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Texas Tech Sunday Morning Notes - They Had The Ability Edition

Texas Tech Football:

LAJ's Don Williams writes about the incredible attention received by the offensive line for post-season honors, of which, 3 out of 5 have been named to an All-American team. Here's guard Brandon Carter:

"We played well as a group," Carter said, "and it shows whenever three of the five linemen get all-American. If it was up to me, I’d have given it to the other two (center Stephen Hamby and tackle Marlon Winn), because I think they’re well-deserving of it also. I’m proud of these guys, and it’s really awesome to say that three of the five of our linemen got all-American."

Offensive line coach Matt Moore is excited for the line:

"The thing to me is it’s good to see those guys rewarded for all the hard work they’ve put in," said Moore, who’s in his second season as the offensive line coach. "They’ve really played well for me. They’ve played hard and worked hard, and they deserve it. I was just lucky enough to come in here and have these guys play for me. They had the ability. I just try to stay out of their way and let them play."

Cotton Bowl:

David Brandt of the Clarion Ledger notes that offensive lineman Maurice Miller will play in the Cotton Bowl, and Brandt also runs down the Ole Miss injuries, which there are few.

ESPN's Bruce Feldman writes that the Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss, Cotton Bowl is one of the top 5 most intriguing games:

The Cotton Bowl -- No. 25 Ole Miss. vs. No. 7 Texas Tech, Jan. 2: Let's not tout this as a precursor to the BCS title game, although there is some nice symmetry with SEC toughness vs. Big 12 offensive precision. The Rebels have the best D-line in the SEC, but can they get heat on Graham Harrell and can the undermanned Rebels DBs keep up with Michael Crabtree and that group of receivers when the Red Raiders' star comes home to Dallas? Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead, a one-time Texas Longhorn, also will be playing a game very close to his home town.

Texas Tech Basketball:

The Texas Tech Red Raiders defeated the New Mexico Lobos, 86-78 (boxscore). LAJ's Jeff Walker writes his game story and it's all about senior guard Alan Voskuil 28 point, on 8-14 shooting, performance. Excellent bounce back game from Voskuil, who was awful against UTEP.

But perhaps the players of the game, as noted in the broadcast, was the play of freshman center, Robert Lewandowski and freshman forward, Corbin Ray (emphasis mine):

"Definitely getting in there and making your first shot is a huge relief," said Lewandowski, who finished with a career-high 12 points, three rebounds and two blocked shots in 22 minutes. "It takes a lot of weight off your shoulders. And then going in there and doing it over and over again, getting into a routine helps a lot.

"Corbin and I both know, and Tyree, all the freshmen, that we’re not supposed to go in there and be superstars. We’re just supposed to get our jobs done. Corbin stepped up (Saturday) and got some points and I got to show what I could do, so it was a good confidence booster. We can’t let it happen for just one game, though."

Sound familiar? Do your job? Just cannot remember where I've heard that before.

All in all, a really nice win for Texas Tech and it should be noted that it's a lot easier to win at home than it is on the road.