LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman was recognized as the Walter Camp National Player of the Week Sunday for his Big 12 freshman record 605 passing yards in the Red Raiders' victory over Houston.
Bowman, a native of Grapevine, Texas, becomes the sixth Red Raider to earn Walter Camp Player of the Week honors since 2004 and the first since Seth Doege claimed the accolade on Oct. 23, 2011.
In just his second career start, Bowman blistered the Houston defense, snapping Patrick Mahomes II's previous Big 12 and Tech freshman records in the process. Bowman finished six passing yards shy of the NCAA freshman passing record that was set in 1998 by Nevada's David Neill. It marked only the third time in FBS history where a freshman has thrown for at least 600 yards in a game.
Bowman's 605 yards through the air marked the most by a FBS quarterback so far this season. It was the 18th time in FBS history where a quarterback threw for 600 yards and the fifth time a Red Raider had done so, joining the likes of Mahomes, B.J. Symons, Graham Harrell and Cody Hodges among Tech quarterbacks with 600 passing yards in a game.
Through three games and two starts in his collegiate career, Bowman has completed 70.7 percent of his passes (94-of-133) for 1,160 yards and eight touchdowns with no interceptions. He currently ranks second nationally in passing yards per game (386.7) as well as completions per game (31.33) and third for total offense per game (392.7).
Bowman connected with the duo of Antoine Wesley and T.J. Vasher five times for touchdowns as the Red Raiders reached the 60-point mark for the second-straight week. Tech had not previously scored 60 or more points in consecutive weeks since early in the 2005 season.
Wesley snapped the Texas Tech single-game record for receiving yards as he hauled in 13 receptions for 261 yards, topping the previous mark by Joel Filani on his final touchdown grab of the game – a 33-yard strike from Bowman. He caught three touchdowns in the win, marking the first time he has found the end zone multiples times in a game during his career.
The Red Raiders enter this weekend's Big 12 opener at Oklahoma State as the nation's leader for both total yards (624.3 yards per game) and passing yards (448.7 yards per game). Tech also ranks third for scoring offense (55.7 points per game) and rushing touchdowns (13).
Kickoff between the Red Raiders and Oklahoma State is slated for 6 p.m. Saturday evening from Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. Coverage will be provided nationally on FOX Sports 1 and the Texas Tech Sports Network.