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Nov. 12, 2007

Texas Tech (7-4; 3-4 Big 12)
vs.
#3 Oklahoma (9-1; 5-1 Big 12)

Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 7 p.m. (ABC Sports)
Jones AT&T Stadium - Lubbock, Texas

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CLOSING IT OUT AT HOME
Texas Tech closes the regular season with a home date against (3) Oklahoma on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 7:12 p.m. CT at Jones AT&T Stadium.

RADIO COVERAGE
The Texas Tech Sports Network is comprised of 48 stations and the game can be heard on Sirius Satellite Radio (110) and XM Radio (242). Brian Jensen handles the play-by-play duties, while John Harris and former Red Raider quarterback Sonny Cumbie are analysts. Armen Williams will comb the sidelines for the network. Flagship station 1340 KKAM and KFMX 94.5 carry the games in Lubbock.

TELEVISION COVERAGE
ABC will carry Saturday's game live from Jones AT&T Stadium. Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst), Paul Maguire (analyst) and Bonnie Bernstein (sideline) will call the action.

RED RAIDERS IN THE POLLS
The Red Raiders received votes in this week's USA Today Coaches Poll. Red Raider opponents earning top 25 status include Texas (11/12), Oklahoma (3/3) and Missouri (6/6).
(USA Today/AP)

SEVENTEEN SENIORS PLAY HOME FINALE
Texas Tech will say goodbye to its senior class this weekend as 17 players follow the Masked Rider out for the last time. James Conwright, Loy White, Chris Parker, Taylor Read, Grant Walker, Danny Amendola, David Schaefer, Alex Trlica, Paul Williams, Joe Garcia, Chad Hill, Kellen Tillman, Ty Linder, Michael Bettenhausen, Grant Berg, Kelly Hildebrandt and Tyler Yenzer make up the 2007 senior class.

OKLAHOMA LEADS THE SERIES WITH TECH
The Sooners leads the series with the Red Raiders, 11-3, dating back to the 1992 season. OU won the first three games in the series, before Tech hit the win column with a 22-12 win in Norman during the first year of the Big 12 Conference in 1996. Tech won again, 38-28, in 1999 in Spike Dykes' final collegiate game on the sidelines, and grabbed its third win two years ago in Lubbock, a 23-21 win on the game's final play.

LEACH 5-2 AFTER TEXAS GAME
Since 2000, Texas Tech is 5-2 in games following the annual Texas showdown. The last loss - against Oklahoma in 2003.

TECH PASS BLOCK KEEPING QB UPRIGHT
After throwing 622 passes as an offensive unit this season, one would think in addition to the QB's arm, his rear end might be sore as well. Let's face it; the odds of getting sacked in a passing offense is greatly improved with each attempt. Not in Texas Tech's case. The Red Raider offensive line has yielded only 15 sacks in 622 pass attempts this season or one sack per every 41.5 pass attempts. That total ranks third nationally behind Tennessee (one per 121 attempts) and Rutgers (one per 60.6 attempts). What makes Texas Tech's numbers more impressive is the fact the offense has thrown nearly twice as many passes as both the Volunteers and Scarlet Knights. The o-line is currently in its best two-year run under Mike Leach, having allowed 34 sacks since the start of the 2006 season. The previous best two-year total was 53 (2003-04). If Tech keeps its current pace up, the team will have limited the defensive sack output below 20 for the second time under Leach and the second time in as many years.

PUNTING UNIT STEADY
Former punter Alex Reyes left big shoes to fill upon his departure last season as the four-year starter paced the Red Raiders to a top five national ranking and second-place Big 12 Conference showing in 2006. Newcomer and true freshman Jonathan LaCour has taken the reins and led the Red Raiders to another respectable season. The current unit is third in league standings. This year's group ranks 21st nationally and is cruising along at a 37.7 yard clip.

SACK BY COMMITTEE
Texas Tech is one of five teams in the Big 12 Conference with at least 20 sacks on the season. Outside of DE Brandon Williams' team-leading five quarterback stops, 13 different Red Raiders account for the remaining 16 sacks, and only one of the 12 has more than one and a half. DT Rajon Henley is second with two and a half.

TAKING ADVANTAGE INSIDE THE 20
Texas Tech has 58 trips inside the red zone this season and has scored 48 times. Of the 48 scores, 43 of those have gone for touchdowns; which leads the Big 12 Conference. Kansas is second with 37 touchdowns inside the red zone.

