The 2011 Texas Tech Red Raiders football team represented Texas Tech University in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Red Raiders were led for the year by head coach Tommy Tuberville. They are a member of the Big 12 Conference, the 2011 Red Raiders Season finished with a 5–7 overall record, 2–7 in Big 12 play. It was the first losing season for Texas Tech football since the 1992 season, as a result, the Red Raiders failed to qualify for a bowl game for the first time since 1999. The Red Raiders opened their 2011 season at home against the Texas State Bobcats, Texas Tech won the coin toss and elected to receive. Their first drive would end in a punt by Ryan Erxleben from their own 26 yard line, the first score of the game came by way of a 40 yard Texas State field goal by Will Johnson on their first drive. On the next drive the Red Raiders fumbled the ball on their own 41 yard, Texas State capitalized on this turnover with a rushing touchdown by Marcus Curry. The Bobcats Will Johnson kicked the point, to bring the score to 10–0. Donnie Carona successfully converted the point for a score of 10–7. On the kickoff following the touchdown, the Bobcats Shaun Rutherford was tripped up by his own defender, on the next play, Bobcats quarterback Shaun Rutherford was penalized for intentional grounding which resulted in safety giving the Red Raiders two more points and the ball back. Neither team would score during the remainder of the first half, the Red Raiders dominated the second half, shutting out the Bobcats. In the third quarter the Red Raiders scored three touchdowns, the first on a 20 yard pass from Seth Doege to Darrin Moore, following the first touchdown, Texas Tech unsuccessfully attempted a two–point conversion but held their first lead at 15–10. The second score of the quarter came on the Red Raiders next drive when Eric Stephens ran 46 yards for a touchdown. Donnie Carona added the point to bring the score to 22–10. On Texas States next possession, the Bobcats fumbled on their own 36 yard line, the Red Raiders capitalized on the fumble with an Eric Stephens 2 yard rushing touchdown four plays later. Donnie Carona converted the extra point and that drive was the last of the third quarter, and brought the score to 29–10. The fourth quarter scoring again consisted of three Red Raider touchdowns, the first was a 20 yard pass by Seth Doege to Tramain Swindall, during their first drive of the quarter. The second score came four drives later, when DeAndre Washington ran 23 yards for a touchdown, the final touchdown of the game came on the next Red Raider drive with 3 yard pass to Eric Ward from backup quarterback Jacob Karam
Quarterback Seth Doege drops back to pass during Texas Tech's season-opening win over Texas State.
Clouds and scoreboard during first lightning delay