In his final game at Texas Tech, Graham Harrell broke an NCAA record finishing his tenure with astounding 134 career touchdown passes, three more than the previous record holder and current Washington Redskins backup QB, Colt Brennan. Harrell's final game is a bittersweet one as the Red Raiders lost to Ole Miss in the Cotton Bowl but this game will certainly not be a testament to his career.
It's been an illustrious year for Harrell who led the Red Raiders to their third 11 win season in school history. Harrell's perennial Heisman-worthy stats under Head Coach Mike Leach's high flying shotgun spread offense will surely lead Harrell from one of the premier college quarterbacks of this era into a lucrative career as a backup quarterback in the NFL. After the game Harrell had this to say: "I love Texas Tech but I have to move on to the next stage of my football career. I look forward to holding Jim Sorgi's clipboard or maybe Kevin Kolb's." Red Raider's coach Mike Leach agreed with Harrell and said "I see [Harrell] having about as bright of a future as Jesse Palmer". Harrell's number one target and extremely versatile wide receiver, Michael Crabtree echoed the same sentiment while also acknowledging his own future in the NFL. Crabtree stated, "I can't wait to face off against Graham in the NFL. Of course he'll be on the sidelines and I'll have JaMarcus Russell over throwing the ball to me on every play, but it'll be special. Real special."
After hearing of both Harrell and Crabtree's excitement, current Detroit Lions wide receiver, Calvin Johnson, said "Man, go to Law school, become an accountant, do anything, this job sucks".