Texas Tech Downs Houston, 35-20

Taylor Potts threw for 373 yards and four touchdowns to help the Red Raiders get past the Cougars.

Taylor Potts threw for 373 yards and four touchdowns to help the Red Raiders get past the Cougars.
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Nov. 28, 2010

Red Raider Recap
Houston (5-7; 4-4 C-USA) 20
Texas Tech (7-5; 3-5 Big 12) 35

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Stats Comparison
First Downs2922
Rushing Att.-Yds36-14432-115
Passing Yds441373
Passing (C-A-I)32-61-332-46-1
Total Offense585488
3rd-Down Conversions1-of-159-of-17
4th-Down Conversions5-of-80-of-1
Time of Possession33:1726:43
Stat Leaders
Batch - 61Rushing84 - Hayes
Potts - 373Passing441 - Piland
Lewis - 135Receiving177 - Edwards

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -Taylor Potts threw for 373 yards and four touchdowns to lead Texas Tech over Houston 35-20 on Saturday night.

Potts 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.




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