Game Preview: Red Raiders Host UTEP Under the Lights

Game Preview: Red Raiders Host UTEP Under the Lights

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech will look to build off an impressive debut under head coach Matt Wells as the Red Raiders welcome UTEP on Saturday night for a 7 p.m. kickoff inside Jones AT&T Stadium.  
 
The game will broadcast to a regional audience on FOX Sports Net with Mark Followill on the call alongside analyst Brian Baldinger with CT Steckel reporting from the sidelines. Fans can find the game locally on FOX Sports Southwest or on any streaming device by using the FOX Sports Go app.
 
The Texas Tech Sports Network will also broadcast the game over 46 affiliates throughout the state of Texas and New Mexico as Brian Jensen will have the call alongside analyst John Harris, sideline reporter Chris Level and engineer Steve Pitts. The radio broadcast can also be heard XM channel 207, Sirius channel 146 or via the TuneIn app.
 
INSIDE THE UTEP SERIES

  • Texas Tech will be facing UTEP for the 24th time in program history Saturday as the Red Raiders will look to build off a seven-game winning streak in the series. Tech is 16-6-1 all-time against the Miners and an impressive 8-3 in games played in Lubbock. UTEP has not defeated the Red Raiders in Lubbock since 1956 when the Miners escaped the Hub City with a 17-13 victory in front of 17,000 fans. UTEP's only other two victories over Texas Tech in Lubbock came in 1939 and then 1931.
  • Over its seven-game winning streak against the Miners, Texas Tech has averaged 19.1 points as its margin of victory. The Red Raiders routed UTEP, 69-20, in its last visit to Jones AT&T Stadium, marking their most points versus the Miners in series history.
  • UTEP boasts two former Texas Tech staff members in its program in defensive line coach Matt Wallerstedt and special teams coordinator Joe Robinson. Wallerstedt served as the Red Raiders' defensive coordinator in 2013 and then part of the 2014 season, while Robinson was the special teams coordinator at Tech for the 2016-17 campaigns. 
  • Texas Tech head coaches are now 10-5-1 all-time when making their debut on the Red Raider sideline after the Red Raiders defeated Montana State last weekend. The victory made Matt Wells the fourth-consecutive head coach to win his debut game.
  • Even more impressive, the Red Raiders won in a rout as only DeWitt Weaver secured a larger margin of victory in his coaching debut. Weaver, the fifth head coach in program history, led the Red Raiders to a 46-7 victory over West Texas State in 1951, the first of his 10 seasons roaming the Tech sideline.
  • The Red Raiders recorded 691 yards of total offense in the victory, the most for a head coach making his debut in school history.
  • The victory marked the 20th-consecutive year Texas Tech has opened its home slate with a win, the longest such streak in school history.     

 

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