BYU’s Ethan Slade Snags First Career Pick Against Texas Tech
Oct 21, 2023, 8:23 PM
The Cougars hosted the Red Raiders at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah on Saturday, October 21.
With 5:48 to go in the fourth quarter, Red Raiders quarterback Jake Strong floated a pass down the field and into the arms of Slade. The pick ended a three-play, 19-yard drive by Texas Tech.
. @EthanSlade9 had that one the whole way
— BYU FOOTBALL (@BYUfootball) October 22, 2023
At the time of Slade’s interception, BYU owned a 27-14 lead.
Following the turnover, Slade had five total tackles, four solo tackles, one pass breakup, and an interception.
The safety came into the game having recorded 33 total tackles, 19 solo tackles, and two pass breakups this season.
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) October 21, 2023
Texas Tech vs. BYU
Texas Tech arrived in Utah with a 3-4 record on the season, including 2-2 in Big 12 play. After opening the season with losses to Wyoming and No. 13 Oregon, Texas Tech beat the Tarleton State Texans. The Red Raiders then suffered a loss on the road against West Virginia. After falling to the Mountaineers, the Red Raiders responded with wins against Houston and Baylor. Texas Tech is coming off a loss to Kansas State.
After opening the season with three straight wins over Sam Houston, Southern Utah, and Arkansas, the Cougars were 1-2 in their last three contests before facing Texas Tech. BYU fell at Kansas, beat Cincinnati at home, and then got crushed at TCU.
The matchup with the Red Raiders was BYU’s second of three consecutive games against teams from the Lone Star State.
The game was also the second-ever contest between Texas Tech and BYU. It was the Red Raiders’ first trip to Provo. BYU and Texas Tech’s only previous matchup game was in Lubbock in 1940. The Red Raiders beat the Cougars, 21-20.
Kyle Ireland is a Sports Producer and Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com. He’s also co-host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on X/Twitter (@kyleireland), Instagram (@kyleirelandksl), and Threads (@kyleirelandksl).
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