Redshirt Freshman Nabs NCAA TD Mark

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LUBBOCK -- Big offensive numbers aren't unusual at Texas Tech. Red Raiders quarterbacks have racked up nation-leading yardage for most of their pass-happy coach's years in West Texas.

But this season, it's a receiver who's garnering gaudy numbers
-- and a redshirt freshman, no less.

After just six games, Michael Crabtree already is in the NCAA
record book. He scored three touchdowns in a game for the fifth
time this season in a 42-17 victory against Iowa State on Saturday
night. He's also set the freshman record for touchdowns at 17 with
still half the season to play .

He got No. 15 and the Division One freshman record on his second
catch of Saturday's game when Graham Harrell hit him on a slant
across the middle. Crabtree ran the final 20 yards into the end
zone.

That grab broke the record of 14 TD catches by Florida's Jabar
Gaffney in 2000, Southern Cal's Mike Williams in 2002 and Hawaii's Davone Bess in 2005.

Crabtree is well on his way to the Division I record of 27
touchdowns shared by Mississippi Valley State's Jerry Rice in 1984
and Louisiana Tech's Troy Edwards in 1998.

The NCAA record is 35 TDs by Grand Valley State's David Kircus
in 2002. Grand Valley State was a Division Two school.