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  10/17/21 - Henry ColombirSr/2022, Texas Tech, 6-2, 205 (DS#66 QB) + More +

  Henry Colombi threw for a touchdown, ran for another as Texas Tech had four rushing touchdowns in a 41-14 win over Kansas on Saturday afternoon. Colombi was 14-for-20 passing for 124 yards and added 35 rushing yards while Jason Bean was 11-for-21 passing for 80 yards and one interception for Kansas. "I think it was important for us to come out here and execute today and we did it on both sides of the ball," Colombi said. "Every position played well today and I think we spread the ball around." Texas Tech (5-2, 2-2 Big 12 Conference) had three rushing touchdowns - by Colombi, Erik Ezukanma and Myles Price to lead 24-0 at halftime.

Donovan Smith added a rushing touchdown in the third quarter. "Proud of guys for coming on the road and playing a very disciplined football game," Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells said. "I think the key was starting fast and jumped out and played well on both sides." The past two seasons combined, this matchup had been decided by a total of six points. Texas Tech showed this year there's still a big difference between the programs. The Raiders held Kansas to 20 passing yards and only four first downs in the first half. Texas Tech had 438 yards with 244 of those coming on the ground. Sarodorick Thompson ran for 83 yards and Ezukanma had 76 receiving yards. - Texas Tech/AP College Football


(DS#66 QB) rSr/2022 QB Henry ColombiTexas Tech
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  10/05/21 - Jonathan GaribaySr/2022, Texas Tech, 6-0, 215 (DS#999 K) + More +

  OCT 4 BIG 12 CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jonathan Garibay, Texas Tech, K, Sr.,...Garibay connected on all three field goals he attempted, including the game-winner from 32 yards out in the closing seconds, to help push Texas Tech to its 23-20 victory at West Virginia. It marked the second game-winning field goal of Garibay's career as he previously helped the Red Raiders walk off with a victory against Baylor a year ago. The senior also found the uprights from 33 and 29 yards in the win, the first of which came in a hurried sequence to beat the clock to end the first half. Garibay is now 6-for-6 on field goal attempts this season as he is one of two Big 12 kickers without a miss. - Big 12 football

(DS#999 K) Sr/2022 K Jonathan GaribayTexas Tech
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  10/05/21 - Colin SchoolerrSr/2022, Texas Tech, 6-0, 230 (DS#58 ILB) + More +

  OCT 4 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Colin Schooler, Texas Tech, LB, Sr.,...Schooler recorded 15 tackles and forced a key first-half fumble to help push Texas Tech to a strong defensive performance in its 23-20 victory at West Virginia. The senior LB finished one tackle shy of his career-high, which came during his time at Arizona. It marked his most tackles as a Red Raider and the 16th time in his career to reach double digits. On West Virginia's second drive of the afternoon, Schooler got to quarterback Jarret Doege, forcing the strip sack. Devin Drew recovered the fumble at the West Virginia 34-yard line, setting up Texas Tech's second touchdown drive of the game. The sack pushed Schooler, the nation's active leader in career tackles and tackles for loss, to 54.0 TFLs for his career, two shy of entering the top 25 all-time in NCAA FBS history. - Big 12 football

(DS#58 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Colin SchoolerTexas Tech
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  10/03/21 - Henry ColombirSr/2022, Texas Tech, 6-2, 205 (DS#66 QB) + More +

  The score was tied, Texas Tech was about to take over deep in its own territory with time running down in the fourth quarter, and quarterback Henry Colombi had one thing to say to running back SaRodorick Thompson. "I turned to SaRodorick and I said, "This is why I play college football," Colombi said. "It's for moments like these." Colombi drove the Red Raiders 70 yards to set up Jonathan Garibay's 32-yard field goal with 18 seconds left for a 23-20 victory over West Virginia on Saturday. Garibay had three field goals in all and Thompson had two short touchdown runs for Texas Tech (4-1, 1-1 Big 12), which bounced back from a 70-35 loss at Texas. "We wanted to capitalize on our opportunities this week," Colombi said. "We had a great week of practice. And I'm real proud of the guys." Despite missing numerous starters, including key offensive playmakers, the Red Raiders beat the Mountaineers (2-3, 0-2) for the third straight time, all when using a backup quarterback.

