LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech true freshman Alan Bowman threw for 282 yards and two scores while playing only the first half, and the Red Raiders had a modern-day team record with seven rushing touchdowns while beating Lamar 77-0 on Saturday to win their home opener for the 19th consecutive season.
It was the most points scored by Texas Tech since an 80-21 win over Sam Houston State in 2005, and its biggest margin of victory since a 79-0 win over Trinity in 1932 — seven years after a 120-0 win over Wayland in the school’s first season of football.
The Red Raiders (1-1) posted their first shutout since 2006, and even scored a touchdown on Adrian Frye’s 48-yard interception return in the fourth quarter.
Demarcus Felton and freshmen Ta’Zhawn Henry and Sarodorick Thompson each had two rushing touchdowns. Texas Tech hadn’t rushed for more than five TDs in a game since 1950; the school record is 12, which was done twice (1925 and 1932).
Bowman completed 22 of 25 passes and helped the Red Raiders take a 42-0 lead after becoming the fourth freshman quarterback to start a game for them in coach Kliff Kingsbury’s six seasons. The others were Patrick Mahomes, Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb.
Lamar (1-1) already trailed 14-0 after having zero net yards on its first three offensive series. The Cardinals had only 182 total yards.
Jett Duffey, who took over at quarterback after halftime for Tech, ran six times for 81 yards and a touchdown. He was 7-of-9 passing for 93 yards with an interception.
Junior McLane Carter won a three-man competition throughout spring and preseason practice to be the starting quarterback, but he suffered a high left ankle sprain in the first quarter in a season-opening loss to Mississippi last week. Bowman finished that game ahead of Duffey.
Lamar: After scoring 70 points in an opener against Kentucky Christian, an NAIA school with about 500 students, the Cardinals found themselves on the opposite side of a rout against a strong Texas Tech defense wanting to make amends for an opening 47-27 loss.
Texas Tech: The Red Raiders finished with 683 total yards while bouncing back strong from their 47-27 loss in Houston against Mississippi, which was the first time since 2002 they lost their first game of a season. While they did pretty much everything right against an overmatched opponent, things won’t be nearly as easy moving forward.
Lamar: The Cardinals play their Southland Conference opener at home against Northwestern State next Saturday night.
Texas Tech: Houston (2-0), coming off a 45-18 home win over Arizona and former head coach Kevin Sumlin, travels to Lubbock next Saturday to take on the Red Raiders and Kingsbury, who was one of Sumlin’s assistants with the Cougars. It will be Texas Tech’s final non-conference game.
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