By: Anonymous on January 1, 2008 - 2:51pm - Add new comment
Chris Gould tacks on a short field goal just before the break, making the score 21-7 Virginia at halftime.Mikell Simpson's 96-yard touchdown run is the second-longest in any bowl. The record was a 99-yard run by Oregon State QB Terry Baker -- the former Heisman Trophy -- in the 1962 Liberty Bowl. It was the only score in a 6-0 win over Virginia.There had not been a safety in the Gator Bowl since 1981, and now we've seen two in one half today.
By: Anonymous on January 1, 2008 - 2:27pm - Add new comment
The Wahoos are answering Texas Tech's early touchdown in a big way. Two safeties sandwiched around a 96-yard touchdown run by Mikell Simpson have given Virginia an 18-7 lead with 2:32 left before halftime.The 96-yard run by Simpson was a school and Gator Bowl record. Both safeties came when Graham Harrell was flagged for intentional grounding, trying to get rid of the ball under pressure in the end zone. Tech better get it together in a hurry.
By: Anonymous on January 1, 2008 - 1:27pm - Add new comment
After going three-and-out on their first possession, the Red Raiders go right down the field on their second. Detron Lewis gets open on a slant pattern and scores easily on a pass from Graham Harrell. The play covered 10 yards, the drive 10 plays for 78 yards. It's 7-0 Tech at 9:35 in the first quarter.
By: Anonymous on January 1, 2008 - 1:18pm - Add new comment
With Anthony Hines (knee) being out, Jordy Rowland is in as an extra defensive back on Texas Tech's dime package. Rowland's a junior from Nazareth who came in as a walk-on four years ago. He's worked his way up and played mostly on special teams in the past.
By: Anonymous on January 1, 2008 - 1:07pm - Add new comment
Gator Bowl Association president Rick Catlett told me the other day that having the Florida Gators playing at the same time as the Texas Tech-Virginia game is a bad deal for the Gator Bowl. UF is just down the road in Orlando, playing Michigan and kicking off at the same time.
By: Anonymous on January 1, 2008 - 12:40pm - Add new comment
It's a beautiful day for football in Jacksonville. Sunny, clear and probably about 60 degrees. Actually, if I were a football player, it might feel a little hot.One thing to note today: There's actually some wind here in Jacksonville. After being calm all week, they're calling for 15-18 mph wind with gusts to 30. The flag's blowing a little bit as we speak. It's not a gale, and with Jacksonville Municipal Stadium being enclosed on the ends, I don't know that it will affect the game that much.
By: Anonymous on December 30, 2007 - 11:18pm - Add new comment
A-J entertainment editor William Kerns was on a teleconference recently for Denzel Washington, the two-time Academy Award-winning actor. Bill, when he identified himself on the call, didn't expect Washington to respond with something along the lines of: "Lubbock! Home of Texas Tech! I wanted to be a Red Raider!'' But he did.Washington, who grew up in New York playing for a team called the Red Raiders, settled for playing college basketball at Fordham when P.J. Carlesimo coached there.
By: Anonymous on December 30, 2007 - 11:14pm - Add new comment
It's been almost nothing but sunshine, calm and spring-training temperatures since Texas Tech arrived in Jacksonville on Wednesday. The conditions finally changed Sunday -- fog in the moring, and cloudy and overcast all afternoon. It showered a little bit, too. The temperature held, though. That's the good thing. The high today was 72 degrees, and it still feels fine.The latest National Weather Service forecast for game day calls for a high of 63 and sunshine, but breezy. Specifically, the NWS is calling for northwest winds from 15 to 18 mph but with gusts 38.
By: Anonymous on December 29, 2007 - 5:38pm - Add new comment
It's 78 degrees as I sit here in Jacksonville at 5:30 p.m. Lot of boats on the St. Johns River today.Texas Tech worked out for about an hour and 20 minutes this afternoon. The Red Raiders really haven't had a regular-season, two-hour type workout since they've been here, which is an indication that Mike Leach is comfortable with how prepared his team is -- and was before it got here.