Symons says he'll be ready for Oklahoma State

Updated: October 16, 2003, 11:05 AM ET

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech quarterback B.J. Symons, the nation's leading passer, vowed he'll be 100 percent for Saturday's game at Oklahoma State despite twisting his knee last week after celebrating a touchdown pass,

Symons said he "landed a little funny" after jumping to give a high five to Wes Welker after a TD pass in Tech's 52-21 win over Iowa State. But he returned to the game on the next series after trainers placed a brace on it.

"B.J.'s going to play. B.J. feels great," Symons said this week. "I don't expect it to be any problem."

Symons, who has passed for 2,954 yards and 27 touchdowns, sat out Sunday's practice. His leg appeared to be bothering him on the team's off day Monday; he walked gingerly at the weekly news conference. But he returned to practice Tuesday.

"I had a little bit of soreness (Sunday) when I woke up but that's natural," he said.

The Red Raiders (5-1, 2-0 Big 12) are averaging 47 points a game, and they'll need Symons against Oklahoma State (5-1, 1-1), which is scoring 41 points per game. Symons has passed for more than 400 yards in five games, and he has gone over 500 yards three times.

"Of course he's going to play," coach Mike Leach said. "We're having a game; B.J. plays in games."

Symons said there was no discussion with Leach about whether he'd return to last week's game after the injury.

"It wasn't a question," Symons said. "The brace was more of a precautionary thing. They just wanted to be safe and threw that on me. I could have gone out there without it, I felt like."

No one would say whether Symons would wear a brace Saturday.

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