Texas Tech defense gets six sacks in spring game

Updated: April 15, 2006, 10:56 PM ET
Associated Press

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech's defense made it tough on the offense Saturday, coming up with six sacks and allowing only a field goal through the first three quarters of the annual Red-Black game.

"Defensively, I think this is the most impressive group of guys able to respond to play after play," Tech coach Mike Leach said. "Overall, they did a great job making big plays and working well together."

Sophomore walk-on linebacker Calen Shearer led with seven tackles. Three others had six tackles each.

"We came out and competed real well for our offense," senior nose tackle Chris Hudler said. "We kept them out of the end zone as much as possible."

The offense was limited to 223 yards in the first half after losing 20 yards on the ground. It finished with 438 yards.

Kobey Lewis, the leading rusher with 33 yards on seven carries, scored on a 6-yard run in the fourth quarter. Sophomore walk-on quarterback Ryan Rowland completed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Kelly Hildebrandt.

Sophomore quarterback Graham Harrell completed 27-of-38 passes for 227 yards. He was sacked twice. Redshirt freshman Chris Todd completed 15-of-23 for 119 yards.

"We moved the ball at times, and then there were times when we couldn't get the ball to move very far. I think we can definitely improve on some things but overall I feel that we played pretty good," Harrell said.

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