HOUSTON, TX (KCBD) - The Red Raiders saw their 15-game season opening win streak snapped as they lost to Ole Miss 47-27 Saturday in Houston.
The Rebels racked up 548 yards of total offense.
First impressions were not good for the Red Raiders in the first quarter as Ole Miss scored on the Texas Tech defense with a 58-yard touchdown pass to D. K. Metcalf with the game just 33 seconds old.
The Red Raiders responded as McLane Carter overthrew T.J. Vasher, but he reached out and extended his arm to hand in an amazing catch to put Texas Tech in business. DaLeon Ward's 15-yard touchdown run tied the game at 7.
However, Ole Miss would return the ensuing kickoff 94-yards for a touchdown to retake the lead. Red Raider cornerback Desmon Smith was ejected from the game for targeting. Then McLane Carter was hurt on a run and was carted off the field.
Ole Miss led 24-7 after a brutal first quarter.
Freshman Alan Bowman came in and threw a touchdown pass to Ja'Deion High cut the Rebels lead to 10.
In the 3rd, down 17, DaLeon Ward with his 2nd touchdown of the game, a 9-yard run, cut the deficit to 10 again at 37-27.
Tech couldn't get any closer and the 3rd longest season opening win streak in the country ends. The Red Raiders last season opening kiss was at Ohio State in 2002.
Bowman went 29-49 for 273 yards and 1 touchdown.
Now 0-1, the Red Raiders home opener is next Saturday as they host Lamar 3pm at Jones AT&T Stadium.