Final Wrap: Texas Tech 52, Arizona State 45

(from Texas Tech)



• Weather conditions at kickoff: Temperature: 75 degrees; Winds: S at 10 mph; Humidity: 55 percent; Conditions: Mostly Cloudy.

• Kickoff for tonight’s game was delayed by an hour due to lightning.

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

• Today’s game marked the fourth all-time meeting between Texas Tech and Arizona State. Texas Tech is now 2-2 all-time against the Sun Devils.

Arizona State won the coin toss and chose to receive. It marked the first time this season Texas Tech has not received the opening kickoff.

• Texas Tech wore white helmets, white jerseys and white pants. The Red Raiders are 9-5 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).

• Texas Tech went with its same starters on both sides of the ball as the Eastern Washington game with one exception in defensive back Jaylon Lane, who earned his first career start.

• Tonight’s attendance was 58,547.

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) Jaylon Lane, (LC) Octavious Morgan, (LS) Vaughnte Dorsey, (RS) Jah’Shawn Johnson.


• Gives Texas Tech a 2-0 overall record to start the 2017 season. The Red Raiders have started 2-0 in 11 of their last 12 seasons since 2005 and in 15 of their 21 seasons as a Big 12 member.

• Gives Texas Tech a 2-2 all-time record against Arizona State. This was the Sun Devils’ first ever trip to Lubbock.

• Gives Texas Tech a 39-18-2 all-time record against current members of the Pac-12 Conference.

• Gives Texas Tech a 39-11 record in night games at home dating back to the start of the 2002 season.

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

• Gives Kliff Kingsbury a career record of 2-1 against Arizona State.

• Gives Kliff Kingsbury a career record of 8-3 in night games at Jones AT&T Stadium which includes a 6-0 mark versus non-conference opponents.

TEXAS TECH Team notes

Texas Tech has now scored in 247-straight games dating back to the 1997 season, a streak that ranks 11th nationally and second in the Big 12 Conference.

• Texas Tech’s 52 points in tonight’s win marked the 12th time in the last 14 games at Jones AT&T Stadium where the Red Raiders have scored 50 or more points.

• Texas Tech’s record improved to 21-3 under Kliff Kingsbury when leading at the half.

• Texas Tech won its second game in three seasons against a Power 5 non-conference opponent. The Red Raiders have defeated 10 Power 5 opponents in non-conference action since 2004.

• Keke Coutee and Dylan Cantrell both went over 100 receiving yards in tonight’s win, marking the first time since the 2016 season finale against Baylor that the Red Raiders had multiple wideouts reach the 100-yard mark. Ironically, both Coutee and Cantrell were those two receivers in last year’s meeting with Baylor.

• Texas Tech set up its final touchdown of the first half via a Ja’Deion High blocked punt with just over a minute remaining. It marked Tech’s first blocked punt since current Detroit Lions standout Kerry Hyder got his hand on an Oklahoma State punt in 2013.


• Nic Shimonek was once again accurate in his second career start leading the Red Raiders as he finished 37-of-50 for a career-high 543 yards and six touchdowns. Through two games this season, Shimonek is completing 78.8 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns and zero interceptions.

• Shimonek’s six touchdown passes marked the most for a Red Raider quarterback since Patrick Mahomes III also tossed six touchdowns against Baylor on Nov. 25, 2016.

• Shimonek’s 543 passing yards ranks ninth all-time on the Texas Tech single-game chart. It marked the most passing yards by a Red Raider since Patrick Mahomes III threw for 586 yards during the Baylor game last season.

• Shimonek is the seventh quarterback in program history to throw for 500-plus yards in a game. It marked the 16th time in school history that a Texas Tech quarterback has reached the 500-yard plateau.

• Shimonek went over 300 yards in the first half alone as he was 21-of-25 for 318 yards and five touchdowns. It marked the first time he had thrown for over 300 yards in a half during his career.

• In addition to his accuracy, Shimonek spread the ball around as five different receivers were on the end of a touchdown pass.


• Jordyn Brooks led the Red Raider defense with 13 tackles in tonight’s win. It was the fourth time in Brooks’ career where he has totaled 10 or more tackles in a game.

• Jah’Shawn Johnson joined Brooks with double-digit tackles as the junior safety recorded 12 stops sparked by nine solo tackles. It was the seventh time in Johnson’s career where he recorded 10 or more tackles.

• Keke Coutee found the endzone for the third time already this season as he scampered in on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Nic Shimonek with 4:25 remaining in the first quarter. Coutee put together another outstanding performance for the Red Raiders, totaling a career-best 186 yards through the air on a career-high 12 catches. He now has four 100-yard receiving performances during his career.

• Mychealon Thomas recorded Texas Tech’s first takeaway of the game as the defensive lineman fell on a fumbled Arizona State snap with 1:09 remaining in the first quarter. It marked Thomas’ first career fumble recovery.

• Dylan Cantrell hauled in his first touchdown of the season and the 12th of his career on a 29-yard strike from Shimonek with four seconds remaining in the first quarter. The Red Raiders were facing 3rd-and-17 when Shimonek looked right to find Cantrell in the back of the endzone. Cantrell ended the night with a career-high 160 yards through the air on eight receptions.

• With the score tied at 45-45, Cantrell also found paydirt on a three-yard rush on a third and goal play with 1:55 remaining in the fourth quarter. For Cantrell, it was his first career rushing touchdown on his first career rushing attempt.

• Mason Reed also found the endzone for the first time in his career as the fullback caught a Shimonek pass in the flat on a 10-yard touchdown pass at the 3:31 mark of the second quarter. It was Reed’s first reception of the season and the sixth of his career.

• Cameron Batson added six receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown. It was Batson’s first receiving touchdown of the season and 10th of his career. His 11-yard score with 1:48 left in the first quarter gave the Red Raiders a 14-3 advantage.

• Derrick Willies posted his second touchdown of the season and the fourth of his career with 9:25 remaining in the third quarter as he hauled in a 29-yard strike from Shimonek. Willies finished the game with four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown.

• Justin Stockton accounted for 103 yards of total offense. He rushed for a team-leading 47 yards on 12 carries and tacked on 56 yards on a career-high five receptions. The last time Stockton picked up five receptions was against West Virginia on Oct. 15, 2016.

• Michael Barden was called on for a 39-yard field goal with 3:06 remaining in the third quarter. It was Barden’s first field goal attempt since the 2015 season. The 39-yard attempt was also the longest successful try of his career.