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Saturday, October 15, 2011
Tech playing through Stephens' absence

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Texas Tech is missing the league's No. 2 rusher, Eric Stephens, after he dislocated his knee in last week's loss to Texas A&M.

The running game hasn't been outstanding, but his replacement, Aaron Crawford, broke through the line for a 51-yard touchdown run to put Texas Tech up 21-20 on Kansas State.

Stephens even took the time to chime in with an encouraging tweet after the run.

Crawford's got 76 yards and a score on 12 carries now.

Stephens has definitely been missed, but for now, the Red Raiders are getting by.

DeAndre Washington also added a 7-yard touchdown and has 17 yards on four carries.