Although Texas Tech has a new coaching staff, Montana State head coach Jeff Choate said he expected the Red Raiders to look similar offensively as they have for the last 20 years.
Except Choate predicted that Texas Tech offensive coordinator David Yost would push the pace at an even faster rate.
On Saturday in Lubbock, Texas, Montana State looked helpless trying to keep up with the pace of the Red Raider offense. Alan Bowman was surgical on Texas Tech’s first two drives and nearly perfect all afternoon.
The sophomore quarterback led the hosts on a pair of scoring drives in the first quarter that included 12 first-down conversions and gave Texas Tech a 14-0 lead after one frame. Armand Shyne ripped off a 69-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter, Bowman ripped a 45-yard touchdown to Xavier White early in the fourth quarter and the Red Raiders were off to the races.
Bowman completed 40-55 passes for 436 yards and two touchdowns to boost Texas Tech to a 45-10 victory in front of 79,409 people in Lubbock on Saturday afternoon. The Red Raiders rolled up 35 first downs, 691 yards of total offense, averaged 6.3 yards per rush and an eye-popping 7.33 yards per play.
Montana State’s offense largely struggled with a TT defense that looked bigger, faster and stronger all afternoon. In the first start of his career, redshirt freshman quarterback Casey Bauman tossed a 31-yard touchdown to Coy Steel in the second quarter but that was about all the offense MSU would muster.
Bauman finished 7-of-19 for 120 yards. The Bobcats managed just eight first downs and completed just 12 total passes. Sophomore Tucker Rovig completed two passes for four yards, Troy Andersen completed both of his passes for seven yards and wide receiver Kevin Kassis completed a 31-yard pass.
The Bobcats netted a $625,000 pay day in the season-opening loss.