Colombi staked Texas Tech to a 17-0 lead, then watched West Virginia come back. The Mountaineers were driving for a potential go-ahead score. On third-and-goal from the Texas Tech 6, Jarret Doege's pass toward an open Leddie Brown sailed out of the end zone, forcing a field goal with 4:34 left to tie the game at 20-20. "To kind of bend and then definitely not break, that was huge," Texas Tech coach Matt Wells said. Colombi had plenty of time left. He threw 42 yards to Kaylon Geiger to put Texas Tech at the West Virginia 38. Thompson then ran 16 and 13 yards on the next two plays to put the Red Raiders in range for the winning field goal. West Virginia wasn't able to get past midfield on its final drive. - Texas Tech/AP College Football


(DS#66 QB) rSr/2022 QB Henry ColombiTexas Tech
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  09/19/21 - Tyler ShoughrJr/2023, Texas Tech, 6-5, 221 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  Texas Tech quarterback Tyler Shough threw for 399 yards and four touchdown passes to spark a 54-21 victory against Florida International on Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium. The Red Raiders shook loose from a tight game after the first quarter with four touchdowns in the second period and racked up 264 yards along the way. They finished the night with 584 total yards. In the best offensive night this year for Texas Tech (3-0), Shough was an effective catalyst. He spread the ball around to 11 receivers and twice completed eight passes in a row, going 26 of 35.

In the first two games, the Red Raiders ran only 102 plays and star receiver Erik Ezukanma had 17 of the team's 27 receptions. He faced double-teams most of the night and Shough adjusted. "We got to spread the wealth a little more and you saw guys making plays," Texas Tech coach Matt Wells said. Added Shough, "It was just part of the progressions. Guys were getting open and I got them the ball." The Red Raiders needed that spark after falling behind 7-0 in the first quarter. The Panthers (1-2) blended inside power runs by D'vonte Price and deep throws by Max Bortenschlager to piece together an 88-yard drive. Price bulled into the end zone with 6:27 to go in the opening quarter for a 7-0 lead. Meanwhile, Texas Tech's offense scuffled. The Red Raiders' first two possessions ended in punts, and when they forced FIU into a three-and-out, returner Adrian Frye muffed the ball to give it back to the Panthers. - Texas Tech/AP College Football


(DS#8 QB) rJr/2023 QB Tyler ShoughTexas Tech
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  09/12/21 - Tahj BrooksSo/2024, Texas Tech, 5-09, 215 (DS#54 RB) + More +

  Tahj Brooks ran for two touchdowns in the third quarter, including a 67-yarder for the lead, and Texas Tech held on to beat lower-division Stephen F. Austin 28-22 on Saturday night. The Red Raiders (2-0) made a stand in the final two minutes, forcing a turnover on downs after the FCS Lumberjacks had a first down inside the Texas Tech 10-yard line. Trae Self's fourth-down pass into the end zone was incomplete. Texas Tech defensive tackle Jaylon Hutchings came up huge with a tackle for loss and a sack on consecutive plays before a QB pressure of Self on the final play for SFA (1-1).

After Brooks' long scoring run, Xavier White broke free for 52 yards on a 97-yard drive that ended with a short TD run. "It wasn't clean on offense, and I'll take the blame on that," Texas Tech coach Matt Wells said. "In a game where we didn't play real crisp on offense, we fought at the end. We popped a couple of runs in the third quarter where we fit it up well." Leading 21-13, Texas Tech went for it on fourth down on the final play of the third quarter, and Tyler Shough fumbled on a sack. The ball ended up 39 yards behind the line of scrimmage, and SFA scored but couldn't convert the 2-point try, settling for a 21-19 deficit. The Red Raiders pushed their lead to 28-19 on a White's 4-yard touchdown run, which was set up by Erik Ezukanma's 55-yard catch-and-run on third-and-8. - Texas Tech/AP College Football


(DS#54 RB) So/2024 RB Tahj BrooksTexas Tech
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  09/06/21 - Reggie Pearson Jr.rJr/2023, Texas Tech, 5-10, 197 (DS#12 SS) + More +

  SEPT 6 BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Reggie Pearson Jr., Texas Tech, DB, Jr.,...Pearson had a memorable debut as a Red Raider with an interception, a forced fumble and eight tackles in Texas Tech's come-from-behind victory over Houston to earn Newcomer of the Week. The junior DB picked off the first of four TTU interceptions on the night as the Red Raiders share the FBS high for interceptions through the first week of the regular season. Pearson's impact was felt throughout the field, though, as he was part of a Red Raider defense that limited Houston to only 251 yards of total offense. The strong defensive performance helped the Red Raiders overcome a 21-7 halftime deficit with 31 unanswered points in the second half. It marked the first time the Red Raiders had blanked an opponent over the final 30 minutes since topping Oklahoma State in the 2018 Big 12 opener. - Big 12 Football

