Sun Sep 09 12:16am EDT
By John Baucum
* Texas Tech's win over Texas State didn't produce a final score that was too different from last year's contest. However, the truth lies in the details. For the most part, the Red Raiders neutralized a Bobcat offense that was returning its big guns and took the sails out of a decent crowd early in the game.
* Tech is 2-0 all time against Texas State and 19-6 against non conference opponents from the state of Texas since 1996. Additionally, Tommy Tuberville is now 10-0 against non conference opponents as the Red Raiders' head coach.
* Cody Davis' 88 yard interception return for a touchdown was Tech's first pick six since Jarvis Phillips returned an 87-yarder against Texas in 2010. Davis was all over the field in last week's game against Northwestern State and he added four solo tackles and four assists to his interception return tonight.
* Welcome to the party! After missing last weeks' game, Darrin Moore, Javon Bell and Tyson Williams made their season debuts. The trio finished with 12 catches for 176 yards and three scores.
* Was that Nehemiah Glover? The Red Raiders' newest jitterbug speedster, Jakeem Grant, made some electric plays in the open field and tied for the team lead with 5 catches. Grant had a long reception of 42 yards, which he almost broke for a touchdown. He is very, very elusive in the open field and will likely make more than one opposing defender look a little foolish this season.
* Seth Doege finished 25-of-32 for 319 yards and tied his career high of five touchdowns. The senior signal caller from Frenship started the game a little off but rebounded nicely. Three players -- Moore, Bell and Grant -- tied for the team lead with five receptions apiece.
* In total, 12 different Red Raiders caught passes tonight. Now fans are seeing what the RRS staff has been talking about since spring ball started: this team has a lot of weapons. Doege's ability to spread the ball around to different playmakers is what separates this offense from last year's unit. Teams may be able to figure out that Tech is going to throw it, but the opponent can no longer just bracket Darrin Moore and Eric Ward.
* Looking ahead to next week: New Mexico and new head coach Bob Davie lost 45-0 to Texas in Austin.