NCAA Game Summary - Texas-El Paso at Texas Tech|
(Saturday, September 8th)
Final Score: Texas Tech 45, Texas-El Paso 31
Lubbock, TX (Sports Network) - Graham Harrell threw for 484 yards and four
touchdowns, as the Texas Tech Red Raiders defeated the Texas-El Paso Miners,
45-31, in a non-conference tilt from Jones SBC Stadium.
Michael Crabtree hauled in 15 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns for
Texas Tech (2-0), while Danny Amendola added 12 receptions for 101 yards and a
Trevor Vittatoe threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns for UTEP (1-1).
Joe West caught five passes for 101 yards and a touchdown, while Marcus Thomas
led the ground game with 85 yards and two scores in the loss.
Texas Tech jumped out to an early 7-0 lead following a one-yard run by Kobey
However, UTEP dominated the rest of the quarter, beginning with an eight-yard
touchdown pass from Vittatoe to Jeff Moturi midway through the frame.
The Miners went up 14-7 less than two minutes later when Vittatoe hit West with
a 41-yard scoring strike.
A two-yard touchdown run by Thomas in the final seconds of the quarter put the
Miners ahead 21-7.
The Red Raiders cut into their deficit early in the second frame when Harrell
connected with Crabtree on a six-yard touchdown pass.
Midway through the second quarter the Miners pushed their lead to 28-14 on a
three-yard touchdown run.
A 45-yard field goal by Texas Tech's Alex Trlica cut the Red Raiders deficit to
28-17 as the two teams entered the break.
Harrell came out firing early in the third quarter, hooking up with Crabtree
on a nine-yard strike to pull the Red Raiders within four.
He then gave Texas Tech its first lead since the opening quarter on a three-
yard pass to Danny Amendola, making the score 31-28.
UTEP tied the game in the final seconds of the third quarter with a 25-yard
field goal by Jose Martinez.
Early in the fourth quarter, Harrell threw his fourth touchdown pass of the
game, hitting Grant Walker for an eight-yard scoring strike.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Shannon Woods' two-yard touchdown run put
the game away as the Red Raiders were able to hold on to a 45-31 victory.
09/09 01:25:39 ET