Game Preview: Red Raiders Host Kansas on Senior Day

Game Preview: Red Raiders Host Kansas on Senior Day
Game Preview: Red Raiders Host Kansas on Senior Day (Source: Texas Tech University)

**From Texas Tech Athletics**

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech will be playing a regular-season football game in the month of December for the first time since 1988 Saturday when the Red Raiders host Kansas inside Jones AT&T Stadium. 

The game will be broadcast on FS2 with Guy Haberman on the call alongside analyst Charles Arbuckle. Fans can access the game from their mobile or streaming device by using the FOX Sports app. The Texas Tech Sports Network will also broadcast the game over 46 affiliates throughout the state of Texas and New Mexico as Brian Jensen will have the call alongside analyst John Harris, sideline reporter Chris Level and engineer Steve Pitts.

The radio broadcast can also be heard on XM channel 207, Sirius channel 136 or via the TuneIn app.

 WELCOME TO FOOTBALL IN DECEMBER

  • The Red Raiders will be closing the regular season in the month of December for the first time since 1988 and only the 12th time overall.
  • Saturday will be Tech’s first home game in the month of December since 1976 when the Red Raiders topped No. 18 Texas to secure the Southwest Conference title.
  • The 1988 game versus No. 12 Oklahoma State is a memorable one in Texas Tech history as it took place in Tokyo, Japan, as part of the Coca-Cola Classic.

TECH TO HONOR SENIOR CLASS

Texas Tech will honor its 17-player senior class prior to kickoff Saturday. While individual decisions about a possible return for 2021 are still to be determined, Saturday will mark the final game inside Jones AT&T Stadium for several members of the Red Raiders’ senior class.

Name (Position), Hometown

(OL), Fredericksburg, Va.

(OL), Aurora, Ohio

(DB), San Diego, Calif.

(DB), Taylor, Texas

(DL), San Angelo, Texas

(DB), Dallas, Texas

Riko Jeffers

(LB), Garland, Texas

(TE), Keller, Texas

(TE), Austintown, Ohio

(DB), Navarre, Fla.

(WR), Midland, Texas

(DB), Columbia, Md.

(DB), Houston, Texas

Jacob Morgenstern

(DB), Lagrange, N.Y.

(LB), Dana Point, Calif.

(WR), Wichita Falls, Texas

(P), Elkton, Md. 

RUNNING GAME PACING THE RED RAIDERS

  • Texas Tech produced one of its best rushing performances in recent memory last weekend as the Red Raiders totaled 255 yards on the ground, their most against a Big 12 foe since recorded 313 at Kansas in 2017.
  • SaRodorick Thompson paced the Red Raiders with 133 yards and two touchdowns, while Xavier White added 98 yards and a score of his own as Texas Tech came close to boasting two 100-yard rushers for what would have been only the third time in program history.

TECH IN REGULAR-SEASON FINALES

  • Texas Tech enters this weekend’s tilt at Texas with a 46-46-4 all-time record in regular-season finales, which includes a 13-11 mark during the Big 12 era (1996-present).
  • The Red Raiders have closed the regular season with wins in three of the past five seasons after topping Texas in both 2015 and 2017 as well as Baylor in 2016.

MAKING IT LOOK E-Z

  • Ezukanma was added to the Biletnikoff Award watch list Monday after catching seven passes for a career-high 183 yards against Oklahoma State.
  • The performance marked the second time in Ezukanma’s career where he has recorded at least 100 yards through the air. It was also the second highest single-game total by a Big 12 receiver this season.
  • He leads the team in receiving yards entering this weekend and also ranks second overall in the Big 12.

INSIDE THE SERIES

  • Texas Tech and Kansas will meet for the 22nd time in school history Saturday in a series that has historically been dominated by the Red Raiders. Tech is 19-2 all-time against the Jayhawks with wins in 12 of the past 13 meetings.
  • Over the course of its 12-game winning streak over the Jayhawks, Texas Tech won 10 of those games by a double-digit margin.
  • The Red Raiders are 9-1 against the Jayhawks all-time inside Jones AT&T Stadium as Texas Tech has won those nine games by an average of 18.6 points.

TEXAS TECH – KANSAS CONNECTIONS

  • Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt and Kansas Athletics Director Jeff Long’s relationship dates back to their working relationship at the University of Oklahoma. Hocutt was an Associate Athletics Director for External Operations and Sports Administration from 1998-05, while Long was a Senior Associate Athletics Director at OU from 2001-02.
  • Kansas wide receivers coach Emmett Jones was previously on the Texas Tech staff from 2016-18 where he oversaw the Red Raiders’ outside receivers.
  • Texas Tech does not have any Kansas natives on its roster but does have three players who played in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference in sophomore offensive lineman Ethan Carde (Coffeyville C.C.), junior linebacker Krishon Merriweather (Garden City C.C.), sophomore running back Xavier White (Dodge City C.C.) and sophomore quarterback Brylon Lawson-Young (Dodge City C.C.).

POTENT NOTABLES

  • Texas Tech improved to 3-2 at home this season with its win over Baylor as the Red Raiders will look to add another victory this weekend against Kansas for its first winning season at home since going 4-2 in 2015. A victory over the Jayhawks would also mark the first time the Red Raiders had posted three conference wins at home since the 2009 season.
  • Texas Tech is 41-16 against non-ranked conference opponents at home since the Big 12 was formed in 1996 as the Baylor victory guaranteed the Red Raiders at least a .500 record at home for the 22nd time in the past 25 seasons.
  • Texas Tech is 13-20-3 all-time in the month of December between regular-season games and bowl appearances. The Red Raiders have won six of their past eight games in December dating back to 2002.
  • Texas Tech is averaging 30.6 points per game so far this season, which ranks fourth in the Big 12. The Red Raiders have currently averaged at least 30 points per game over 20-consecutive seasons, which is the longest active streak in the Big 12.

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