GAMEDAY College Football

Texas Tech 63, Murray State 10

Associated Press

LUBBOCK, Texas - Donovan Smith came off the bench to throw four touchdown passes, Tahj Brooks ran for three scores and Texas Tech blew out lower-division Murray State 63-10 in coach Joey McGuire's debut.

Smith had scoring tosses on his first two passes after replacing Tyler Shough in the first half. McGuire indicated he planned to play both, but said at halftime Shough was injured and probably wouldn't return. Shough was on the sideline in the second half with a sling on his left (non-throwing) shoulder.

"We always preach stay ready so you don't got to get ready," said Smith, who was 14-of-16 passing for 221 yards without an interception. "Every time we're in the film room, every time we're practicing, we always take reps in the back."

Brooks finished with 50 yards and scoring runs of 14, 3 and 23 yards, the last giving the Red Raiders a 42-10 lead late in the first half on the way to their 23rd consecutive victory in a home opener.

Texas Tech's first meeting with Murray State and 20th consecutive victory over an FCS opponent was similar to the lower-division matchups from 2010-19, when the average margin of victory was 40 points.

The Red Raiders, who scored TDs on their first eight possessions, were coming off consecutive years of closer-than-expected FCS openers under former coach Matt Wells - victories over Houston Baptist and Stephen F. Austin - before Wells was fired midseason last year.

McGuire, a lifelong Texan who was a Baylor assistant the past five years after winning three Texas high school state championships, didn't have to worry for long about becoming the fifth consecutive Texas Tech coach since 2000 to win his opener.

Murray State quarterback DJ Williams, the Ohio Valley Conference freshman of the year last season, sustained an apparent right leg injury on the final play of the first half.

Williams was scrambling before setting up to throw with the Racers trying to get a touchdown as time ran out before the break, and his right leg buckled as he lost control of the ball and crumpled to the turf. Williams was helped off the field, unable to put any pressure on his right leg.

Loic Fouonji and Jerand Bradley had two touchdown catches apiece. Fouonji opened the scoring on a 30-yard catch from Shough before Smith's first TD toss, a 30-yarder to Bradley.

Fouonji's 39-yard catch from Smith gave Texas Tech a 28-10 lead early in the second quarter, and Bradley's 14-yard scoring grab made it 56-10 early in the third.

Bradley, a sophomore, had his first career 100-yard game with 108 yards on six catches, and Fouonji finished with four catches for 77 yards.

Smith led two quick scoring drives to start the third quarter before getting replaced by Behren Morton, who threw a 21-yard pass to Mason Tharp to finish the scoring early in the fourth. Shough was 6 of 10 for 154 yards as Texas Tech finished with 472 yards passing and 605 total.

THE TAKEAWAY

Murray State: The Racers' hopes going forward will depend a lot on the health of the dual-threat Williams. Before the injury, he had 207 yards passing with a 54-yard touchdown to Jacob Bell. Murray State gained just 35 yards without Williams in the second half. Lucas Maue was 1-of-7 passing for 1 yard.

Texas Tech: Shough was the starter for the second consecutive opener. He made it to the fourth game last season before breaking a collarbone. Smith got into nine games last year in part because of Shough's injury, and looks prepared to be the full-time starter if Shough is facing another lengthy absence.

