TEXAS TECH HOSTS TEXAS IN BATTLE OF TOP 10s
Texas Tech hosts Texas in a showdown of top 10 programs. The Red Raiders enter Saturday's game with a No. 6/5 national ranking, while the Longhorns are the nation's top-ranked team. Texas Tech defeated No. 18 Kansas, 63-21, last weekend in Lawrence to improve to 8-0 for only the third time in school history and 4-0 in Big 12 Conference play. Texas won at home over No. 8 Oklahoma State, 28-24, and also moved its record to 8-0, 4-0.
SATURDAY'S GAME ON NATIONAL TELEVISION
ABC will carry the game nationally at 7 p.m. CT from Jones AT&T Stadium with Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst) and Lisa Salters (sideline) calling the action. The game will be the sixth of the year on television for Texas Tech and the second on ABC.
GAMEDAY IN LUBBOCK
For the first time since it began broadcasting from campuses across the country in 1993, College Gameday built by The Home Depot is heading to Lubbock. Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit will anchor the show from a location on campus to be determined. Also, ESPN College Gameday Radio will be on campus with hosts Ryan Russillo, Todd McShay and Trevor Matich. ESPN College Gameday Radio attended the Oklahoma game in Lubbock last season.
TECH RIDING NATION'S LONGEST WIN STREAK
Texas Tech, Penn State and Utah enter the week with the nation's longest win streaks at 10 games, dating back to last season. Texas Tech's last loss was a 59-43 setback at Texas late last season.
TEXAS TECH-TEXAS SERIES
Texas Tech and Texas have met annually since 1960, when the Red Raiders began play in the Southwest Conference. The Longhorns hold a 42-14 advantage in the series, which dates back to the 1928 season when the teams first met in Austin. Texas Tech's last win was a 42-38 victory over then-No. 3 Texas in Lubbock in 2002.
LAST GAME AGAINST THE LONGHORNS
Texas Tech and Texas combined for 47 of the game's 102 total points in the fourth quarter as the team's traded jabs, before Texas left the field with a 59-43 win in Austin last season. Tech QB Graham Harrell blistered the Longhorn secondary for 466 yards and five touchdowns, while target Michael Crabtree totaled 195 yards and two touchdowns on nine receptions. Texas RB Jamaal Charles rushed for 174 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries to lead the Longhorn ground game. QB Colt McCoy passed for 268 yards and four touchdowns.
RED RAIDERS BACK IN TOP FIVE
Texas Tech jumped a spot in the USA Today Coaches Poll to No. 5, leapfrogging a 6-1 USC team. The Red Raiders also climbed two spots in the Associated Press poll to No. 6, passing USC and Oklahoma State. Tech trails No. 4 Oklahoma in the coaches' poll by 19 points.
RED RAIDERS SEVENTH IN SECOND BCS POLL
Texas Tech is ranked seventh in the second BCS poll of the season, released Sunday by the Atlantic Coast Conference. The ranking matches the highest for the Red Raiders in the poll since a No. 7 showing on Oct. 18, 2005.
TEXAS TECH ONE AWAY FROM 500
Texas Tech Football is one win away from the 500th win in program history. Beginning with the first win against Montezuma on Oct. 17, 1925, to the Red Raiders' 63-21 win over Kansas, the program has accumulated 499 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
TEXAS TECH QUICK NOTES
Texas Tech's 8-0 start is the best for the program since 1976 ... in the 84-year history of the program, Texas Tech has been 8-0 only three times, including this season - the 1938 team opened the season 10-0 and the 1976 team was 8-0.
Texas Tech's top 10 rankings each of the last six weeks in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls are the longest a Tech team has been ranked among the top 10 in consecutive weeks ... it also is only the second year since the installation of the coaches poll in 1989 that Texas Tech has been ranked among the 10 in both.
Texas Tech has the Big 12 Conference's longest winning streak at 10 games, dating back to last season.
Texas Tech has scored 30 or more points in 74 games during the Leach era and has won 63 of those games. The Red Raiders are 32-5 under Leach when scoring 40+ and 22-0 when scoring over 50. On the flip side, Tech is 10-26 when scoring 29 points or less.
Texas Tech quarterbacks have thrown for 42,703 yards during the Mike Leach tenure - or 24.3 miles. The offense has also accounted for 338 passing scores since 2000 as compared to the 232 thrown the previous 20 seasons.
Texas Tech is sixth nationally with 11-straight non-conference wins, including bowl games ... the Red Raiders last lost a non-conference game at TCU (12-3) in 2006.
Texas Tech is 9-4 all-time in Big 12 Conference openers, including its 58-28 win at Kansas State on Oct. 4 ... last year's league-opening loss at Oklahoma State snapped a string of five-straight conference-opening game wins.
Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference in 1996, Texas Tech is 21-18 in games against the conference's North division ... the Red Raiders are 16-11 in head coach Mike Leach's nine seasons, but have won 13 of the last 18 ... had perfect seasons against the North in 2004, 2005 and 2008.
Red Raiders turned into "Road Warriors" after the month of October ... Tech played at home only once (Oct. 11 vs. Nebraska) during the month ... games at Kansas State (Oct. 4), Texas A&M (Oct. 18) and Kansas (Oct. 25) made up three-quarters of the month's slate.
Texas Tech boasts a 30-5 record at Jones AT&T Stadium since the start of the 2003 season ... Tech's .857 success rate is tied for 11th during the span with Georgia and Florida and is third in the Big 12 to Oklahoma and Texas.
The Red Raiders have scored 30 or more points in 24 of the last 26 games, including the last 12 straight, which leads the country ... Texas was second, until Saturday's 28-24 win over Oklahoma State.
Since Mike Leach's arrival in 2000, the Red Raiders boast a 19-1 non-conference record at Jones AT&T Stadium ... overall, Texas Tech is 32-8 in non-conference matchups, including five bowl wins ... the program is 7-4 on the road and 6-3 at neutral sites.
Texas Tech ranks third among Big 12 members with consecutive eight-win seasons. Texas leads the group with nine, while Oklahoma has done it in the last seven seasons. Texas Tech has recorded at least eight wins each of the last six seasons.