Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
New Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts had some first-game struggles in his opening game as the Red Raiders’ starter.
Potts passed for 405 yards and two touchdowns, but he was intercepted three times -- most ever thrown by a first-game Texas Tech quarterback under coach Mike Leach -- in the Red Raiders’ 38-13 victory over North Dakota.
Potts struggled with trying to get a handle on leading the team in his first game, Leach said.
“I think the first games early in the season, there’s anxiousness that you certainly have to work through,” Leach told reporters earlier this week. “And I’m sure that’s part of it.”
But he’s not concerned about extended problems as Potts prepares for his game against Rice on Saturday.
“There’s always a certain amount of work to be done,” Leach said. “Graham [Harrell] played a very poor game last year versus Nevada, which was the worst game of his career. He learned a lot from it and went on to throw for another 5,000 yards.”
Here’s a statistical look at all six of Leach’s starting quarterbacks and their statistics in their first game as starters at Texas Tech. Potts’ numbers compare favorably with most of them.