Raiders Prepare for Iowa State|
September 20, 1998
Texas Tech (3-0, 0-0) vs. Iowa State (2-1, 0-0) Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998 Jack Trice Stadium Ames, Iowa 11:30 a.m. (Fox TV)
Texas Tech Opens Big 12 Season at Iowa State Texas Tech (3-0, 0-0 in the Big 12 South) will travel to Ames, Iowa to face Iowa State (2-1, 0-0 in the Big 12 North) Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in Jack Trice Stadium in the Big 12 opener for both teams. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Net (see below) as part of the league's television package. Texas Tech is scheduled to depart Lubbock via Southwest Airlines charter at 9 a.m. Friday and will arrive in Des Moines, Iowa at 11 a.m. The team will be staying at the Des Moines Marriott. The two teams have met only twice with the Red Raiders claiming both victories in Lubbock. Texas Tech and Iowa State have never played each other in Ames. (See series notes later in this release). Texas Tech has posted a 6-2 road record in the first two seasons of the Big 12 and is 7-3 in its last 10 conference road games dating back to 1995.
Last Week for the Red Raiders Texas Tech clinched its best start since 1989 with a roller-coaster 34-28 win over Fresno State last weekend in Lubbock. Junior middle linebacker Kyle Shipley (Arlington, Texas) recovered a Jaime Kimbrough fumble in the end zone for the game-winning score with just :48 seconds left in the game. With Texas Tech ahead 27-22, Fresno State linebacker Justin Johnson returned a Matt Tittle(Flower Mound, Texas) interception 33 yards to give the Bulldogs a 28-27 advantage with 4:04 left in the game. Sophomore free safety John Norman returned the ensuing kickoff 86 yards but a Ricky Williams(Duncanville, Texas) fumble at the goal line gave the ball back to Fresno with 1:40 left on the clock before Shipley's heroics claimed the victory for the Red Raiders. Sophomore tailback Williams led Texas Tech in rushing with 244 yards, while the SWARM defense limited Fresno State to just nine yards rushing for the game. (See Fresno State game notes later in this release)
Spike Dykes Spike Dykes entered a record-setting season in 1998 as the "dean" of Big 12 coaches. In his 12th season as the head football at Texas Tech, Dykes has surpassed Pete Cawthon for the longest tenure at that position. With a record of 72-57-1, Dykes signed a contract extension following the 1997 season that ensures that he will remain the coach of the Red Raiders through the year 2000. Recognized as the first-ever Big 12 Coach of the Year in 1996, he has led the Red Raiders to seven-straight seasons of no lower than second-place conference or division finishes. A 1959 graduate of Stephen F. Austin, Dykes has coached 10 All-Americas and 69 all-conference selections and his offensive squads have set over 77 individual or team school records. His philosophy of coaching... "I think you coach because you love kids. If you do that, every day is rewarding."
Radio / Television Coverage The Iowa State contest will be broadcast live on Texas Tech's network of radio stations throughout the state of Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Veteran play-by-play announcer Jack Dale returns for his 47th-straight year as the voice of the Red Raiders. John Harris (17th year) will handle the color commentary and Mark Finkner (1st year) will provide sideline reports. The game will also be available on the Internet through Broadast.com. A link to the broadcast is provided on the Texas Tech athletic website at www.texastech.com. In addition, for the first time ever, all Texas Tech football games will be broadcast in Spanish on KXTQ-FM/AM in Lubbock. Longtime Dallas Cowboys announcer Mario Montez will handle the play-by-play duties. The game will be televised via syndication by Fox Sports Net. Drew Goodman will handle the play-by-play duties, while Dave Lapham will serve as color analyst. Jim Knox will provide sideline reports and Robert Steinfeld is the telecast's producer. For specific station information, contact Fox Sports at 972/868-1800.
Iowa State Iowa State enters the game with a 2-1 overall record entering the league-opener for both teams. For the second-straight season, Darrin Davis leads the Cyclones in rushing, ranking fourth in the nation with a 171.0 per game average. He is the brother of Troy Davis, who finished just ahead of Dr Pepper Doak Walker Award winner Byron Hanspard for the 1996 NCAA rushing title. ISU has allowed just nine points while rushing for over 250 yards in each of its two wins this season. Coach Dan McCarney (4th season) has one of the league's top passers in Todd Bandhauer, who averages 188.3 yards per game with three TDs. The ISU offense average 6.3 yards per play and 423 yards per game. The Cyclones won their first road game since 1991 and snapped a 15-game winning streak against rival Iowa with a convincing 27-9 victory over the Hawkeyes in Iowa City on Sept. 12.