TECH SCORING IN BUNCHES
Quietly flying under the radar is the fact that Texas Tech is tied with the most productive scoring season in school history (42.5 in 2003). The Red Raiders are averaging 42.5 points per game. Tech ranks third in the Big 12 Conference behind Kansas' 45.9 and Oklahoma's 45.0. The Red Raiders are sixth nationally. Should Tech continue its scoreboard assault, it will mark only the second time in school history that a team has finished with an above 40.0 average.

WINNING AT HOME
Texas Tech currently is tied nationally with Iowa in 12th place among home records since the 2003 season. Tech is 25-5 over that stretch.

DUO ON CUSP OF JOINING NCAA ELITE GROUP
WR Michael Crabtree and WR Danny Amendola are on the verge of becoming only the second set of team members in NCAA history to each record 100+ receptions in the same season. Crabtree leads the nation with 113 catches, while Amendola is among the top five with 94. Houston's Jason Phillips and James Dixon each caught over 100 passes during the 1988 season.

CRAB, DANNY PROVIDE ONE-TWO PUNCH
Texas Tech's dynamic receiving duo of Michael Crabtree and Danny Amendola has given opposing defenses fits this season. When one player is defended, the other is open. Crabtree's numbers speak for themselves and have been well-documented: 113 receptions, 1,707 yards and 20 touchdowns; not to mention a host of NCAA and school records. Amendola is having his best season after making the switch from inside to out. The senior has 94 receptions, 1,096 yards and five touchdowns. Statistically, the duo has left other receiving tandems in their wake, along with several defensive units as well.
The Numbers are Astounding
207 receptions / 2,803 yards / 25 touchdowns

OUT OF THE BLUE
Prior to his first start against Colorado, true freshman RB Aaron Crawford had played in three games this year - limited action against Rice and Iowa State and fourth-quarter duty against Northwestern State. After not seeing action in the two games following Iowa State, Crawford was penciled in as the starter against Colorado, a game in which he carried twice for 31 yards and had a five-yard reception. He was just warming up. In his second-career start, Crawford carried nine times for 44 yards and two touchdowns, while grabbing 10 receptions for 82 yards and two more touchdowns in Tech's 38-7 win over Baylor. The four-TD day marked the best single-game scoring performance for a freshman under Mike Leach.

OFFENSIVE DUO NAMED TO SEMIFINALISTS LISTS
QB Graham Harrell and WR Michael Crabtree have been named to award semifinalists lists for their respective positions. Harrell is one of 15 vying for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, while Crabtree is one of 10 semifinalists for the prestigious Biletnikoff Award. Additionally, Crabtree was named one of 15 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award and is the only freshman and wide receiver up for the honor.

CRABTREE, AMENDOLA AMONG ELITE GROUP
Crabtree and Amendola became the 24th duo in NCAA history to record 1,000 receiving yards apiece when Amendola eclipsed the mark against Baylor. Crabtree leads the country with 1,707 yards and Amendola has 1,096 yards this season. On a side note, the only team to produce three 1,000-yard receivers in a season - Texas Tech in 2003 (Francis, Welker, Glover).

BRITTON TAKING ADVANTAGE OF EXTRA TIME
Sophomore WR Edward Britton gave the Red Raider offense an extra punch in regular starter L.A. Reed's absence - Reed returned to action at Baylor. Britton has four touchdown receptions on the season. Additionally, he is averaging 13.9 yards per catch on 40 receptions. Over the last five games, Britton is averaging 4.8 receptions and 73.8 yards after posting averages of 2.7 receptions and 30.8 yards per game during the first six.

OUT OF COMFORT ZONE SUITS DUNCAN
Redshirt freshman LB Brian Duncan has started the last seven games and has led the defense in tackles thrice. Duncan recorded seven stops at Texas and at Baylor and made eight stops against Colorado, including a tackle for loss. He recorded seven stops for the second-straight week at Missouri after doing the same against Texas A&M. Duncan posted nine tackles, including seven solo stops, against Iowa State. In his first start, he had five tackles in the win over Northwestern State. Duncan had been backing up Paul Williams at middle backer, before getting the nod in the last six games at strongside. He still says the middle is his natural position.

TECH HARASSING OPPOSITION BEHIND THE LINE
Texas Tech has registered 65 tackles for loss, four shy of last year's mark. DE Brandon Williams leads the group with 11.5.

 

 

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