26 yards out, capping a drive that took only 49 seconds.
RED RAIDERS AMONG ANOTHER TOP 25
Since the start of the 2003 season, Texas Tech has 43 wins to its credit, which ranks among the top 25 during that span. Only Oklahoma (55) and Texas (55) have more wins among Big 12 schools.
GOING FOR IT ON FOURTH DOWN
Texas Tech was successful on 19 fourth-down conversions last season, tying Navy and Notre Dame for the national lead. The Red Raiders converted 61 percent (19-of-31) on the season. The Red Raiders were unsuccessful on two attempts in this year's opener.
SCORING IN BUNCHES
The Red Raiders have scored 30 or more points in 17 of the last 19 games, including the last five straight to end the 2007 campaign. Only Florida (8), Navy (7) and Central Michigan (7) have more consecutive games 30-point games entering the season. Tech is tied with Texas.
Eighty-four of the 105 players that reported to preseason camp hail from the state of Texas. Of those, 37 are among the offensive and defensive two-deep. All 11 offensive starters and eight on the defensive side are Texans.
REACHING COAST-TO-COAST AND BEYOND
Of the 21 players on the 105 that hail from outside the state of Texas, nine of those jumped the border from Oklahoma. Texas Tech's reach extends across the continental U.S. from Georgia (2) and South Carolina (1) to California (2) and points in between - Arizona, New Mexico, Tennessee, Louisiana, Kansas and Arkansas are represented with a player each. Additionally, Hawaii has a player on the Texas Tech roster.
PROGRAM APPROACHING A MILESTONE
Texas Tech Football is nine wins away from the 500th win in program history. Beginning with the first win against Montezuma on Oct. 17, 1925, to the Red Raiders' win in the Gator Bowl against Virginia in January, the program has accumulated 491 wins to 387 losses and 32 ties.
Other Milestone Wins
100 at Oklahoma A&M (16-6) - Oct. 3, 1941
200 West Texas State (38-14) - Sept. 17, 1960
300 at Baylor (17-7) - Sept. 10, 1977
400 Air Force (55-41) - Dec. 27, 1995
TECH STEADY AT HOME OUT OF CONFERENCE
Since Mike Leach's arrival in 2000, the Red Raiders boast an 18-1 non-conference record at Jones AT&T Stadium. Overall, Texas Tech is 31-8 in non-conference matchups, including five bowl wins. The program is 7-4 on the road and 6-3 at neutral sites.
PICKS COME FROM ALL THREE UNITS
Texas Tech grabbed three interceptions against Eastern Washington, with players from the defensive line, linebacking unit and secondary collecting picks. It also marked the first time since Oct. 29, 2005, at Baylor that Texas Tech had grabbed three INTs. LB Brian Duncan intercepted EWU QB Matt Nichols on the game's first play, setting up the Red Raiders' first score. DT Rajon Henley made his first-career pick, snagging a Nichols pass out of the air at the line, while SS Daniel Charbonnet grabbed his second-career INT early in the fourth quarter. Henley's pick was the first for a Texas Tech defensive lineman since current defensive GA Chris Hudler snagged one at Oklahoma State during the 2005 season.
NICE START FOR McNEILL
Although he served as defensive coordinator on an interim basis last season, Ruffin McNeill's first play with the interim tag removed got his tenure off with a bang. LB Brian Duncan took a deflected pass off of EWU receiver Aaron Boyce on the initial play of the game. Tech scored eight plays later.
WOODS COMES BACK STRONG
RB Shannon Woods reclaimed the starting nod at the position in the preseason and had a nice debut to start 2008. Woods scored twice on the ground, including the first score of the season. He finished the game with a productive 52 all-purpose yards, including 37 on the ground.
FOUR RED RAIDERS GET FIRST STARTS
SAM Bront Bird, CB Brent Nickerson, WR Detron Lewis and SS Daniel Charbonnet made their first-career starts against Eastern Washington and each turned in some of the top performances of the night. Nickerson, who had 10 total appearances for the Red Raiders in the previous two seasons, finished the game fourth with six solo tackles and a pass breakup. Lewis exploded for 163 yards on nine receptions, including a 76-yard catch. Charbonnet collected his second-career interception in the fourth quarter and had five tackles and a pass breakup.
TIME TO START A NEW ONE
Freshman PK Donnie Carona's second PAT attempt was blocked by Eastern Washington and brought to an end Texas Tech's 234-consecutive PAT run that dated back to the opener in 2004. Alex Trlica accounted for 233 of those and holds the NCAA record for PATs made without a miss in a career.
TECH SCORES FIVE ON THE GROUND
Texas Tech's running game was the scoring machine in the opener as the ground troops scored five times. RB Shannon Woods scored twice, RB Baron Batch and RB Aaron Crawford once each and QB Graham Harrell once. The five scores were the most in a game since Tech's Insight Bowl win over Minnesota in 2006.