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  Keith Stokes piled up 240 all-purpose yards to fuel the Pirates attack, including a 70-yard TD punt return. AP

Search and destroy

ECU bombs Texas Tech in Bowl

Texas Tech never had a chance to let the friendly crowd at the inaugural Bowl get into the game. East Carolina jumped on the Red Raiders from the start and built an insurmountable 34-7 lead at halftime en route to a 40-27 victory in Houston. Keith Stokes led the way for the Pirates with 266 all-purpose yards and a punt-return touchdown.

Dec 28 East Carolina explodes early, beats Texas Tech
Dec 27 Game Recap: East Carolina at Texas Tech
Dec 22 Texas Tech retracts Turner 'suspension' report
Dec 21 Inside C-USA: Bearcats give season a kick
Dec 19 Inside the Big 12: Heupel's shot at redemption

East Carolina   Texas Tech
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Record: 7-4, 5-2 C-USA
Steve Logan (ninth season, 58-44)
Key players:
QB David Garrard (2,590 total yards, 24 TDs), WR Keith Stokes (1,425 all-purpose yards), LB Pernell Griffin (87 tackles)
Season summary:
The Pirates didn't necessarily improve on last season's 9-3 mak, but still had a good year. Garrard is an athletic, scrambling quarterback, similar to Virginia Tech's Michael Vick, though Vick and the Hokies got the edge when the teams squared off in September. The glue to the Pirates' success is a solid defense, led by Griffin. One disappointment was the running game. Jamie Wilson, an 865-yard rusher in 1999, gained only 305 as a fullback.
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Record: 7-5, 3-5 Big 12
Mike Leach (first season)
Key players:
QB Kliff Kingsbury (61.9 percent completions, 3,148 yards), DE Aaron Hunt (8 sacks), KR Wes Welker (1,065 all-purpose yards).
Season summary:
While most now associate Tech with the spread offense Leach brought with him from Oklahoma and Kentucky, its dominating defense is the reason the Raiders are bowl bound. After putting away four cupcake opponents early on, Kingsbury struggled through most of the Big 12 season, while the defense was limiting opponents to 19.8 points and forcing 29 turnoverss. The freshman Welker was a pleasant surprise on special teams.

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