By Casey Montalvo
Texas Tech freshman quarterback Alan Bowman and junior receiver Antoine Wesley each had a record-breaking day against Houston as Texas Tech outran Houston, 63-49.
Tallying 605 yards in the air, Bowman broke the Big 12 single-game freshman passing record, previously set in 2014 by Patrick Mahomes II with 598 yards. Bowman went 43-59 and accounted for five touchdowns. Before the second half started, he already had 383 yards and four touchdowns.
“When he came in and stepped in, we were always in sync with him,” Texas Tech receiver Ja’Deion High said. “He’s shown great composure the last three weeks and he runs the offense well.”
Wesley continued the record-breaking day by surpassing Texas Tech’s single game receiving yards mark with 261 yards and three touchdowns on 13 catches.
Before this season, Wesley only had 10 career receptions and 137 total yards. Believe it or not, Wesley didn’t always play the outside receiver position.
“We had him in the wrong position, playing on the inside for a couple years,” Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “He’s an outside wide receiver and that’s where he feels comfortable. He’s never complained, never mumbled about it, he just did his job. You got to give him a lot of credit because went through a grueling rehab with his injury and has come back better than he was before.”
High was just behind Wesley on the receiving leaderboard with 120 yards on seven receptions, including a 54-yard completion that wasn’t exactly supposed to happen.
“I wasn’t even supposed to get the ball on that play,” High said. “The corner just happened to sink off, and I looked back, saw the ball coming and just took off.”
Another freshman for Texas Tech had a good offensive day as running back Ta’Zhawn Henry rushed for 111 yards on 24 carries, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. He accounted for four touchdowns and had a long run of 19 yards. Henry had four times the amount of carries on the day as senior Demarcus Felton, who only totaled six carries.
Three Texas Tech players had a multi-touchdown day - T.J. Vasher had two scores, Wesley totaled three and Henry collected four on the ground.
Senior linebacker Dakota Allen led the defense against Houston, racking up nine total tackles, two breakups and a quarterback hit. Junior linebacker Jordyn Brooks was right behind Allen with eight total tackles and one quarterback hit.
“The defense settled in and had some big fourth down stops,” Kingsbury said. “They gave us the stops we needed to win the game and that’s what matters.”
For the Cougars, junior quarterback D’Eriq King led the offense and went 30-51 with 431 total yards and five touchdowns. After being sidelined for two seasons due to injuries, sophomore wide receiver Marquez Stevenson led the receivers with 177 yards on nine catches and two touchdowns. He also completed a pass for 31 yards during a trick play.
Texas Tech will travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma, next week to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Big 12-opener for both teams.