Monday, December 29th, 2008


The No. 8 Texas Tech Red Raiders (11-1, 7-1 Big 12) continued preparing for the 73rd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic with a crisp, two-hour practice in helmets and shorts under sunny, ideal conditions at Texas Stadium. Texas Tech, the first one-loss team to play in the Classic since BYU in 1997, plays the Ole Miss Rebels on Friday, Jan. 2, 2009.

The Red Raiders, ranked first in the nation in passing offense with 417.3 yards a game through the air, worked on their high-powered passing attack with a variety of passing drills before scrimmaging against their scout teams. Texas Tech sports the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winner for the most outstanding senior quarterback in Graham Harrell and the Biletnikoff Award winner for the top wide receiver in Michael Crabtree.

Head coach Mike Leach, winner of the George Munger Award as college football’s coach of the year by the Maxwell Football Club, was pleased with his squad’s practice.

“We had good work today,” Leach said. “It was a routine practice. We got through stuff quick and sharp.”

Leach was quick to praise his scout teams for their efforts today.

“I thought our scout teams played well,” Leach said. “That’s a tough job. They gave us some good looks (at what Ole Miss will do). I think that was the most impressive part of today’s practice.”

Today the Red Raiders welcomed high school coaches from approximately 40 area high schools to practice.

Following practice, the team visited hospitalized children at the Children’s Medical Center. Tonight both Texas Tech and Ole Miss will enjoy the NHL experience when the Dallas Stars host the San Jose Sharks at American Airlines Center.

Texas Tech has no reported injuries.

The 73rd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, the final one to be played at the Cotton Bowl Stadium at Fair Park, will kick off at 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 2, 2009. The Classic will be televised for the 11th consecutive year on FOX Sports. Pat Summerall and Brian Baldinger will handle the broadcasting duties, with Jeanne Zelasko and Krista Voda reporting from the sidelines. For the 16th consecutive year, the Westwood One Radio Network will broadcast the Classic, with Brad Sham and Terry Bowden at the microphones. The game is sold out.