Saturday, September 18, 2010
Here's a tip: Throw it to your team
By David Ubben
LUBBOCK, Texas -- The interceptions are plentiful in the first quarter, and all three have come off of tipped balls.
Texas Tech's Scott Smith tipped the first to himself, but on the next play, Texas cornerback Aaron Williams tipped Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts' pass.
This time, Texas' Blake Gideon caught the floater, a pass similar to the one he dropped at the end of the 2008 classic.
But the first play to bring the Texas Tech crowd back in the game came courtesy of Smith and Jarvis Phillips. Smith tipped a third-and-25 pass to Jarvis Phillips, who hurdled a diving Gilbert on his 87-yard touchdown return to send the crowd into a frenzy and bring the Red Raiders to within 14-7.
Early on, it looked like Texas might run away with it.
Thanks to some timely turnovers, that doesn't look like the case anymore. With the first quarter over, the Red Raider crowd is back in it, and so is the team.