LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - It wasn’t pretty, but the Texas Tech escaped an upset on their season opener against Houston Baptist in Jones AT&T Stadium. In front of a crowd of 11,157, the Red Raiders edged out the Huskies 35-33.
Tech jumped out to an early 21-3 lead with a balanced attack of passing and rushing the ball. Both Sarodorick Thompson and freshman, Tahj Brooks scored touchdowns, while Alan Bowman connected with Erik Ezukanma on a passing touchdown.
But then the Huskies got back in the game. Bailey Zappe found DJ Dormeus for a 65 yard touchdown to cut Tech’s lead to 21-10. The Red Raiders then came up with a big stop on 4th and one to end the first half.
Houston Baptist however, carried over the momentum from the end of the second half, scoring a field goal and a touchdown in the third quarter to cut Texas Tech’s lead to one.
Thompson recorded his second touchdown of the game late in the quarter to put the Red Raiders back up eight. Then to start the fourth quarter, Bowman threw a 18 yard touchdown pass to KeSean Carter to push the lead to 15.
But the Huskies would not go away; they scored 13 unanswered points, but failed to convert a two-point conversion to tie the game up.
The Red Raiders managed to pick up key first downs to waste out the remaining 3:23 on the clock to win the game.
Alan Bowman finished the game 38-52 for 430 yards, 2 touchdowns, and one interception. Sarodorick Thompson rushed for 118 yards on 22 carries for touchdown. And leading the way for receivers was T.J. Vasher, who had eight receptions for 79 yards.