Texas Tech routs Murray State 63-10 in McGuire’s debut

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) – Donovan Smith went off the bench to launch four touchdown passes, Tahj Brooks ran for three scores and Texas Tech knocked out Murray State 63-10 in the bottom division in coaching Joey McGuireThe debut on Saturday night.

Smith scored pitches on his first two passes after the substitution Tyler Shough in the first half. McGuire indicated that he intended to play both, but said Shough was injured at half-time and probably wouldn’t be back. Shough was on the sidelines in the second half with a harness on his left shoulder (not throwing).

Brooks finished with 50 yards and scoring 14, 3 and 23 yards, the latter giving the Red Raiders a 42-10 halftime lead on the way to their 23rd straight win in a home opener.

Texas Tech’s first fight with Murray State and 20th consecutive win over an FCS opponent was similar to the lower division matches of 2010-19, when the average winning margin was 40 points

The Red Raiders were coming out of consecutive years of FCS openings closer than expected under the leadership of the former manager Matt Wells – wins over Houston Baptist and Stephen F. Austin – before Wells was fired mid-season last year.

McGuire, a lifelong Texan who has been Baylor’s assistant for the past five years after winning three Texas state high school championships, didn’t have to worry for long about becoming the fifth consecutive Texas Tech coach since 2000 to win his own. debut.

Murray State quarterback DJ Williams, Ohio Valley Conference freshman of the year last season, suffered an apparent right leg injury in the last play of the first half.

Williams was scrambling before preparing to pitch with the Racers trying to land a touchdown when time ran out before half-time, and his right leg bent as he lost control of the ball and crumpled on the turf. Williams was helped off the pitch, unable to put any pressure on his right leg.

Loic Fouonji And Jerand Bradley had two touchdowns each. Fouonji opened the scoring on a 30-yard hold from Shough before Smith’s first TD throw, a 30-yard for Bradley.

Fouonji’s 39-yard catch from Smith gave Texas Tech a 28-10 lead early in the second quarter, and Bradley’s 14-yard scoring hold led to 56-10 early in the third.

Bradley, in his second year, played his first career game from 100 yards with 108 yards out of six catches and Fouonji finished with four catches for 77 yards.

Smith had 14 of 16 for 221 yards without an interception before being replaced by Behren Morton in the third quarter. Shough was 6 of 10 for 154 yards when Texas Tech finished with 472 past yards and 605 total.

TAKE AWAY

Murray State: The Racers’ hopes for the future will depend heavily on the health of the double-threatened Williams. Before the injury, she had 207 yards passing with a 54-yard touchdown to Jacob Bell. Murray State only gained 35 yards without Williams in the second half. Lucas Maue was 1 in 7 going through 1 yard.

Texas technology: Shough was the owner for the second consecutive opening. He made it to his fourth game last season before breaking a collarbone. Smith played nine games last year, partly due to Shough’s injury, and looks set to be the full-time starter if Shough faces another lengthy absence.

NEXT

Texas Tech: Houston’s number 24 will visit the Red Raiders next Saturday with the Cougars winning 37-35 at UTSA in three overtime.

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