(DS#12 SS) rJr/2023 SS Reggie Pearson Jr.Texas Tech
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  09/06/21 - Riko JeffersrSr/2022, Texas Tech, 6-1, 235 (DS#24 ILB) + More +

  SEPT 6 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Riko Jeffers, Texas Tech, LB, Sr.,...Jeffers was awarded Defensive Player of the Week as he recorded a key pick-six midway through the third quarter to tie the game as Texas Tech overcame a 14-point halftime deficit with 31 unanswered points in a victory over Houston. Jeffers' interception was one of four on the night for the Red Raiders, who limited Houston to only 53 yards of total offense in the second half. It marked the first pick-six for a Red Raider since 2018. The senior LB had four tackles in the win, including one of Texas Tech's four sacks and its 11 tackles for loss. His sack nearly went for a safety before Houston quarterback Clayton Tune was able to extend the ball just past the goal line. TTU's four interceptions marked its most in a game since the Red Raiders notched five in an early 2008 victory over SMU. - Big 12 Football

(DS#24 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Riko JeffersTexas Tech
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  09/04/21 - Tyler ShoughrJr/2023, Texas Tech, 6-5, 221 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  Tyler Shough accounted for two touchdowns, Tahj Brooks rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns, and Texas Tech beat Houston 38-21 in the season opener for both teams on Saturday night. Shough finished 17 of 24 for 231 yards passing with a touchdown and ran for another score in his debut for the Red Raiders. The Oregon transfer scored on an 8-yard touchdown run with eight minutes left in the third quarter to start a streak of 31-unanswered points for Texas Tech.

Texas Tech coach Matt Wells said Shough was solid and had good eyes. "He saw what he needed to see and communicated it clearly," Wells said. "He was calm. … He was accurate and scrambled a little bit. I think the sky's the limit for him." Erik Ezukanma had seven catches for 179 yards for Texas Tech, which outgained Houston 376-251. Houston's Clayton Tune finished 27-of-38 passing for 174 yards and two touchdowns but was intercepted four times. Nathaniel Dell caught seven passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. - Texas Tech/AP College Football


(DS#8 QB) rJr/2023 QB Tyler ShoughTexas Tech
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  08/26/21 - Tyler ShoughrJr/2023, Texas Tech, 6-5, 221 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  Texas Tech coach Matt Wells on Tuesday officially named Tyler Shough to be the Red Raiders' starting quarterback, confirming an outcome that had been expected for weeks. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound junior from Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton transferred to Tech in March from Oregon, where he started all seven games the Ducks played last season. He's been competing primarily with Henry Colombi, who started four games for the Red Raiders last season and was a 1,000-yard passer. The others in the conversation since training camp began have been redshirt freshman Donovan Smith from Frenship and true freshman Behren Morton from Eastland, the latter a consensus state top-50 signee.

The Red Raiders also have two-time NJCAA passing leader Parker McNeil, who came to Tech as a walk-on transfer from Troy, and former state top-100 recruit Maverick McIvor. "As I've said for several months now, this is the most talented our quarterback room has been since we arrived here at Texas Tech," Wells said in a statement Tech released. "After evaluating the entire body of work, we feel as a staff that Tyler gives this team the best chance to win. He is well-respected by his teammates, a tireless worker and has developed a strong understanding of what we want to do as an offense. "Tyler's arrival has only increased the competitiveness of our quarterback room as Henry Colombi has put together possibly the best camp of his career. Our staff has confidence in Henry's ability to lead this offense, and I know he will continue to prepare with the same mindset. Donovan and Behren both have bright futures here at Texas Tech, and they will continue to battle for backup reps." - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


(DS#8 QB) rJr/2023 QB Tyler ShoughTexas Tech
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  08/24/21 - Jesiah PierrerSo/2024, Texas Tech, 6-2, 242 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  The Texas Tech football team was anything but desperate for linebackers going into preseason practice. That position features six seniors, five of whom were among the team's top eight tacklers last year. Stalwarts such as Riko Jeffers, Colin Schooler and Krishon Merriweather could play for a lot of teams, and the guys behind them are seasoned veterans, too. On paper, it's no place for anyone young or new to the program to find playing time.

