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Running back Wes Welker caught six passes for a career-high 102 yards and two touchdowns against Kansas State.

Running back Wes Welker caught six passes for a career-high 102 yards and two touchdowns against Kansas State.
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Oct. 15, 2001

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TELEVISION
FOX Sports Net will carry the game live at 6 p.m. (CT) from Lincoln. Joel Meyers (play-by-play), James Lofton (analyst) and Eric Clemons (sideline) will call the action from Memorial Stadium.

RADIO
The All Sports Radio Network is in its sixth season of broadcasting Texas Tech football games on a network basis. The 27-station network covers the state of Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Brian Jensen (play-by-play), John Harris (color) and Mark Finkner (sideline) provide gameday coverage. The broadcast may also be heard via the Internet at www.texastech.com.

All Texas Tech football games are broadcast in Spanish via KXTQ in Lubbock. Mario Montez and Israel Aguilar provide commentary. The Spanish broadcast can also be heard on the Internet at www.texastech.com.

LAST WEEK FOR TEXAS TECH AND NEBRASKA
Texas Tech snapped a two-game losing skid with an impressive 38-19 win over then-No. 21 Kansas State in Lubbock to improve to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the Big 12 Conference. The win was the first for the Red Raiders over a ranked opponent since knocking off No. 5 Texas A&M in 1999. Nebraska is perfect on the season at 7-0 and 3-0 in the Big 12. The Huskers won at Baylor 48-7 Saturday.

THE TEXAS TECH-NEBRASKA SERIES
Texas Tech has not won a game in the series with the Cornhuskers. The first game between the two schools was played in the 1976 Bluebonnet Bowl in Houston with Nebraska winning 27-24. Of the six games in the series, the last five have been played since 1990 with the last three coming in Big 12 Conference play.

RED RAIDER NOTEBOOK VS. KANSAS STATE

Individual

  • SS Ryan Aycock, LB Mike Smith and DT Clayton Harmon each received their first collegiate start against the Wildcats on the defensive side of the ball. Of the group, Aycock is a sophomore, Smith is a redshirt freshman and Harmon is a true freshman.
  • QB Kliff Kingsbury and RB Wes Welker connected on Texas Tech's longest pass play of the season in the second quarter. Kingsbury hit Welker on a 60-yard scoring strike.
  • Aycock also collected his first career interception, picking off K-State QB Marc Dunn at the close of the first half.
  • DE Aaron Hunt's three sacks moved him into sole possession of third place on Texas Tech's all-time sacks list with 18. He is a half of a sack away from tying second.
  • WR Anton Paige picked up his first career touchdown reception on a 12-yard strike from Kingsbury in the third quarter. Team
  • The win over the Wildcats is the first for Texas Tech over a ranked team since knocking off No. 5 Texas A&M in 1999.
  • The Red Raiders took a 4-3 series advantage over the Wildcats with the win. Tech has never trailed in the series which dates back to 1993. The Red Raiders won the first three meetings, but dropped the last three heading into the game.
  • The Red Raiders are 3-0 when outgaining opponents in total offense.
  • Tech's 32 completions marks the fourth time this season the Red Raiders have completed more than 30 passes.

    RED RAIDERS IN THE MIDST OF TOUGH STRETCH
    Texas Tech is in the middle of one of the toughest stretches in school history. The Red Raiders faced then-No. 5 Texas in Austin three weeks ago, before hosting Kansas. The Red Raiders knocked off No. 21 Kansas State last weekend and travel to No. 4 Nebraska this week. Coming up later on the schedule: games against No. 19 Texas A&M and No. 3 Oklahoma in Lubbock.

    KINGSBURY SETS 400-YARD MARK
    QB Kliff Kingsbury set the school record with his third 400-yard passing game in his career. Kingsbury threw for 409 yards against Kansas State to pass Robert Hall on the list.

    PAPER OR PLASTIC
    Texas Tech's defense came alive in the win over Kansas State. Led by DE Aaron Hunt's three sacks, the Red Raiders finished the game with five sacks. Tech also registered 10 tackles for loss, including four by Hunt.

    TECH CONSISTENT WHEN SCORING
    Texas Tech has scored on back-to-back scoring drives six times this season, including three-straight drives against New Mexico in the first half and back-to-back drives in the second half. Against Kansas State Saturday night, the Red Raiders scored on their second and third possessions of the game on a touchdown and a field goal. The field goal gave the team the lead for good. Later, on the last drive of the first half and the first drive of the second, Tech put the game away with back-to-back scoring drives, both for touchdowns.

    DEFENSE ALLOWING BREATHING ROOM
    After giving up a game-opening scoring drive to the Wildcats, the Texas Tech defense stopped Kansas State on eight-straight possessions, before giving up K-State's second score in the third quarter. During that stretch, KSU punted four-straight times, threw two interceptions, missed a field goal and punted once more. During the defensive stance, the Red Raiders jumped out to a 24-7 lead.

