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Saturday, September 19, 2009
Erxleben gets his first career punt

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Tech made an interesting personnel move when they pulled punter Donnie Carona after his line-drive punt set up Jordan Shipley's touchdown.

Tech inserted Ryan Erxleben to punt after their next possession sputtered.

Erxleben is familiar to Texas fans because his father, Russell, was a record-setting kicker and punter for the Longhorns from 1975-78. Erxleben's son played at nearby Lake Travis High School.

So much for first punt jitters. The younger Erxleben hammered a 41-yard punt on his first kick with no return. And his 33-yard second attempt led to a return of minus-3 yards by Shipley.