Tech wins 15th season opener - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Tech wins 15th season opener

Justin Stockton scores a touchdown in the first quarter of the Red Raiders game against Eastern Washington (Source: Pete Christy, KCBD) Justin Stockton scores a touchdown in the first quarter of the Red Raiders game against Eastern Washington (Source: Pete Christy, KCBD)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

It's a make or break season with contracts on the line for Kliff Kingsbury and the Red Raiders as they open their season vs. Eastern Washington, Saturday at 3 p.m.

After a long back and forth, Tech was able to take the first score of the game with about 1:50 left in the game. In the second quarter of the game Eastern Washington led the team to near the end zone, but came up short forcing them to kick a field goal. 

But after getting the ball back, quarterback Nic Shimonek threw a 75-yard pass to Derrick Willies to allow him in the end zone. With around 6 minutes left in the second quarter, Shimonek gave the ball to Keke Coutee, who was able to make a 68-yard run for a third touchdown. 

And with 4 minutes left in the second quarter Eastern Washington was able to make it into the end zone, after some interference from officials. But with less than a minute left, Tech's Coutee brought in another 17-yard touchdown.

After the half there was another back and forth between the two teams. But with seven minutes left in the third quarter, Tech brought the team near the end zone and Trey King brought the ball home with a 1-yard touchdown.

With another few minutes left, Stockton again came into the end zone with a 4-yard touchdown run. Washington then attempted a pass, only to be intercepted by Willie Skypes, who returned it for a touchdown. 

Half a minute was left in the third quarter when Kingsbury made the call to put in backup quarterback McLane Carter. And early in the fourth Carter was able to clock in his first college career touchdown pass, as Quan Shorts led it in. But late in the fourth quarter, Jett Duffey stepped in as the Red Raiders quarterback.

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