Texas Tech Player Quotes

By NU Athletic Communications

Texas Tech 31, Nebraska 10
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009
Memorial Stadium - Lincoln, Neb.

Wide Receiver Detron Lewis
On the game overall
"I felt we came out pretty excited. The tempo kind of went down at the start of the second half, especially for the offense, then we finally picked it up for the key drive in the fourth quarter and we put it away."

On if the team felt comfortable playing in Memorial Stadium
"Yeah we felt really comfortable. It's an exciting place to play, so we all were pretty excited to come up here and get these guys."

On not gaining yards like a typical Texas Tech offense does
"Sometimes that's just how the game's going to go. We're not always going to be able to put up the 500 yards we put up on offense to win the game. The 260 yards was good enough to get it today."

On the play of the Red Raider defense
"Give all credit to those guys. They helped us out a lot because we came out flat in the second half and those guys were just pounding them and pounding them and kept playing."

Quarterback Steven Sheffield
On the game overall
"It was a lot of fun. We came out excited and that was a big key to our success. If you all would've seen the locker room before the game, you would've thought it was a bunch of animals running around. That's how our program is, just letting go and letting everybody be themselves and a lot of loud music and it was good stuff. Everybody was ready to go just like we are every game and we came out riding. In the second half, the offense slumped and the defense picked up our slack. Thank God for the defense."

On if they were trying to run the clock in the second half
"A little bit. Towards the end on that last drive I was making sure the play clock was going to run down, because we had the lead and that's what you want to do when you have the lead. But at the same time it wasn't a thing that we were trying to run the clock out. We knew we needed to score and we capitalized on that and it ended up working out pretty good."

On two key third-down conversions in the first half
"A lot of times in games you can look back on third-down conversions, people who aren't doing very good at that, their scores aren't usually very good, because that's a real key play. Coach Leach always stresses that that's a key play and you know you've got to rise when it's third down because you don't want to be punting the ball the whole game. We did a good job in the first half on third downs, and in the second half we did horrible on third downs. We've got to get back to work."

On scoring on their first drive
"The touchdown on the first drive, that was good. We needed that. I just found out after the game that Nebraska was the second (scoring) defense in the country. I had no idea about that, but they played like it. They have quite a team and they played solid the whole game, defensively. But things went well for us and we came out with the win."


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