LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- B.J. Symons threw five interceptions, had
a season-low one touchdown pass and failed to throw for at least
400 yards for the first time in eight games, but Texas Tech still
managed to come back and beat Colorado 26-21 Saturday night.
Symons was 30-of-51 for 399 yards and tied a school record for
interceptions. He became the 22nd quarterback in NCAA Division I-A
history to throw for 4,000 yards, and the second in Big 12 history
after former teammate Kliff Kingsbury.
Tech (6-3, 3-2 Big 12) went ahead for good midway through the
third quarter when Symons threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Wes
Welker -- who also set the NCAA Division I record with his eighth
career punt return for a touchdown.
Welker, who had 211 all-purpose yards, gave Tech a spark late in
the first half when he returned a punt 58 yards for a TD to cut
Colorado's lead to 14-9.
Welker had been tied at seven with Nebraska's Johnny Rodgers,
Kansas State's David Allen and Jack Mitchell of Oklahoma. OU's
Antonio Perkins also has seven.
Symons threw interceptions on each of Tech's first four
possessions. Colorado safety J.J. Billingsley pulled in the first
two interceptions in the opening 3:14 of the game.
Billingsley's first interception came on Symons' first pass of
the game. On the Buffaloes first play after the interception, Joel
Klatt threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Derrick McCoy to put
Colorado up 7-0.
Later in the quarter, Tech drove to the Colorado 9, but Symons'
pass to Welker was intercepted by Medford Moored and returned 69
yards to the Tech 22. Six plays later, Colorado running back Daniel
Jolly scored on a fourth-and-1 play to give the Buffaloes a 14-0
Again Tech drove deep into Colorado, getting first downs on four
consecutive plays. Then Symons' pass was tipped at the line of
scrimmage and intercepted by Brandon Dabdoub.
Tech was shut out in the first quarter for only the second time
this season. North Carolina State held the Red Raiders scoreless in
the first half in the Wolfpack's 49-21 win.
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