After an off-season of stewing over their first losing season since 1992, the Texas Tech Red Raiders came out on Saturday night defeated the Northwestern State Demons 44-6 in Lubbock.

Running Back Eric Stephens scored two touchdowns in his return after a knee injury sidelined him for the last seven games last season. Kenny Williams got the start for the Red Raiders at running back and finished the game with 15 carries for 74 yards.

The passing game for Texas Tech took some time to take flight in the first quarter as quarterback Seth Doege threw an interception on the third offensive play for Tech. The ball was returned into Red Raider territory, but what became a theme throughout the game was the stout Texas Tech defense.

Doege finished 23 of 34 passing for 199 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception while back up Michael Brewer came into the game in relief of Doege going 10-13 for 122 yards and two passing scores to Marcus Kennard in the fourth quarter.

Defensively, the Red Raiders demonstrated that they can stop opponents as they kept Northwestern State out of the end zone the whole game and forced three field goal attempts the entire game, one of which was missed after the Doege pick in the first quarter.

The Demons were held to 84 total yards of offense by the Red Raiders, a year after the defensive unit was dead last in the conference and the country last season.

Linebacker Terrence Bullitt left the game with a strained shoulder and his status is unknown for the Texas State game next week. Wide Receiver Darrin Moore was suspended for the game relating to off the field issues.

Texas Tech’s next opponent, the Texas State Bobcats, defeated the Houston Cougars in Houston 30-13. The game next week is on ESPN3 at 6pm.