Sept. 29, 2007
Live game blog will get underway at 5:45 p.m. (CT)
5:45 PM (15 minutes until kickoff)
On Parents Weekend at Texas Tech the Red Raiders hit the field with a blast from the past. The Red Raiders are wearing their 5th different jersey combination in five games with their red tops and white bottoms, a combination raider fans were used to seeing in the 1960s. This Saturday also marks the debut of Ruffin McNeill as interim defensive coordinator. Graham Harrell will look to lead the Red Raiders to a victory after turning in the fourth best single-game total for passing yardage in NCAA history, with 646 yards. That total was also the second best total in Tech history, B.J. Symons' 661 at Mississippi in 2003 is the record.
6:00 PM (Time for Kickoff)
Texas Tech won the toss and elected to receive. Northwestern St. will kickoff and defend the south end. This looks to be another great day of weather in Lubbock, with temperatures in the mid 80s.
6:07 PM (12:52 in 1st Quarter) Raiders draw first blood
Shannon Woods rushed from four yards out to put the Red Raiders on the board, 7-0. Alex Trlica to his NCAA record with his 194th consecutive PAT. The scoring drive marked the fifth time in five games that Tech has scored on its opening drive. Tech converted on a third down and a fourth down during the drive. Harrell looks to have picked up right where he left off looking sharp on the opening drive.
6:21 PM (6:57 in 1st Quarter) Crabtree adds to lead
6:36 PM (End of 1st Quarter)
Michael Crabtree caught his nation leading 12th touchdown of the season when he and Graham Harrell hooked up for a 34-yard pass, to make the score 14-0. Crabtree was able to get behind the defense on a flag route and Harrell threw a perfect pass to the back of the end zone. That puts Crabtree one TD reception from the school record for single season TD receptions, in just his fifth game.
After one quarter of play Texas Tech leads Northwestern St. 14-0. The offense has done its part by scoring on two of its three drives. The offense has done a good job of converting on 3rd downs. On their third drive Tech squandered a golden opportunity after Danny Amendola
returned a punt deep inside of Demon territory. The defense has forced two punts, but at the end of the quarter the Demons were deep in Tech territory.
6:38 PM (14:54 of 2nd Quarter) Tech gives up first touchdown of the game, still lead 14-7
The Texas Tech shutout the Demons for an entire quarter, but it took only six seconds into the second for the Demons to get on the board. Sophomore QB Germayne Edmond connected with junior Dudley Guice for an 18-yard touchdown.
6:50 PM (13:13 of 2nd Quarter) Tech answers right back and leads 21-7
The Tech offense did not wait long to answer the Demon's touchdown. The Red Raiders only took 1:41 to regain its 14-point lead. QB Graham Harrell connected with RB Shannon Woods for a 2-yard TD pass. The drive included a 34-yard completion to WR Michael Crabtree, which lead to the Tech student section to begin its first "Crab-tree" chant.
7:00 PM (Midway thru 2nd Quarter) Special Teams hurt both teams
Both special teams have hurt their respective teams in the middle part of the 2nd quarter. In an effort to catch Tech napping Northwestern St. attempted a fake punt on their own side of the field, which Tech read perfectly. However, Tech's offense could not get anything going and the scoring chance was lost when Alex Trlica missed a 44-yard field goal attempt wide left.
7:15 PM (5:53 of 2nd Quarter) Trlica drills FG to put Tech up 24-7
After missing his last attempt Alex Trlica booted on a 51-yard field goal to increase Tech's lead to 17.
7:25 PM (2:12 of 2nd Quarter) Woods scores 3rd touchdown of the game
When Shannon Woods took a handoff up the middle and bounced it wide left for a 25-yards TD run, he tired his career high for touchdowns in the game. The 50-yard drive was done primarily on the ground, with Woods running for two large gains. The TD increases the score to 31-7.
7:34 PM (0:45 of 2nd Quarter) Big play on special teams leads to 38-7 lead
Steven Harris was able to get through the Demon line to get his hands on Marshall Burton's punt. The punt was picked up by Daniel Charbonnet who lateraled it back to Harris who dove into the end zone for what appeared to be a touchdown. The play was reviewed and reversed, it was ruled that Charbonnet was done before getting the ball off to Harris. That didn't seem to hinder the Tech offense, which scored a touchdown on the very next play. Harrell connected with Eric Morris for his third touchdown reception on the season.
7:48 PM (Halftime) Defense plays strong
Texas Tech has been able to hold Northwestern St. to just to 129 yards and 8 first downs in the first half. Just one week ago the Tech defense gave up 378 yards on the ground to Oklahoma St., this week the defense has only surrendered 39 net yards on 22 attempts. The defense has also held the Demons to one third down conversion.
8:07 PM (12:01 of 3rd Quarter) Crabtree goes back to the books
Michael Crabtree caught his 2nd TD of the game when Graham Harrell hit him in the end zone from 30-yards out. That TD was Crabtree's 13th on the season, which ties a school record. Crabtree joins Joel Filani (2006) and Jarrett Hicks (2004).
8:12 PM (9:15 of 3rd Quarter) Defense forces turnover
Darcel McBath picked off Germayne Edmond deep in Demon territory to give the offense great field position.
8:12 PM (8:09 of 3rd Quarter) And just like that he stands alone
When Graham Harrell hit Michael Crabtree for a 6-yard touchdown pass he not only passed every receiver in Tech history, but he joined he elite freshman in NCAA history. Crabtree caught his 3rd touchdown of the game, his 3rd straight 3 touchdown game and 4th in 5 games. With that TD Crabtree ties the NCAA freshman mark for receiving TDs in a season. That moves the score to 52-7.
8:29 PM (4:43 of 3rd Quarter) Potts throws for first career TD to push lead to 59-7
Taylor Potts came in and picked up right were Harrell left off, leading Tech on another touchdown drive. Potts hit Detron Lewis on a 11-yard TD pass.
8:46 PM (2:18 of 3rd Quarter) High school teammates hook-up to push Tech to 66-7 lead
Taylor Potts and Lyle Leong made a living at Abilene High School of connecting for touchdowns, and they have brought that connection to the South Plains. Potts hit Leong for a 9-yard TD pass and catch. While at Abilene High the two teammates lead their team to a 24-2 record over their junior and senior year.
8:53 PM (End of 3rd Quarter) Defense picks it up
After giving up 129 yards of offense in the first half, the Tech defense came to play in the 3rd quarter. The defense surrendered negative 3 yards of offense to the Demons in the 3rd quarter.
9:07 PM (8:21 of 4th Quarter) Northwestern St. snaps ball over the head of punter
Tech increased its lead to 68-7 when Northwestern St. snapped the ball over the punters head and out of the back of the end zone.
9:14 PM (6:23 of 4th Quarter) Potts throws 3rd touchdown to push score to 75-7
Taylor Potts connected again with Detron Lewis for a 50-yard TD. This was the second time the two have connected this game.
9:26 PM (End of Game) Tech wins on Parents Weekend
The Texas Tech Red Raiders won their final non-conference contest in impressive fashion. Tech put 75 points on the board, its most since an 80 outburst in 2005 against Sam Houston State. The game was played in front of 52,893 fans at Jones AT&T Stadium.