Texas Tech 35, Houston 20
Taylor Potts threw for 373 yards and four touchdowns to lead
Texas Tech over Houston 35-20 on Saturday night.
Potts threw completed 32 of 46 passes with an interception for
the Red Raiders (7-5).
Texas Tech kept the Cougars (5-7) from becoming bowl eligible
and avenged a 1-point defeat at Houston last season.
Houston moved the ball well between the 20-yard lines, but
couldn’t get it across the goal line enough.
The Cougars pulled within 28-20 on a 13-yard pass from David
Piland to Tyron Carrier early in the fourth quarter. But Texas Tech
came right back, as Potts threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Lyle
Leong to cap a 92-yard drive.
Piland, a true freshman, completed 32 of 61 passes for 441
yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Houston is now 8-6 against the Red Raiders in Lubbock. Last
year, Cougars quarterback Case Keenum scored on a 4-yard run with
49 seconds left to beat Texas Tech, 29-28.
The Cougars outgained the Red Raiders 585-488, but Texas Tech
made more of their yards.
Potts surpassed the 3,000-yard passing mark for the season in
the first quarter. Texas Tech, predominantly a passing team under
former coach Mike Leach, now has had a quarterback pass for 3,000
yards in 11 straight seasons.
In the third quarter, Potts faked to running back Baron Batch
and kept it for a 28-yard rush to put the Red Raiders at the
16-yard line. Two plays later, Potts found Batch on a screen pass,
and he battled through two tacklers before getting into the end
zone for an 8-yard touchdown to make it 28-13.
Potts found Lewis for two touchdowns in the first half. The pair
connected for a 6-yard score on the Red Raiders’ first possession
of the game. The second touchdown pass to Lewis – a 9-yarder – came
at the end of Texas Tech’s first drive of the second quarter to
give it a 21-10 lead.
The score came after Tech got great field position on the
Houston 47 after Houston punter Richie Leone’s failure to get a
first down on a fake punt on fourth-and-9.
After the teams traded interceptions on successive plays in the
first quarter, Houston drove to Piland’s 7-yard TD pass to Johnson
that put the Cougars up 10-7.
Running back Eric Stephens put Tech back in front 14-10 on a
26-yard score with 1:13 left in the first quarter.