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August 30, 2008LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Graham Harrell threw for 536 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for another score to lead No. 12 Texas Tech past Eastern Washington 49-24 on Saturday night.
The pass-happy offense of Texas Tech was in midseason form against an overmatched opponent. Harrell was 43-of-58 with an interception.
He connected with eight different receivers but it was a quiet night for Michael Crabtree, the nation's leading receiver in 2007.
The All-American finished with 73 yards on nine catches, one a 4-yard TD in the first quarter.
Eric Morris and Detron Lewis caught nine passes each for Tech. Morris got 164 yards and Lewis had 163 yards.
It was the third time in as many seasons that Harrell has thrown for more than 500 yards in a game.
But Tech scored more on the ground than in the air. Shannon Woods rushed for two, and Harrell, Aaron Crawford and Baron Batch each had one.
Matt Nichols, last season's MVP in the Big Sky Conference, threw one touchdown and completed 36 of 61 passes for 335 yards. He also threw three interceptions. Tony Davis caught 13 passes for 114 yards to lead the Eagles.
First-year coach Beau Baldwin lost his debut at Eastern of the Football Championship Subdivision. The Eagles defense pressured Harrell at times but only enough to slow Tech's usual scoring pace.
The Red Raiders came into the game with their highest preseason ranking in 31 years.