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Nation's leading passer will play

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech quarterback B.J. Symons, the
nation's leading passer who slightly twisted his knee last week
after celebrating a touchdown pass, vowed he'll be 100 percent for
Saturday's game at Oklahoma State.

Symons said he "landed a little funny" after jumping to give a
high five to Wes Welker after a TD pass in Tech's 52-21 win over
Iowa State. But he returned to the game on the next series after
trainers placed a brace on it.

"B.J.'s going to play. B.J. feels great," Symons said this
week. "I don't expect it to be any problem."

Symons, who has passed for 2,954 yards and 27 touchdowns, sat
out Sunday's practice. His leg appeared to be bothering him on the
team's off day Monday; he walked gingerly at the weekly news
conference. But he returned to practice Tuesday.

"I had a little bit of soreness (Sunday) when I woke up but
that's natural," he said.

The Red Raiders (5-1, 2-0 Big 12) are averaging 47 points a
game, and they'll need Symons against Oklahoma State (5-1, 1-1),
which is scoring 41 points per game. Symons has passed for more
than 400 yards in five games, and he has gone over 500 yards three
times.

"Of course he's going to play," coach Mike Leach said. "We're
having a game; B.J. plays in games."

Symons said there was no discussion with Leach about whether
he'd return to last week's game after the injury.

"It wasn't a question," Symons said. "The brace was more of a
precautionary thing. They just wanted to be safe and threw that on
me. I could have gone out there without it, I felt like."

No one would say whether Symons would wear a brace Saturday.