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.
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