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Texas Tech 56, Eastern Washington 10

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TEXAS TECH POSTGAME NOTES

GETTING STARTED

• Weather conditions at kickoff: Temperature: 90 degrees; Winds: NNW at 10 mph; Humidity: 28 percent; Conditions: clear skies.

• Today’s game was televised nationally on FOX Sports Net.

Today’s game marked the second all-time meeting between Texas Tech and Eastern Washington. Texas Tech is now 2-0 all-time against the Eagles.

Eastern Washington won the coin toss and chose to defer to the second half.

Texas Tech wore white helmets, black jerseys and white pants. The Red Raiders are 1-1 in the combination dating back to the 2009 season.

• Today’s game captains were Dakota Allen (LB), Cameron Batson (WR), Dylan Cantrell (WR), Jah’Shawn Johnson (DB) and Nic Shimonek (QB).

• Senior offensive lineman Baylen Brown made his team-leading 34th start of his career while senior defensive back Justis Nelson made his 32nd career start.

• The Red Raiders had a handful of players make their first career start in today’s game: Jacob Hines, Jack Anderson, Nic Shimonek, Mychealon Thomas, Lonzell Gilmore, Desmon Smith, Octavious Morgan and Vaughnte Dorsey.

• Today’s attendance was 54,988.

Starters – (Offense) – (LT) Madison Akamnonu, (LG) Jacob Hines, (C) Paul Stawarz, (RG) Jack Anderson (RT) Terence Steele, (QB) Nic Shimonek, (RB) Justin Stockton, (WR) Keke Coutee, (WR) Cameron Batson, (WR) Dylan Cantrell, (WR) Derrick Willies; (Defense) – (DE) Zach Barnes, (T) Broderick Washington, Jr. (N) Mychealon Thomas, (RUSH) Lonzell Gilmore, (WILL) Dakota Allen, (MIKE) Jordyn Brooks, (NB) Douglas Coleman III, (RC) Desmon Smith, (LC) Octavious Morgan, (LS) Vaughnte Dorsey, (RS) Jah’Shawn Johnson.

TEXAS TECH’S WIN…

• Gives Texas Tech a 1-0 overall record to start the 2017 season.

• Gives Texas Tech a 2-0 all-time record against Eastern Washington. The Red Raiders also defeated the Eagles to start the 2008 season.

• Gives Texas Tech a 64-26-3 all-time record in season openers. Texas Tech has now won each of its last 15 season openers, the fourth-longest streak in the country.

• Gives Texas Tech a 74-17-2 all-time record in home openers. This was the 18th-straight season where the Red Raiders have won their home opener.

Gives Texas Tech a 21-1 all-time record against FCS opponents.

• Gives Kliff Kingsbury a career record of 25-26.

• Gives Kliff Kingsbury a career record of 1-0 against Eastern Washington.

tEXAS TECH Team notes

• With its 56 points today, Texas Tech Athletics will donate $5,600 to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts as part of its #ScoreOnHarvey campaign. Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury will match that amount in a donation of his own for a total $11,200. Several Texas Tech Athletics staff members have also committed donations based on today’s game as well.

• The win marked the 15th-consecutive year Texas Tech has opened its season with a win, which is now the tied for the second-longest active streak in the FBS after Florida lost to Michigan earlier this afternoon. Tech trails Ohio State’s FBS-leading 17-consecutive years of opening with a win after the Buckeyes defeated Indiana on Thursday night. Alabama has won 15-straight season openers heading into tonight’s showdown with No. 3 Florida State.

• Texas Tech’s 56 points marked the 13th-consecutive years where the Red Raiders totaled 30 or more points in a season opener. It was also the seventh-straight year where the Red Raiders scored at least 40 points in their season opener. Dating back to 2000, the Red Raiders are now averaging 44.2 points per game in season openers.

Texas Tech has now scored in 246-straight games dating back to the 1997 season, a streak that ranks 11th nationally and second in the Big 12 Conference.

• Eastern Washington’s 10 points in today’s game marked the fewest allowed by the Red Raiders since Texas Tech topped Texas State, 33-7, on Sept. 21, 2013.

• The Red Raiders had not previously held an opponent scoreless over an entire half since the Red Raiders went into halftime with a 20-0 lead at Kansas on Oct. 17 2015.

It took the Red Raider defense just one play to force their first turnover of the 2017 season as Jah’Shawn Johnson knocked out a fumble that was recovered by Douglas Coleman III. Texas Tech had not previously opened its season with a turnover on its first defensive play of the game since Brian Duncan intercepted Eastern Washington quarterback Nicholas Ramos to start the 2008 campaign.

• Texas Tech held Eastern Washington scoreless over the first quarter of today’s game. It marked the first time Tech had shut out an opponent through one quarter since the Red Raiders topped Kansas on Sept. 29, 2016. The Red Raiders also blanked Eastern Washington in the third and fourth quarters to give Tech 15 scoreless quarters under third-year defensive coordinator David Gibbs.

