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Texas Tech Red Raider Game Day Article Roundup for 09-04-07

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Well, that was easy. The game was a good time and the thing that stood out to me, other than Michael Crabtree will make all of our dreams come true, is that was the length of time Harrell had in the pocket.

AP Photo/Matt Slocum
AP Photo/Matt Slocum

When I got home last night I hadn't seen my wife since Saturday so I actually paid her some attention rather than sit at the computer typing out a review of the SMU game. I'll work on that tonight when I get home from work. I'll also be posting pictures from the game, including the picture where Coach Leach ran 35 yards down the field to the endzone to plead Michael Crabtree's touchdown.

This moring, you get loads of links, and no, I can't get to every article, but sure as hell tried.

Texas Tech Football:

First off, we have the boxscore. The thing that jumps out at me is total yards: 553 to 270.

We'll start with LAJ's Don Williams game story, grabbing quotes from Coach Leach, Michael Crabtree and Danny Amendola on their play yesterday. Also of note, is Coach Leach's focus on the play of the defense and offensive line:

"Really, I'd say the timeliness of some of our defensive plays and the emergence of our offensive line was the part I liked the best," he said.

Cornerback Chris Parker, who had a tremendous game from the stands, had this to say on the Red Raider defense coming into the game:

"We were concentrating on keeping him in the pocket," cornerback Chris Parker said, "because if he got out of the pocket, we knew he would be trouble. With our fast D-ends and our line, we knew that we could keep him in there."

Don's Tech Football Notes has notes on the crowd, which was obviously very pro-Texas Tech. Also of note is that Tyler Yenzer from a neck injury that kept him out of a number of practices in August. Finally, the coaching staff decided to use up 5 redshirts on Jonathan LaCour, Boby Agoucha, Lyle Leong and Justin Keown.

LAJ's Travis Cram focuses on the defense in his game story and has this gem from Coach Leach:

"I said, 'Don't let them in,' " Leach said. "We'd played good up to that point, and we didn't want them in the end zone. It would be like this article you're getting ready to write if you did a tremendous job of writing the first two-thirds of it, and then decided to misspell a whole bunch of words toward the end. We just wanted to make sure we didn't have any misspellings."

DMN's Kate Hairopoulos's game story focuses on the play of Graham Harrell. Harrell on his play:

"In this offense, you're going to put up big numbers, especially ... if you just get the ball in the playmakers' hands," said Harrell, who also scored on a 1-yard run. "That's what I did a really good job of today. They made plays. The receivers deserve as much credit as I do."

DMN's Brandon George writes about the greatness that is Michael Crabtree:

"This was real big for me, especially when everybody expected me to do a lot in my first game," Crabtree said. "I just cut all that out and played hard."

Crabtree said the game was special to him because he was able to play in front of family, including his parents.

"I was thinking about it the whole time. I was like, 'I got to show out in front of my hometown,' " Crabtree said. "I just saw my mom and my dad, and I was looking for everybody else. I guess they left."

Lots of good quotes on Crabtree, so go read the whole thing.

Finally, the FWST's Jim Reeves has a game story and Dwain Price focuses on guess who? Crabtree.