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Texas Tech Holds on to Beat Central Arkansas in Season Opener [PHOTOS]

After a slow start in the first quarter, the Texas Tech offense did just enough Saturday night to beat the Central Arkansas Bears 42-35 at Jones AT&T Stadium.

The Red Raiders also had to overcome sloppy, undisciplined play in the win, as they were tagged for 15 penalties for 114 yards.

The teams exchanged punts to start the game and on the game’s third possession, the Bears opened up the scoring with a 28 yard field goal at the 7:41 mark of the first quarter. Central Arkansas then took advantage of two Davis Webb interceptions to extend their lead to 16-7 with 11:43 left in the first half.

The rest of the second quarter belonged to the Red Raiders, with Webb throwing his first touchdown pass of the season, 6 yards to Jordan Davis.  Justin Stockton closed out the scoring in the first half with a 6 yard rushing touchdown to extend the Red Raider lead to 21-16.

In the second half, Bradley Marquez asserted himself as the “go-to” receiver for Webb.  Marquez finished the game with 11 receptions for 184 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Both touchdowns came in the fourth quarter as the Red Raiders were trying to close out the win.

Next Saturday, Texas Tech is on the road at UTEP.  Countdown to Kickoff with Steve Dale starts at 7p on SportsRadio 1340 The Fan.

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