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  11/22/20 - KeSean CarterJr/2022, Texas Tech, 5-11, 190 (DS#50 WR) + More +

  Texas Tech inside receiver KeSean Carter, underwent season-ending surgery Wednesday on a broken collarbone, Tech coach Matt Wells said. Carter caught 30 passes for 290 yards and four touchdowns this season, including two TDs against Texas. With the come-from-behind victory he led last week against Baylor, Alan Bowman has a leg up to regain his starting quarterback status next week when Texas Tech visits No. 14 Oklahoma State. Neither Bowman nor Henry Colombi will be throwing any more passes this season to KeSean Carter, though. Carter underwent surgery Wednesday for a broken collarbone, Tech coach Matt Wells said, and will miss what's left of the season. Carter suffered the injury Saturday when he was tackled after catching a pass on the game-winning drive of the Red Raiders' 24-23 victory. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

(DS#50 WR) Jr/2022 WR KeSean CarterTexas Tech
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  11/16/20 - Colin SchoolerSr/2021, Texas Tech, 6-0, 230 (DS#25 ILB) + More +

  NOV 16 BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Colin Schooler, LB, Sr., Texas Tech,...Schooler registered a season-high 11 tackles, which included a key third-down stop at the goal line in Texas Tech's 24-23 victory over Baylor. He recorded two tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including a sack early in the fourth quarter. Schooler's biggest play of the afternoon came late in the third quarter as he dropped Brewer at the 1-yard line, forcing the Bears to settle for a field goal. - Big 12 football

(DS#25 ILB) Sr/2021 ILB Colin SchoolerTexas Tech
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  11/16/20 - Jonathan GaribayJr/2022, Texas Tech, 6-0, 215 (DS#999 K) + More +

  NOV 16 BIG 12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jonathan Garibay, PK, Jr., Texas Tech,...Garibay connected on four field goals, including the game-winner at the end of the game, to lead Texas Tech to a come-from-behind victory over Baylor. In his debut at TTU, he was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goal attempts after finding the uprights from 48, 28, 46 and 25 yards out. Garibay is just the sixth kicker in Big 12 history to make four field goals in his career debut as the primary field goal specialist and just the second to do so versus a conference opponent. - Big 12 football

(DS#999 K) Jr/2022 K Jonathan GaribayTexas Tech
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  11/14/20 - Jonathan GaribayJr/2022, Texas Tech, 6-0, 215 (DS#999 K) + More +

  Jonathan Garibay kicked a 25-yard field goal on the final play of the game to cap Texas Tech's second-half rally in a 24-23 win over Baylor on Saturday. It was the fourth field goal for Garibay in his first game as starting kicker for the Red Raiders (3-5, 2-5 Big 12). The junior transfer from Riverside City College, who this week was named by coach Matt Wells to replace struggling kicker Trey Wolff, also made kicks of 48, 28 and 46 yards. Wolff was 1-of-5 on field goals this season.

Tahj Brooks had two TD runs for Texas Tech and former starter Alan Bowman was back at quarterback in the second half, directing the comeback. Bowman had two 30-yard completions on the final drive after the Red Raiders took over at their own 14 after a punt with 2:14 to play. Jalen Pitre returned an interception for a touchdown for the second week in a row for Baylor (1-5, 1-5), which lost its fifth game in a row and hasn't won in Lubbock in three decades. The Bears have lost 10 in a row there since 1990, including all eight visits since the start of the Big 12 in 1996, in a series that was played at a neutral site for 10 years in a row until last season. - AP College Football


(DS#999 K) Jr/2022 K Jonathan GaribayTexas Tech
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  11/09/20 - T.J. VasherrSr/2021, Texas Tech, 6-5, 215 (DS#22 WR) + More +

  Tech receivers T.J. Vasher and Dalton Rigdon were back in uniform for the first time since the Oct. 10 game at Iowa State. Running back Xavier White, linebacker Krishon Merriweather and safety Adam Beck were back in action after missing last week's game, White because of a shoulder injury and Merriweather with a knee injury. Vasher caught two passes for 22 yards. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

(DS#22 WR) rSr/2021 WR T.J. VasherTexas Tech
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  10/26/20 - Austin McNamaraSo/2023, Texas Tech, 6-3, 185 (DS#1 P) + More +

  Texas Tech's Austin McNamara set a school record with an 87-yard punt against West Virginia that was the second-longest in the nation since at least 2012, and longest since Marshall's Kaare Vedvik got off a 92-yarder in 2017. McNamara also had a 74-yarder against the Mountaineers, tied for fifth-longest in the FBS this season. He leads the Big 12 with an average of 46.5 yards. - AP College Football

(DS#1 P) So/2023 P Austin McNamaraTexas Tech
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  10/24/20 - Zech McPhearsonrSr/2021, Texas Tech, 5-11, 195 (DS#24 CB) + More +

