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Saturday, September 6, 2008
Tech hanging on after three quarters

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

RENO, Nev. -- Both coaches seem to be trying to outsmart themselves with understandable results as Texas Tech has extended its lead to 21-12 after three quarters.

Graham Harrell is struggling through one of the worst games of his career, completing 14 of 34 passes for 181 yards. He has repeatedly missed open receivers as the Tech offense has sputtered and produced only 230 yards.

Nevada has also done a good job of bottling up Tech's running game, limiting them to 49 yards after three quarters.

Tech is lucky to maintain the lead after a controversial call when Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick was ruled to have fumbled just before the end zone after appearing to score on a 3-yard run. Tech safety Daniel Charbonnet recovered in the Tech end zone.

For the second time in the game, Tech coach Mike Leach went for a fourth-and-short inside his own 30. After Aaron Crawford was stopped short, it set up Brett Jaekle's fourth field goal to trim the lead to 14-12.

Tech snatched momentum away on the next play when it recovered an onside kick, setting up Eric Morris' second TD of the game, a 13-yard run from the Red Raiders' "Emo" formation.