Texas Tech vs. Iowa State: The Series Texas Tech and Iowa State have met only twice on the gridiron in history and have never played as members of the same conference or in Ames, Iowa. Texas Tech owns a 2-0 lead in the series with a 52-0 shutout in 1967 and a 24-3 win in 1974. Both games were season-openers for the Red Raiders. In 1967 Texas Tech jumped out to a 24-0 halftime lead en route to a 52-0 shutout of Iowa State. Quarterback John Scovell ran for three TDs in the game and threw for another to lead Texas Tech offensively. Backup quarterback Joe Matulich led the Raiders in rushing with seven carries for 59 yards in the game. Texas Tech rushed for 289 yards and passed for 151 yards on a season-high 30 attempts for 440 total yards of offense. In 1974 Texas Tech outgained the Cyclones by a 382-213 margin, including a 306-176 rushing advantage to take a 24-3 win. Larry Isaac set a series record with 126 yards on the ground for the Red Raiders with two TD runs. Buddy Hardeman led ISU in rushing with an identical 126 yards.
Williams Reclaims National Lead Texas Tech tailback Ricky Williams (Duncanville, Texas) is the only rusher in the nation averaging over 200 yards per game. Currently averaging 6.0 yards per carry following last weekend's 244-yard performance against Fresno State. He rushed for the fifth-highest regular-season total ever for a Red Raider with 251 yards against Texas-El Paso in the season opener. His total yardage in that game was the highest in the nation for that week and his 42 carries vs. Fresno State was a career-high. Last season Williams set a Red Raider freshman rushing record with 894 yards on 201 carries. Williams should not be confused with talented University of Texas senior running back Ricky Williams. Both Rickys will be harder to recognize than in 1997 after changing jersey numbers. Texas Tech's Ricky now wears No. 2 (prep jersey #) after wearing No. 35 last season. UT's Ricky switched from No. 11 to No. 34 this season.
Top Single Game Rushing Performances Yds Player Opp Year 287 Byron Hanspard Baylor 1996 272 Hanspard Okla. St. 1996 268 James Hadnot N. Mexico 1978 257 Hanspard USL 1996 251 Ricky Williams UTEP 1998 244 Ricky Williamns Fresno St. 1998 *regular-season only
T-I-T-T-L-E Spells Relief Senior Matt Tittle (Flower Mound, Texas) started his first career game against North Texas and set a career-high with 257 yards in the air. He saw the first significant action since his high school days in the Texas-El Paso game following starter Rob Peters' departure due to a shoulder injury. Tittle had only attempted one pass as a Red Raider but finished the UTEP game completing 10-of-18 attempts for 172 yards and one TD. He connected on passes of 60-yards and 45-yards (for a TD) to Donnie Hart in the game.
Reagor One of Nation's Top Sackers Senior Montae Reagor (Waxahachie, Texas) recorded two sacks against Fresno State to become the school's most prolific quarterback pass rusher. A Rotary Lombardi Award candidate, he passed Calvin Riggs (1983-86) to become the career record-holder with 19.5 sacks.
Career Sacks Chart Tot Player Years 19.5 Montae Reagor 1995-98 18.5 Calvin Riggs 1983-86 17 Shawn Jackson 1991-93 17 James Mosley 1985-88 *regular-season only
Reagor Looking to Pass Rivera Reagor also needs just four tackles for losses (prior to FSU game) to surpass All-America Gabe Rivera as the school leader in that category. Against North Texas, Reagor recorded three tackles behind the line of scrimmage to surpass Zach Thomas on the career list with 31.
Career Tackles for Loss Chart Tot Player Years 34 Gabriel Rivera 1979-82 31 Montae Reagor 1995-98 29 Zach Thomas 1992-95 27 Michael Johnson 1984-87 *going into Fresno State game
Hart Candidate for Biletnikoff Award Senior Biletnikoff Award candidate receiver Donnie Hart (Wolfforth, Texas) moved into fourth on the Texas Tech list for career receiving yards against North Texas. Against Fresno State, he passed Donny Anderson for career receiving TDs. He tied Anderson on Texas Tech's first offensive play from scrimmage against UNT on a 44-yard TD strike from Matt Tittle.
Career Receiving Yards 1. Lloyd Hill (1990-93) 3,059 2. Wayne Walker (1985-88) 2,007 3. Rodney Blackshear (1987-91) 1,980 4. Donnie Hart (1995- ) 1,647 5. Sammy Williams (1974-77) 1,490 6. Donny Anderson (1963-65) 1,392
It's All Academic The Red Raiders have several players worthy of consideration for Academic All-America honors this season. Junior quarterback Rob Peters (Katy, Texas) enters the season with a cumulative grade point average of over a 3.9 in his accounting major. Junior raider Keith Cockrum (Goldthwaite, Texas) has a perfect 4.0 g.p.a in his finance major. Junior raider Reagan Bownds (Eldorado, Texas) has over a 3.6 g.p.a. in his agribusiness major. Eight Red Raiders earned a perfect 4.0 in at least one semester during 1997-98. Texas Tech was second in the Big 12 in academic all-Big 12 selections in 1997 with 15.