• The Red Raider offense started the game slower than normal, punting on each of its first three possessions. Texas Tech found the endzone consistently from there, though, as the Red Raiders scored a touchdown on each of their next eight possessions.

• Dating back to the start of the 2015 season, Texas Tech has now scored at least 50 points in 11 of 13 games at Jones AT&T Stadium.

• Texas Tech finished today’s game with 177 rushing yards on 40 carries. The 177 rushing yards is the most for the Red Raiders since they tallied 196 rushing yards on 43 carries versus Louisiana Tech on Sept. 17, 2016.

• Texas Tech forced three turnovers in the win, while failing to give up one of its own. The Red Raiders are now 10-3 under Kliff Kingsbury when leading the turnover battle and have forced at least two turnovers in back-to-back games for the first time since the UTEP and Arkansas games on Sept. 12 and Sept. 19, 2015. Tech forced Baylor into three fumbles in the final game of last season.

shimonek ACCURATE IN FIRST CAREER START AT QUARTERBACK

• Nic Shimonek was down-right accurate in his first career start as Texas Tech’s signal caller as he completed his first 14 passes to start the game. His streak was only one completion shy of tying the Texas Tech single-game record fo 15 that was set by Seth Doege at New Mexico on Sept. 17, 2011 and Taylor Potts versus Baylor on Oct. 9, 2010.

• Shimonek ended the game an impressive 26-of-30 for 384 yards and three touchdowns before leaving the game late in the third quarter. He was replaced by sophomore quarterback McLane Carter.

• Shimonek was nearing the Texas Tech and FBS single-game records for completion percentage until he departed the game late in the third quarter. His 86.7 completion percentage trailed Seth Doege for the Tech single-game record as Doege completed 90.9 percent of his passes at New Mexico in 2011.

• Shimonek surpassed his career high for passing in the first half alone as he finished 16-of-17 for 272 yards and three touchdowns. His previous career high was 271 yards against Kansas a year ago.

NOTING THE RED RAIDERS

• Jah’Shawn Johnson’s forced fumble on Eastern Washington’s first drive marked the sixth already in his career. He finished with a share of the team high with seven tackles.

• Coutee, a preseason candidate for the Biletnikoff Award, broke off a pair of big plays to finish with 99 yards off five receptions. He hauled in a 68-yard touchdown strike from Shimonek with 5:45 remaining in the second quarter that marked the longest catch of his career. He added a 17-yard touchdown reception with 5:45 remaining later in the quarter for the second multi-touchdown game of his career (Kansas – 2016).

• It’s only fitting that Derrick Willies caught the first touchdown from Nic Shimonek this season as the good friends and Iowa transfers connected on a 75-yard strike with 10:21 remaining in the second quarter. Willies put together the best performance as a Red Raider as he matched his career high with four receptions while also setting a new career mark with 126 receiving yards. He went over the 100-yard mark early in the second quarter.

• With the Red Raider offense stalling early, Dominic Panazzolo placed Eastern Washington deep in its own field with punts that were downed at the six and four yard lines in the first quarter alone. He averaged 36.7 yards per punt over his three attempts this afternoon, all of which came in the first quarter.

• Justin Stockton scored the first touchdown of the 2017 season as he scampered 25 yards into the endzone to complete a five-play, 80-yard drive with 1:51 remaining in the first quarter. He finished with 47 yards and a career-high two touchdowns on the ground off just eight carries. He also doubled his rushing touchdown total from a year ago.

• Tony Jones recorded Tech’s first sack of the 2017 season as he stalled Eastern Washington’s opening drive of the second half by sacking quarterback Gage Gubrud for 10 yards. He added his first career interception with 12:13 remaining in the fourth quarter.

• Desmond Nisby had quite the debut for the Red Raiders in the back field as he notched a team-high 57 yards on the ground off six carries.

• Dakota Allen’s return to the Red Raiders was noted as he finished one tackle shy of the team high. He finished with six tackles, including an assist that went for a loss.

• Willie Sykes took his first career interception back 33 yards into the endzone with 3:09 remaining in the third quarter. It was the first interception returned for a touchdown by a Red Raider since Jah’Shawn Johnson went 27 yards into the endzone at Kansas in 2015.

• McLane Carter recorded his first career touchdown pass with 12:44 remaining in the game as he found Quan Shorts on a 22-yard strike. It was the second touchdown grab of Shorts’ career.

• Brayden Stringer matched his career high with five tackles in today’s win, four of which that were solo takedowns.

• Tre King found the endzone in his debut as a Red Raider on a 1-yard rush up the middle with 7:17 remaining in the third quarter. He totaled 17 yards on the ground on four carries.

• Michael Ewton handled the kicking duties in place of Clayton Hatfield as he finished 8-for-8 on extra-point attempts.

• Antoine Wesley hauled in his first career reception on a 13-yard pass from Jett Duffey midway through the fourth quarter. It was also the first career completion for Duffey.

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