SHARING THE WEALTH

If the opener is any indication, Brooks and SaRodorick Thompson will share the carries at running back much like they did late last season. Brooks had six carries to seven for Thompson, whose 48 yards pushed him past 2,000 for his career. Thompson caught a 30-yard TD from Smith.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter MurrayTxTch
TxTch TD 10:34 Loic Fouonji 30 yard TD pass from Tyler Shough (Trey Wolff Extra Point) 0 7
TxTch TD 7:28 Tahj Brooks 14 yard TD run (Gino Garcia Extra Point) 0 14
Murray FG 2:29 Aaron Baum 30 yard field goal 3 14
Second Quarter MurrayTxTch
TxTch TD 10:34 Jerand Bradley 30 yard TD pass from Donovan Smith (Trey Wolff Extra Point) 3 21
Murray TD 13:29 Jacob Bell 54 yard TD pass from DJ Williams (Aaron Baum Extra Point) 10 21
TxTch TD 13:13 Loic Fouonji 39 yard TD pass from Donovan Smith (Gino Garcia Extra Point) 10 28
TxTch TD 8:30 Tahj Brooks 3 yard TD run (Trey Wolff Extra Point) 10 35
TxTch TD 2:26 Tahj Brooks 23 yard TD run (Gino Garcia Extra Point) 10 42
Third Quarter MurrayTxTch
TxTch TD 12:38 SaRodorick Thompson 30 yard TD pass from Donovan Smith (Trey Wolff Extra Point) 10 49
TxTch TD 9:34 Jerand Bradley 14 yard TD pass from Donovan Smith (Gino Garcia Extra Point) 10 56
Fourth Quarter MurrayTxTch
TxTch TD 13:40 Mason Tharp 21 yard TD pass from Behren Morton (Trey Wolff Extra Point) 10 63
Team Stats
  Murray State Texas Tech
First downs 11 30
  Rushing 2 7
  Passing 6 21
  Penalty 3 2
3rd Down Efficiency 4-18, 22% 4-8, 50%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 41-50 28-128
Passing Yards 208 472
Return Yards 39 126
Completions-Attempts-Int 9-23-0 27-36-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 4-21 1-13
Punts 12 4
Fumbles Lost 0-0 2-0
Penalties - Yards 6-55 9-65
Murray State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Williams 8 17 207 1 0
L. Maue 1 6 1 0 0
Texas Tech Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Smith 14 16 221 4 0
T. Shough 6 10 154 1 0
B. Morton 7 10 97 1 1
Murray State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Witherspoon 11 32 2.9 0
L. Maue 4 11 2.8 0
J. Northington 6 7 1.2 0
Q. Jennings 5 6 1.2 0
K. Galbreath 1 4 4.0 0
C. Jones 8 4 0.5 0
D. Williams 6 -14 -2.3 0
Texas Tech Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Thompson 7 48 6.9 0
T. Brooks 5 45 9.0 3
B. Donnell 8 23 2.9 0
T. Shough 1 17 17.0 0
D. Smith 2 9 4.5 0
B. Bedwell 1 2 2.0 0
B. Morton 3 -15 -5.0 0
Murray State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Bell 2 76 38.0 1
L. Brooks 1 51 51.0 0
C. Rearden 1 33 33.0 0
D. Dallas 2 26 13.0 0
Q. Jennings 2 15 7.5 0
T. Shields 1 7 7.0 0
Texas Tech Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Bradley 6 108 18.0 2
L. Fouonji 3 102 34.0 2
N. Martinez I 2 43 21.5 0
M. Price 3 39 13.0 0
S. Thompson 1 30 30.0 1
T. Cleveland 2 24 12.0 0
X. White 2 23 11.5 0
H. Teeter 1 23 23.0 0
M. Tharp 1 21 21.0 1
B. Cupp 1 20 20.0 0
J. Sparkman 1 14 14.0 0
D. Hocutt 1 11 11.0 0
T. Brooks 2 7 3.5 0
H. Wiginton 1 7 7.0 0
Murray State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Appleton 1 0
Texas Tech Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Murray State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Halton 12 474 39.5
Texas Tech Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. McNamara 4 185 46.3
Murray State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Gomes 1 0 0
Texas Tech Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Hocutt 2 19 9.5
M. Price 1 18 18.0
X. White 1 13 13.0
A. Frye 1 5 5.0
Murray State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Brooks 2 39 19.5
Texas Tech Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
X. White 2 71 35.5
Murray State Missed FG
Player Length
Texas Tech Missed FG
Player Length




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