Rice-Texas Tech at a glance

Rice (0-1) at Texas Tech (1-0), 6 p.m. Saturday
Line: Texas Tech by 27.
Series Record: Texas Tech leads 26-20-1.
Last Meeting: 2007, Texas Tech 59-24.

What's at Stake

Texas Tech looks to improve on its 21-1 home record against non-conference foes under coach Mike Leach. The Red Raiders don't want to stumble heading into their matchup next weekend against No. 2 Texas. Rice lost 44-24 to UAB in its opener, snapping a seven-game winning streak. The schedule doesn't get any easier for Rice, which plays No. 5 Oklahoma State next week.

Key Matchup

Texas Tech WR Detron Lewis vs. Rice S Andrew Sendejo. Lewis caught eight passes for 146 yards in Tech's 38-13 victory over North Dakota. Sendejo had 15 tackles - including nine solo stops - against UAB.

Players to Watch

Rice: WR Toren Dixon, who caught a career-high nine passes for 65 yards at UAB, has a reception in 27 straight games.

Texas Tech: QB Taylor Potts threw for 405 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions against North Dakota. He also ran for two other scores in his first start since high school.

Facts & Figures

Leach's 77 victories since 2000 have him six shy of becoming the school's all-time wins leader. ... Texas Tech has won the last two meetings against its former Southwest Conference rival and hasn't lost to the Owls at home since 1985. ... In 2007 against Rice, Michael Crabtree caught 11 passes for 244 yards and scored three TDs. ... Rice is 5-14 all-time at Texas Tech.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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