September 4, 2007

Texas Tech vs. SMU notebook

SOME HAPPY RETURNS IN OPENER


It didn't take long for fans to see the effects the new NCAA rules changes in the kicking game. Kickoffs were moved back to the 30-yard line this season, and both teams took quick advantage. Texas Tech took the opening kickoff back 46 yards and began its first possession at its own 49.


After the Tech touchdown, SMU's Jessie Henderson ran the kickoff back 36 yards, and SMU started at its own 49. For the game, Henderson ran four kickoffs back for 128 yards, a 32-yard average. Tech ran four kicks back for 99 yards, a 25-yard average.


MORSTEAD KICKIN' IT FOR SMU


Junior kicker Thomas Morstead accounted for all of the SMU scoring with three field goals from 36, 35, and 37 yards. He also punted five times for a 47-yard average, including three boomers of 53, 56, and 55 yards. His first two punts of 32 and 39 yards were anglers that came to rest inside Tech's 20-yard line.



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