    WELKER HAULS CAREER HIGH
    RB Wes Welker caught six passes for a career-high 102 yards and two touchdowns against Kansas State on Saturday. His previous high was 79 yards at Kansas last season. Welker is the team's second-leading receiver with 24 catches and leads with four receiving touchdowns.

    ROBERTS FINDING NICHE IN SENIOR SEASON
    Senior TE Cole Roberts is making the most of his senior season. He already has surpassed his career total of 12 catches coming into the season with 23 this year.

    FRANCIS MAKES THE MOST OF EACH CATCH
    WR Carlos Francis leads the team with 14.7 yards per catch on 15 receptions this season. He scored his lone touchdown of the season against Kansas State when he picked up a fumble from teammate IR King Scovell and carried it 33 yards to the opposite side of the field for a score. Scovell came across the field to provide the key block allowing Francis to reach the endzone.

    KICK RETURN GAME REMAINS SOLID
    After returning a kickoff for a school record 108 yards against New Mexico, freshman KR Ivory McCann continues to turn in solid performances. He is averaging 27.2 yards per return on 14 returns this season. Saturday against Kansas State, McCann returned two kicks for 50 yards, including a 32-yard run back.

    KINGSBURY MOVES UP AGAINST KANSAS STATE
    QB Kliff Kingsbury became the all-time leader at Texas Tech with three 400-yard passing games after throwing for 409 yards against Kansas State. He also moved into a tie for first with Robert Hall on the 300-yard passing games list with his sixth. Kingsbury passed Zebbie Lethridge on the career completions list and now has 547, one shy of Hall's school record. He also is one touchdown pass short of tying Billy Joe Tolliver in third place on that list with 38 touchdown passes.

    RICKY BECOMES FOURTH TO RUSH FOR 3,000 YARDS
    Senior RB Ricky Williams joined Byron Hanspard (4,219), James Gray (4,066) and Byron Morris (3,544) on the list of 3,000-yard rushers at Texas Tech. Williams surpassed the mark at North Texas and now has 3,259 yards.

    BIG 12 RUSHERS MOVIN' ON UP
    Led by senior Ricky Williams of Texas Tech as he continues his comeback from near-career-ending knee surgery in September, 1999, active Big 12 rushers are climbing the charts after some excellent early performances. Williams became the fourth rusher since the founding of the Big 12 to surpass 3,000 career yards while Nebraska QB Eric Crouch continues to excel on the ground and in the air as the all-time Big 12 quarterback rushing pacesetter. ISU's Ennis Haywood used a 219-yard rushing day at Ohio on Sept. 22 to reach the 2,000-yard career mark. Kansas State's Josh Scobey became the seventh active Big 12 carrier to reach the 1,000-yard mark after his performance at Oklahoma on Sept. 29-16 games into his two-year KSU career. The Nos. 4 and 5 carriers in Big 12 career history go head-to-head Saturday when Texas Tech visits Nebraska at 6 p.m. (CDT) on Fox Sports Net in a meeting of the epic rushers.

    WALK-ON HELPING OUT ON THE BOARD
    K Robert Treece is second on the team in scoring with 32 points this season. He is 4-of-6 on field goals and a perfect 20-of-20 on extra points. Treece was cut following spring workouts, but focused on kicking during the summer and earned the position during fall practice.

    TECH RANKS HIGH IN GRADUATION RATES SURVEY
    The American Football Coaches Association recognized Texas Tech football as one of the nation's top 30 programs in graduating its student-athletes.

    Texas Tech recognized a jump in graduation to 70 percent this past year after graduating 54 percent the previous year. Tech, Baylor and Nebraska were the only schools from the Big 12 recognized as having graduated 70 percent or higher.

    Kingsbury Named to O'Brien Watch List
    Junior quarterback Kliff Kingsbury was been named to the Davey O'Brien Foundation Watch List for the upcoming season. The award is presented annually to the nation's top college quarterback.

    Joining Kingsbury on the list from the Big 12 is Eric Crouch (Nebraska), Mark Farris (Texas A&M) and Chris Simms (Texas).

    The O'Brien Award is named in honor of the late Davey O'Brien, the All-American and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for Texas Christian University who led the Horned Frogs to the 1938 National Championship.

    Curtis Named to Thorpe Award "Watch List"
    Senior strong safety Kevin Curtis was been named to the Thorpe Award "Watch List" for the 2001 season. The Thorpe Award is presented annually to the nation's top defensive back.

    Curtis also has received several preseason honors, including being named a second-team All-American by Street & Smith's. He also is listed as one of the top 10 collegiate safeties entering the 2001 season by Lindy's College Football.

    The 6-foot-3, 223-pound Lubbock native finished second on the team last season with 121 tackles and fourth in the Big 12 Conference. His 320 career tackles ranks ninth all-time at Tech, trailing former Tech All-American Gabe Rivera by one tackle.

    Other players named to the list include Quentin Jammer (Texas), Roy Williams (Oklahoma), Pig Prather (Mississippi State) and Lito Sheppard (Florida).

     

     

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