SWARM Enjoys Banner Day vs. UNT Texas Tech's SWARM defense is living up to its preseason billing with three strong performances to begin the season. Ranked seventh in the nation in rushing defense, the Red Raiders limited Fresno State to just six yards rushing in the game. Texas Tech allowed just three points in the first two games against UTEP and North Texas and held Fresno State to just one offensive TD. Texas Tech also limited North Texas to just 125 yards of total offense, which was the lowest total allowed since holding TCU to 177 yards in a 49-17 win in 1977.
National Turnover Margin Leader According to research conducted by Pete Tredwell of ESPN, Texas Tech entered 1998 as the top team in the nation in turnover margin over the last five seasons. The Red Raiders have a plus-52 margin in turnovers, including a plus-12 last season. Penn State is second with a plus-40 margin. In 1997, the Red Raiders finished 11th in the nation in turnover margin with plus-1.00 per game.
1993-97 Turnover Margin 1. Texas Tech +52 2. Ohio State +40 3. Penn State +37 4. Colorado State +36 5. Clemson +35 *prior to the 1998 season
Red Raiders Third-Best in Big 12 Games Since the formation of the Big 12 Conference prior to the 1996 season, Texas Tech is tied with Colorado and A&M for the third-best conference record of any team in the league. Tech is one of only three teams to post at least five conference wins in each of its first two seasons in the Big 12.
Big 12 Wins Leaders Rank Team Record Pct. 1. Nebraska 16-0 1.000 2. Kansas State 14-3 .824 t3. Texas Tech 10-6 .625 t3. Colorado 10-6 .625 t3. Texas A&M 10-6 .625 6. Missouri 9-8 .529 t7. Oklahoma State 8-9 .471 t7. Texas 8-9 .471 9. Oklahoma 5-11 .313 10. Kansas 5-13 .278 t11. Iowa State 2-14 .125 t11. Baylor 2-14 .125 *Through 9/19/98
Road Warriors Texas Tech enters the third season of the Big 12 Conference having fashioned an impressive 6-2 conference road record since the league began in 1996. The only two teams the Red Raiders have not beaten on the road are nationally-ranked Nebraska and Kansas State over the first three seasons of the Big 12.
Big 12 Road Records Rank Team 1996 1997 1998 Tot 1. Nebraska 4-0 4-0 0-0 8-0 t2. Texas Tech 3-1 3-1 0-0 6-2 t2. Kansas State 3-1 3-1 0-0 6-2 t4. Colorado 3-1 2-2 0-0 5-3 t4. Texas A&M 3-1 2-2 0-0 5-3 6. Oklahoma State 0-3 3-1 1-0 4-4 7. Oklahoma 2-2 1-2 0-0 3-3 8. Missouri 1-3 2-2 0-0 3-5 9. Texas 2-1 0-4 0-1 2-5 10. Kansas 2-2 0-4 0-1 2-7 t11. Iowa State 0-4 0-4 0-0 0-8 t11. Baylor 0-4 0-4 0-0 0-8 *Through 9/19/98
Red Raider Ground Defense Texas Tech's rushing defense is ranked 7th in the nation after the first three games of the season. The SWARM defense limited Fresno State to just nine yards on the ground, the fewest since holding Kansas State to minus-12 yards in 1996. Last season, Texas Tech limited its conference opponents to an average of almost 80 fewer yards per game on the ground than their final averages.
1997 Rushing Defense vs. Big 12 Opp Final Avg. vs. Tech Diff. Baylor 185.4 96 -89.4 Kansas 115.1 11 -104.1 Nebraska 392.6 400 +7.4 Texas A&M 205.4 151 -54.4 Kansas State 220.2 129 -91.2 Texas 201.5 68 -133.5 Oklahoma St. 226.0 150 -76.0 Oklahoma 207.6 109 -98.6
One of the Nation's Heaviest Last season Texas Tech owned the third-largest starting offensive line in the nation, averaging 320.6 across the line. This season, the projected starting lineup for the five offensive line positions totals 1,614-pounds, which averages a whopping 322.8 pounds per man. The heavest player on the line is sophomore tackle Jonathan Gray (Lubbock, Texas). Nicknamed "The House," Gray was the Big 12's largest player in 1997. With the addition of backup Kyle Sanders at center (who started for Robert Haddon against Fresno State), the average increases to 324.2.