  Cornerback Zech McPhearson returned a fumble 56 yards for a touchdown with 8:44 left to lift Texas Tech to a 34-27 victory over West Virginia on Saturday night. West Virginia's Sam James caught a short pass from Jarret Doege but fumbled on a hit from Jacob Morganstern. McPhearson, a graduate transfer from Penn State, picked up the ball and went the length of the field untouched. West Virginia punted from near midfield on its next series and got the ball back one last time at its 17 with 42 seconds left and no timeouts. Doege moved the Mountaineers past midfield but his pass into the end zone as the clock ran out fell incomplete. Texas Tech (2-3, 1-3 Big 12) snapped a three-game home losing streak to the Mountaineers (3-2, 2-2). McPhearson’s heroics made a winner out of Henry Colombi, who was making his first career start. Colombi, a junior transfer from Utah State, was named the starter a week ago after he replaced Alan Bowman midway through an Oct. 10 loss at Iowa State. Colombi completed 22 of 28 passes for 168 yards and one score. He also ran for 40 yards and another TD. West Virginia's Leddie Brown scored on two short runs but was held to 77 yards, well below his 129-yard average. - Texas Tech/AP College Football

(DS#24 CB) rSr/2021 CB Zech McPhearsonTexas Tech
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  10/17/20 - Alan BowmanrSo/2023, Texas Tech, 6-2, 215 (DS#37 QB) + More +

  Four games into the current season and with Texas Tech still looking for a Big 12 win, coach Matt Wells announced a quarterback change Wednesday. Alan Bowman, who had shown tantalizing potential the past two seasons when not sidelined by long-term injuries, is out. Utah State transfer Henry Colombi is the new starter, Wells said, for Tech's next game, Oct. 24 against West Virginia. Wells said Colombi "kind of jumpstarted the offense" in relief appearances against Kansas State and Iowa State. Colombi has completed 74.1% of his passes for 359 yards, with three touchdown passes and one interception. He was also familiar with the system offensive coordinator David Yost from Utah State.

While Bowman suffered an ankle injury against K-State, that was not the reason for the change."Alan has played OK," Wells said. "He has not played bad. I want to say that. He is not the reason we're 1-3, absolutely. It's never that way. Playing the quarterback position, I understand it that quarterbacks usually get too much credit and they get too much blame. "Certainly I want to make sure we're definitely not blaming, and it's absolutely not that. But when you're 1-3 and you have played just OK, and as we work through it with Alan, he understands that." A redshirt sophomore from Grapevine, Bowman had a 64.7% completion rate with 881 yards. He's thrown seven touchdowns but also had four interceptions. - Dallas Morning News


(DS#37 QB) rSo/2023 QB Alan BowmanTexas Tech
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  After back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances to start the season, Tech running back SaRodorick Thompson managed only 46 yards on 12 carries at Kansas State and 14 yards on six carries at Iowa State. The emergence of Xavier White, who went for 113 yards on 12 carries at Kansas State, has something to do with that. And the Red Raiders had only 19 snaps in the first half at Iowa State. "We didn't have a whole lot of running plays," Wells said, "and we didn't have a whole lot of running plays that worked well. We were going to rep Xavier and rotate him in. What did we have in the first half? Sixteen, 19 snaps total? So not very many carries for anybody when you can't stay on the field, which we could not. "We need that rhythm. We need those reps. That gives you more carries. It gives you more touches for guys out on the perimeter. There's several guys, I would say, that didn't get as many touches as I would like, but that kind of goes back to the big-picture issue of not staying on the field, not converting on third down." - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

(DS#23 RB) rSo/2023 RB SaRodorick ThompsonTexas Tech
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  10/09/20 - Nelson MbanasorJr/2022, Texas Tech, 6-2, 275 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  Nelson Mbanasor had put himself into position to play a more prominent role on the Texas Tech football team this season, but his progress is on hold for the rest of 2020. A Tech spokesman confirmed Monday that the junior defensive end had suffered a season-ending injury, though he did not know any further details. In early September, defensive line coach Paul Randolph said without hesitation that Mbanasor had the best preseason camp of any player in his position room. Randolph said Mbanasor's level of play was "off the charts" in August as he put into practice points for improvement the two talked about after last season. "He took everything I said to heart," Randolph said, "and went to work immediately on it and just made a conscious decision, I think, to, "Hey, I'm going to get better in all these things that coach told me to work on." - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

(DS#999 DE) Jr/2022 DE Nelson MbanasorTexas Tech
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  10/09/20 - Alan BowmanrSo/2023, Texas Tech, 6-2, 215 (DS#37 QB) + More +

  An injury to Alan Bowman in Saturday's loss at Kansas State disrupted the Texas Tech quarterback picture for the third year in a row. Maybe this setback won't be as long-term as the collapsed lung and the cracked collarbone that caused Bowman to miss 13 games and the second halves of two others over the previous two seasons. Either way, the Red Raiders developed some confidence Saturday in his backup. Discussing Bowman's injured right ankle, Tech coach Matt Wells said Monday, "Nothing's broke. Nothing's fractured. He's day to day." But Wells and offensive coordinator David Yost indicated Bowman is likely to miss practice time this week and that Henry Colombi could get more snaps than usual to prepare. Tech (1-2, 0-2 in the Big 12) visits No. 24 Iowa State (2-1, 2-0) for a game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Asked if the quarterbacks' snaps will be adjusted this week, Wells said, "If he doesn't practice today, then you've got to." "We normally are a on a two-thirds/one-third rotation with the one and two quarterback throughout practice," Yost said. "Could he get closer to 50-50 this week? It's very possible. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

