Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Texas Tech Puts on Offensive Show vs. Air Force 55-41

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Texas Tech Puts on Offensive Show vs. Air Force 55-41

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Byron Hanspard upstaged Air Force's wishbone with 260 yards and four touchdowns and Zebbie Lethridge threw for 245 yards Wednesday night, powering Texas Tech to a 55-41 victory in the Copper Bowl.

Air Force (8-5) made a game of it early in the third quarter, taking advantage of a series of mistakes by the Red Raiders to close a 31-13 halftime deficit to 31-28 in the first seven minutes of the period.

But Hanspard, a sophomore who led the Southwest Conference in rushing in its last year of existence, got his third TD with 5:06 left in the period, then ran 63 yards to set up another Tech score and a 45-28 lead.

Air Force, which was No. 3 in the NCAA in rushing offense and No. 105 in passing offense, wasn't able to play catch-up.

The teams shattered most of the offensive records in the 7-year-old bowl.

Hanspard, who carried 24 times, scored on runs of 2, 11, 2 and 29 yards. …

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