Saturday, September 18, 2010
Texas all over the Red Raiders early
By David Ubben
LUBBOCK, Texas -- It took Texas until its second drive for the offense to get rolling, but it only needed one sustained drive to take a 14-0 lead over Texas Tech midway through the first quarter.
The Longhorns running game was shut down on the first drive after Texas Tech stopped 251-pound Cody Johnson on a third-and-2 to elicit the loudest cheer of the night.
But Texas Tech is still the underdog, and a snap over the head of Taylor Potts on the Raiders' first play was a terrible start. Texas freshman defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat scooped up the fumble.
Texas Tech has been unable to stop Texas' new-look running game ever since. Fozzy Whittaker scored from 7 yards on the first play, and Texas has 33 yards on six carries, a 5.5 yard average.
If that continues, Texas Tech may get blown out at home. Garrett Gilbert has been fantastic, also. Mike Davis dropped his first pass, but he's completed his next five, including two big throws to Malcolm Williams over the middle and a deep pass down the left side to James Kirkendoll.