Tracking Greatness: Texas Tech in the NCAA FBS Record Book

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Tracking Greatness: Texas Tech in the NCAA FBS Record Book

The NCAA keeps a mind boggling number of statistics covering all facets of college football.

Everything from touchdowns scored on punt returns to most yards gained over two, three and four seasons is tracked and recorded in the NCAA FBS Record Book (which can be accessed through the NCAA website).

With the 2010 College Football Season a mere month or so away, all-time FBS records are reviewed to compile “watch lists” of individuals and teams who are in a position to break all time leaders in a wide array of categories.

When we think of Texas Tech and its lofty place in the collegiate football records our minds quite naturally immediately turn to offensive numbers.

As Red Raiders, we are sure our most recent gridiron heroes must hold all-time marks in passing, scoring, first downs, touchdowns, etc.

But, what other records does Texas Tech own within the sacred pages keeping track of the best of the best in all of college football?

Frankly speaking, the answer to this question might surprise Red Raider fans, and, for that matter, other close followers of college ball.

The Texas Tech Football Red Raiders hold approximately 100 team and individual records in the NCAA FBS archives.

For instance, Graham Harrell holds the mark for "Most Yards Gained, per Game, Against One Opponent in a Career (with a minimum of three games)."

His 486.3 per game yards vs. Texas (from 2006 – 08) or 1459 total yards in three games vs. the Longhorns is the best ever in college football history.

Additionally, Tech is ranked among the top producers in a wide array of position specific rankings in categories as varied as "Season Total Tackles" (Lawrence Flugence, 2002, number one all time with 193 tackles) to "Career Average Punting Yards" (Maury Buford, 1978-1981, eighth all time with 43.2 yards average per punt).

It would impossible, in this forum, to list each statistic and every record associated with Texas Tech in the FBS Record Book.

The following slideshow attempts to cover the highlights of Tech’s achievements: individuals, specific teams and games where the Red
Raiders have shone brightly above all of college football.

These are records that will stand for many years, representing greatness, outstanding personal effort, and teamwork.

But, even when eventually bested by others these marks of distinction will remain in the hearts of Red Raiders everywhere.

Indeed, Texas Tech is a beacon of hope not only for its own loyal throng of fans, but, for our entire college football nation.

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