(DS#37 QB) rSo/2023 QB Alan BowmanTexas Tech
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  10/03/20 - Tyree WilsonrSo/2023, Texas Tech, 6-5, 280 (DS#50 DE) + More +

  When he was a high-school senior two years ago in East Texas and sorting through scholarship offers from more than 20 FBS programs, Tyree Wilson never pictured himself playing for Texas Tech. But Tech coach Matt Wells and defensive line coach Paul Randolph changed Wilson's mind about that this off-season when the big defensive end became disgruntled at Texas A&M and considered alternatives. The Red Raiders are glad he did. The 6-foot-6, 280-pound sophomore showed Saturday in only glimpses how big an impact he can make on their defensive front. In Tech's 63-56 overtime loss to No. 8 Texas, Wilson registered a sack, helped cause one and was credited with a quarterback pressure on another play. His combination of power and agility gave Texas offensive tackles problems.

"We knew what we were getting once we got him to commit to coming here," defensive coordinator Keith Patterson said. "It's going to be exciting to watch his development, but he is definitely going to be a guy that we can impact the quarterback with and do some things as we move forward." Wilson graduated two years ago from New London West Rusk, located roughly between and about a half-hour each from Longview and Tyler. College Station is only about three hours from Wilson's hometown, and he spent two years at Texas A&M, redshirting in 2018 and playing in 12 games last year. He said he left the program because of "issues with the training staff," but declined to elaborate. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


(DS#50 DE) rSo/2023 DE Tyree WilsonTexas Tech
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  Jacob Morgenstern forged his reputation at Duke on being a special-teams standout. He and Texas Tech coaches saw eye to eye on something else: Morgenstern could be more than that. It hasn't taken him long to validate that belief. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound outside linebacker joined the Red Raiders this summer as a graduate transfer and made eye-opening plays on both defense and special teams Saturday in Tech's 63-56 overtime loss to No. 8 Texas. "That was part of the reason I chose Tech," Morgenstern said during a Zoom conference after Tuesday's practice. "I knew I was at least going to have an opportunity to come in, contribute and make plays and I knew that this defense would be a good fit for me and a defense and a scheme where I could use my abilities."

The senior from Poughkeepsie, New York, got credit for five tackles Saturday, including one behind the line when he penned up running back Roschon Johnson, and he flipped Bijan Robinson when the Longhorns' running back tried to hurdle him. And, in keeping with his reputation, he blocked a punt. Tech coaches have plugged in Morgenstern as an outside linebacker. He spent the previous four years at Duke, earning a degree in public policy and graduating with a 3.5 grade-point average, but perhaps being miscast in his football role. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


(DS#107 OLB) rSr/2021 OLB Jacob MorgensternTexas Tech
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  SaRodorick Thompson had to break a 75-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to do it, but nevertheless he became the first Texas Tech running back since 1998 to start a season with two straight 100-yard rushing performances. That was according to Tech research on Monday. Ricky Williams was the back who did it in 1998 on the way to rushing for 1,582 yards and earning second-team all-America recognition. Thompson, bottled up by No. 8 Texas for most of the day, finished with 16 carries for 104 yards and two touchdowns in a 63-56 overtime loss at Jones AT&T Stadium. He carried 22 times for 118 yards and two TDs in the opener against Houston Baptist. Tech coaches have given Thompson breaks by rotating in Alabama transfer Chadarius Townsend, converted receiver Xavier White and true freshman Tahj Brooks. "SaRodorick's playing very well," Tech coach Matt Wells said. "He'll be the bell cow, and continues too be. I'm proud of SaRodorick. He's done a great job in the open field, makes you miss with the ball in his hands, either as a running back or as a receiver. He's done a very nice job in (pass) protection. I think he's had two solid games back to back." - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

(DS#23 RB) rSo/2023 RB SaRodorick ThompsonTexas Tech
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  09/29/20 - KeSean CarterJr/2022, Texas Tech, 5-11, 190 (DS#50 WR) + More +

  KeSean Carter's college career started to take off in Texas Tech's 2019 season finale at Texas. Carter has picked up this season where he left off last season and had another good game Saturday against Texas. The Red Raiders' slot receiver caught seven passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns, a highlight for Tech in a 63-56 overtime loss at Jones AT&T Stadium. "I'm starting to see a lot of progress," Carter said. "I worked hard for this. (Strength and conditioning) Coach (Dave) Scholz has been helping me, and I'm progressing my game as I go through the season." Carter's touchdowns were for 13 yards in the first quarter and for 22 yards in the second quarter. The junior from The Woodlands sparked Tech's first offensive series with three catches for 43 yards, and he got the payoff when Alan Bowman fired a bullet pass to him over the middle for the touchdown. Last year in Austin, Carter caught 11 passes for 150 yards and a TD against the Longhorns. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

(DS#50 WR) Jr/2022 WR KeSean CarterTexas Tech
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