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'Better than average' Texas Tech is sharp in every facet.
Published Oct. 27, 2008

The stage is now set for possibly the biggest game ever played in Lubbock, Texas.

No. 8 Texas Tech scored touchdowns on its first five possessions of the first half and on its first three possessions of the second in a 63-21 demolition of 19th-ranked Kansas on homecoming Saturday at Memorial Stadium. It was Tech's most complete performance of the season, and the timing couldn't be better with No. 1 Texas looming this week.

"We were sharp," said quarterback Graham Harrell, who completed 34 of 42 for 386 yards and five touchdowns and ran for a touchdown. "We went out and tried to have a good time."

Harrell tossed a 55-yard touchdown to Edward Britton, a 4-yarder to Michael Crabtree, and 7- and 10-yarders to Eric Morris as the Red Raiders led 35-14 at the half. KU, booed in the second half, had allowed 38 points total in four previous home games.

"We're better than average," Tech coach Mike Leach said. "We've just got to keep going, keep preparing well and keep being excited to improve."

In snapping KU's 13-game home winning streak, Tech amassed 556 yards and scored touchdowns on 8 of 10 red-zone opportunities. Sophomore walk-on kicker Matt Williams, who earned a spot on the team with the help of a halftime kicking promotion, has made all nine extra points.

"I'm not going to panic because Texas Tech has done this to a lot of teams over the years," Jayhawks coach Mark Mangino said.