7th Annual Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

Texas Tech 55, Air Force 41

7th annual buffalo wild wings bowl
December 27, 1995

Attendance: 41,004

Stadium: Arizona Stadium

Offensive Player of the Game: Zebby Lethridge, Texas Tech

Defensive Player of the Game: Mickey Dalton, Air Force

Head Coaches: Spike Dykes, Texas Tech - Fisher DeBerry, Air Force

Weather:  Clear, 58 degrees

Television:  ESPN

Payout Per Team:  $750,000

Quarterback Zebby Lethridge successfully directed a no-huddle offense and running back Byron Hanspard set bowl records with 260 yards rushing and four touchdowns to lead Texas Tech to a 55–41 win over Air Force in the 7th Annual Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

The Red Raiders practiced the no-huddle attack but never utilized it during the season until the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl to offset Air Force’s potent, ball-controlling wishbone offense.

The Red Raiders broke a 7–7 tie with 21 unanswered first-half points on two touchdown runs by Hanspard and a quarterback sneak from Lethridge.

Air Force mounted a spirited rally in the third quarter to erase most of its 31–13 halftime deficit to crawl to within three points at 31–28 in the first seven minutes of the third quarter on a seven-yard touchdown run by Jake Campbell and 60-yard scoring run by Danta Johnson.

But Hanspard notched his third touchdown with 5:06 left in the third quarter, and then ran 63 yards to set up another Tech score for propel the Red Raiders to a comfortable 45–28 lead.

After a short field goal, Air Force quarterback Beau Morgan scored on a one-yard run to cut the Red Raiders’ lead to 48–35, but Hanspard tacked on his fourth touchdown to seal the win.

Hanspard, a sophomore running back, posted 201 of his 260 rushing yards in the second half with touchdown runs of 2, 11, 2 and 29 yards.

Lethridge threw for 245 passing yards, including the game’s first touchdown on a 38-yard strike to Stacy Mitchell, and added 85 yards and two touchdowns on the ground to earn offensive player-of-the-game honors.

Air Force entered the game as the no. 3 rushing offense in the nation and finished in typical fashion — 431 yards on the ground. Johnson added a 71-yard touchdown run and finished with 148 rushing yards on only five carries. Morgan added 129 yards rushing and Nakia Addison ran for 72 yards and scores of two and seven yards.

Quarter Scores

Scoring
1
2
3
4
F
Air Force
21
10
7
17
41
Texas Tech
7
6
15
13
55

Yardstick

AF
TT
25
First Downs
27
67-431
Rushes-Yards
39-361
83
Passing Yards
245
7-13-0
Passes
22-41-1
42
Return Yards
12
3-39.3
Punts
3-43.3
3-1
Fumbles-Lost
1-0
8-60
Penalties-Yards
9-81

How They Scored

AF
TT
0
7
Stacy Mitchell 38 yard pass from Zebby Lethridge (Tony Rogers kick)
7
7
Nakia Addison 2 yard run (Dallas Thompson kick)
7
14
Byron Hanspard 2 yard run (Tony Rogers kick)
7
21
Byron Hanspard 11 yard run (Tony Rogers kick)
7
28
Zebby Lethridge 1 yard run (Tony Rogers kick)
13
28
Danta Johnson 71 yard run (kick failed)
13
31
Tony Rogers 24 yard field goal
21
31
Jake Campbell 7 yard run (Nakia Addison run)
28
31
Danta Johnson 60 yard run (Randall Roberts kick)
28
38
Byron Hanspard 2 yard run (Tony Rogers kick)
28
45
Zebby Lethridge 3 yard run (Tony Rogers kick)
28
48
Tony Rogers 31 yard field goal
35
48
Beau Morgan 1 yard run (Randall Roberts kick)
35
55
Byron Hanspard 29 yard run (Tony Rogers kick)
41
55
Nakia Addison 7 yard rush (kick failed)

Individual Statistics

Rushing
AF
Danta Johnson 5-148, Beau Morgan 22-129, Nakia Addison 17-72, Todd Ellers 4-29, Jake Campbell 6-20, Craig Tanner 4-17, Thomas Brown 4-13, Tobin Ruff 3-3, Brandon Wilkerson 1-2, Steve Carr 1-(-2).
TT
Byron Hanspard 24-260, Zebby Lethridge 10-85, Rod Hobbs 3-14, Matt Dubuc 1-1, Todd Walker 1-1.
Passing
AF
Beau Morgan 5-11-0-51, Thomas Brown 2-2-0-32.
TT
Zebby Lethridge 22-41-1-245.
Receiving
AF
Jake Campbell 4-43, DeVere Ranger 2-21, Craig Hancock 1-19.
TT
Tony Darden 7-47, Stacy Mitchell 4-53, Matt Dubuc 4-26, Field Scovell 2-39, Byron Hanspard 2-18, Bo Adams 2-16, Donnie Hart 1-46.