Except Jesiah Pierre might do just that. Few players are wowing the Red Raiders' staff more with their potential and intangibles than the second-semester transfer from Florida. "He's extremely talented," defensive coordinator Keith Patterson said Tuesday. "I hate singling guys out, but I can tell you this: He might be the single most explosive linebacker we have, and that's saying something when you've got (Brandon) Bouyer-Randle, Riko Jeffers, Krishon Merriweather, Colin Schooler, Big Cheetah (Jacob Morgenstern), Tyrique Matthews. "He just gets better every day. Watching his development, it's exciting. He has a very high ceiling, I'll tell you that." Pierre is a sophomore who, because of the 2020 season not counting against any player's eligibility, can suit up for the Red Raiders for four years. He's a 6-foot-2 inside linebacker who runs well. Expecting to see a lot of passing in the Big 12, he trimmed down from the 245- to 248-pound range and now weighs from 230 to 232. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


(DS#999 ILB) rSo/2024 ILB Jesiah PierreTexas Tech
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  08/22/21 - Tyler ShoughrJr/2023, Texas Tech, 6-5, 221 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  It may seem daring to claim that someone who's been slotted as a top pick in the 2022 NFL draft will be better than advertised. But even with all the buzz that Shough has created, he's been met with cautious optimism from Red Raider fans. The quarterback position at Texas Tech has been a lackluster revolving door since the Patrick Mahomes Era. But after a handful of grim seasons in Lubbock, Shough appears to have the tools to take the program's offense back to something that resembles its glory days.

He looks the part of an NFL quarterback, standing at 6-5 and weighing in at 220 pounds. He threw for 1,559 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions last season - numbers that display the talent of his arm, and also the room for improvement in areas like decision making. His legs are serviceable, something new offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie will likely utilize. Behind an experienced offensive line and with reliable targets at receiver, Shough should have a much-improved campaign this season. Expect Texas Tech to have their first 3,000+ passing yard QB for the first time in Matt Wells' tenure. - Dallas Morning News


(DS#8 QB) rJr/2023 QB Tyler ShoughTexas Tech
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  07/28/21 - Colin SchoolerrSr/2022, Texas Tech, 6-0, 230 (DS#58 ILB) + More +

  Texas Tech's Colin Schooler was named Monday to the watch list for the Dick Butkus Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top linebacker. This is the second preseason watch list already this summer for Schooler, a senior linebacker who was previously recognized as a candidate for the Bednarik Award (nation's top defensive player) last week. Schooler was one of 51 linebackers tabbed to the watch list, which include seven players from the Big 12 Conference.

Schooler, one of the most experienced players, yet alone linebackers, in college football entering the 2021 campaign, is a four-time All-Conference honoree after garnering honorable mention accolades three times at Arizona and then again in 2020 following his debut season with the Red Raiders. His return for a final season makes the California product the active FBS leader with 375 career tackles and 51.0 career tackles for a loss. Schooler recorded 63 tackles, including five that went for a loss, during the COVID-shortened 2020 season a year ago where he arrived on campus just weeks prior to Texas Tech's opener against Houston Baptist. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


(DS#58 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Colin SchoolerTexas Tech
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  07/26/21 - Erik EzukanmarJr/2023, Texas Tech, 6-2, 220 (DS#22 WR) + More +

  Texas Tech wide receivers Erik Ezukanma and Kaylon Geiger were named to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award on Thursday. This is the first time the Biletnikoff Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top receiver, regardless of position, has placed two Red Raiders on its watch list since 2013 when Eric Ward was a preseason candidate and Jace Amaro was added early in the season. Amaro was a semifinalist for the award.

It's the second career appearance on the watch list for both receivers as Geiger was a 2020 preseason candidate at Troy, while Ezukanma was added later in the season after turning into one of the Big 12's top wideouts as only a sophomore. Ezukanma closed the 2020 season with 748 receiving yards and six touchdowns off 46 catches en route to becoming the first Red Raider underclassman to lead the team in receiving yards over back-to-back seasons since Michael Crabtree in 2007-08. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


(DS#22 WR) rJr/2023 WR Erik EzukanmaTexas Tech
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  07/21/21 - Robert WootenrFr/2025, Texas Tech, 6-3, 230 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  Texas Tech failed to sign state top-100 prospect Robert Wooten the first time around. But the increasingly transient nature of college football players leads to second chances in recruiting. It didn't take long in Wooten's case. The defensive end from the Houston suburb of Stafford announced Monday he is transferring to Texas Tech after one year at Virginia Tech, where he played in 11 games last season as a true freshman.

Virginia Tech listed Wooten at 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds. Coming out of Stafford, he was ranked the No. 51 prospect in Texas by the Rivals recruiting service and No. 94 by 247Sports. Two dozen programs offered him a scholarship, including 11 from power-five conferences. Before he signed with Virginia Tech, Wooten took official visits to SMU, Missouri, Arizona and Texas Tech and was committed to Arizona and to Missouri for stretches. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


(DS#999 DE) rFr/2025 DE Robert WootenTexas Tech
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