Potts throws 7 TDs as Texas Tech downs Rice 55-10Sep 15, 2009 - 9:38 PM By BETSY BLANEY Associated Press Writer
LUBBOCK, Texas(AP) -- Taylor Potts threw seven touchdowns to lead Texas Tech past Rice 55-10 Saturday.
He threw TD passes of 5, 7, 8, 11, 27, 34 and 30 yards as Texas Tech moved to 2-0 on the season. Potts completed 36 of 57 passes for 456 yards and threw to 13 different receivers.
It marked his second consecutive 400-plus yard performance. Last week, though, Potts threw three interceptions; he had none against the Owls.
Lyle Leong, Potts' teammate at Abilene High, caught three of Potts' scoring strikes. Adam Zouzalik, Edward Britton, Tramain Swindall and Eric Stephens each caught one TD pass from Potts. Swindall caught a 26-yarder from backup Steven Sheffield late in the game.
Rice (0-2) used three quarterbacks, Nick Fanuzzi, John Thomas Shepherd and Ryan Lewis, but none could sustain a potent enough attack to keep up with Texas Tech's offensive.
Potts' seven TD passes fell one short of a school record. B.J. Symons had eight touchdowns against Texas A&M in 2003.
Texas Tech's tempo seemed to have smoothed out since last week. Potts wasn't throwing off his back foot like he did last week.
He left the game midway through the fourth quarter.
Rice struggled early, gaining only 6 total yards in the first quarter with Fanuzzi at quarterback. John Thomas Shepherd came in on the Owls' third possession and led them to a 45-yard field goal to whittle their deficit to 14-3.
Fanuzzi was back after halftime, though. But after three first downs, the Owls turned the ball over on downs.
Shepherd came back in the third quarter but couldn't generate much. The Owls quarterbacks completed 25 of 41 for 197 yards. Tech's defense sacked them six times.
The Owls got their only touchdown when Shepherd found Taylor Dupree on a 3-yard score in the fourth quarter. It was each player's first career score.
Rice finished with 257 total yards, less than half of Tech's 560 total yards.
Tech had two receivers with more than 100 yards.
Swindall, in his first career start, shined early. He had four catches for 67 yards at halftime and finished with 123 yards on six catches. Leong caught nine passes for 117 yards.
But Detron Lewis, one of the Red Raiders' leading receivers, went out with a hurt right leg in the second quarter. Potts handed off to Baron Batch who pitched the ball back to Potts. He heaved the ball deep down the middle to Lewis who couldn't hang onto the ball and laid sprawled on the field after the play. He limped off the field and did not return.
The Red Raiders again fell short of their per-game rushing average from last season (118 yards). In last week's 38-13 win over North Dakota, Texas Tech got only 40 rushing yards. Against the Owls, the Red Raiders ran on just 14 plays for 52 yards.
- NCAAF FINAL
1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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RICE 0 3 0 7 10
TEXASTECH 14 0 21 20 55 FINAL
1ST QUARTER: TEXAS TECH - TD, EDWARD BRITTON 5 YD PASS FROM
TAYLOR POTTS (MATT WILLIAMS
KICK), 7:13. TEXASTECH 7-0
TEXAS TECH - TD, LYLE LEONG 7 YD PASS FROM
TAYLOR POTTS (MATT WILLIAMS
KICK), 13:42. TE
Sep 12 9:21 PM
TEXASTECH 55 0:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Sep 12 9:21 PM
TEXASTECH 55 4:33 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Rice 10, Texas Tech 55 4th - 4:33Sep 12 9:06 PM
TEXASTECH 48 9:10 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Rice 10, Texas Tech 48 4th - 9:10Sep 12 8:50 PM
TEXASTECH 41 11:02 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Rice 10, Texas Tech 41 4th - 11:02Sep 12 8:42 PM
TEXASTECH 41 14:51 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Rice 3, Texas Tech 41 4th - 14:51Sep 12 8:28 PM
TEXASTECH 35 0:00 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Sep 12 8:23 PM
TEXASTECH 35 2:34 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Rice 3, Texas Tech 35 3rd - 2:34Sep 12 8:16 PM
TEXASTECH 28 6:34 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Rice 3, Texas Tech 28 3rd - 6:34Sep 12 8:05 PM
TEXASTECH 21 8:51 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Rice 3, Texas Tech 21 3rd - 8:51Sep 12 7:56 PM
TEXASTECH 14 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Sep 12 7:25 PM
TEXASTECH 14 10:27 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Rice 3, Texas Tech 14 2nd - 10:27Sep 12 6:51 PM
TEXASTECH 14 0:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Sep 12 6:41 PM
TEXASTECH 14 1:18 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Rice 0, Texas Tech 14 1st - 1:18Sep 12 6:36 PM
TEXASTECH 7 7:47 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Rice 0, Texas Tech 7 1st - 7:47Sep 12 6:21 PM
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