Red Raider 300 Pounders *Jonathan Gray OT 6-5 357 Nick Lee OT 6-7 309 *Curtis Lowery OG 6-4 320 Dan Martin OG 6-4 318 *Steve McFadden OT 6-4 328 Matt Heider OG 6-5 306 Shane Roberts OG 6-4 302 Lance Williams OG 6-2 316 Kyle Sanders C 6-2 305 *Erik Carruth OG 6-4 311 Justin Collingsworth OT 6-6 316 Jason Jones DT 6-2 337 * indicates offensive line starter
Youth Brigade This season's Red Raider football team has only 17 seniors on the 105-man roster this season. The class breakdown for the current roster is: 39 freshmen (21 redshirt, 18 true), 30 sophomores, 19 juniors and 17 seniors. With only 15 seniors on the squad last season, Texas Tech had one of the youngest teams in the Big 12 Conference. The 17-member senior class this season includes Darwin Brown, who lost a medical redshirt application to the NCAA and Kevin McCullar, who lost his freshman year as a partial qualifier. Among the accomplishments of the Red Raiders seniors are: three-straight bowl appearances; never finishing lower than second in the conference or division; and advancing to the first Cotton Bowl since 1939. They have also defeated Texas A&M three-straight seasons and swept the in-state league rivals (Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M) in 1997.
Class Breakdown Freshmen 39 Redshirt 21 True 18 Sophomores 30 Juniors 19 Seniors 17 *105-man preseason roster
Tech Among Tops in Big 12 History One overlooked aspect of Texas Tech's football program is its long history of success. Despite being the youngest school in the Big 12 (74th year of football this season), Texas Tech has been to 22 bowl games, which is among the top 20 in the nation, and has the fourth-best average wins per season in the league. Entering 1997, Texas leads the list at 6.8 wins per season, while Nebraska and Oklahoma are second and third, respectively with a 6.7 and 6.6 average. Texas Tech is tied with Texas A&M for fourth with 5.7, while Colorado rounds out the top half of the league with an average of 5.6 and 5.5 wins per season, respectively. Five teams in the South Division of the Big 12 are among the top seven schools in wins per season in their histories.
All-Time Wins Per Season Rank School Yrs Wins Avg 1. Texas 105 717 6.83 2. Nebraska 107 722 6.75 3. Oklahoma 103 683 6.63 t4. Texas Tech 73 413 5.66 t4. Texas A&M 103 583 5.66 6. Colorado 108 593 5.49 7. Baylor 96 492 5.13 8. Missouri 107 527 4.93 9. Kansas 108 502 4.65 10. Oklahoma St. 96 423 4.41 11. Iowa State 105 433 4.12 12. Kansas State 102 366 3.59
Red Raiders Making the Grade Last academic year Texas Tech athletes posted record-setting efforts in the classroom in both the fall and spring semesters. The overall grade-point average for Red Raiders student-athletes for the spring semester was a 2.801, which went up from the 2.784 during the fall semester. Both marks were the best since at least 1990. Over 87 percent of Texas Tech student-athletes during the spring '98 semester earned a 2.00 g.p.a. or above. Over 85 percent of the football players recorded a 2.00 g.p.a. or better. The average g.p.a. for the football team was a 2.62 during the spring and 30 players earned either president's or dean's list honors for either semester.
1998 Schedule & Results Date Opponent W/L Score/Time Record S. 5 TEXAS-EL PASO W 35 - 3 1-0, 0-0 S. 12 at North Texas W 30- 0 2-0, 0-0 S. 19 FRESNO STATE W 34-28 3-0, 0-0 S. 26 at Iowa State (Fox TV) 11:30 O. 3 BAYLOR 6:00 O. 10 OKLAHOMA ST. 6:00 O. 17 at Colorado tba O. 24 at Texas A&M 1:00 O. 31 MISSOURI+ 1:00 N. 14 TEXAS 1:00 N. 21 at Oklahoma 1:00 Big 12 Game; All Times Central; Homecoming; + Family Day
Last Week's Results Texas Tech 34, Fresno State 28; Baylor 33, N.C. State 30; Iowa State 38, Ball State 0; *Kansas State 48, Texas 7; Ohio State 35, Missouri 14; Texas A&M 24, Southern Mississippi 6; California 13, Oklahoma 12; Oklahoma State 42, Mississippi State 23; Kansas 63, Illinois State 21; Colorado 25, Utah State 6
This Week's Schedule Texas Tech at Iowa State (Fox Sports Net Synd.), 11:30 a.m.; Northeast Louisiana at Kansas State, 1 p.m.; Washington at Nebraska (ABC-TV), 2:30 p.m.; Rice at Texas (Fox Sports Net), 6 p.m.; Kansas at Alabama-Birmingham, 6 p.m.; North Texas at Texas A&M, 7:30 p.m.; Baylor at Colorado (Fox Sports Net), 9:15 p.m. All Times Central