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Saturday, September 26, 2009
Red Raiders come rushing back

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin


In the middle of the second quarter, Texas Tech appeared flummoxed by Houston's small, quick defense.

But the Red Raiders turned the game around since that point, taking advantage of a little-used facet of their offense.

Tech rushed for 102 yards on their final two drives of the half, capping both with touchdown runs to claim a 21-13 halftime lead over No. 17 Houston.

The running game suits Taylor Potts, who is finding things a little bit easier since the change. Potts has hit all five passes for 42 yards as the Red Raiders' potent offensive appears to have been rousted after sleepwalking through the first quarter.

The attitude change appears to have taken the steam out of the record crowd at Robertson Stadium. Those fans have been surprised that the Cougars have been whipped in the trenches by Tech's massive offensive line.

In the second half, I'm looking for Baron Batch and Harrison Jeffers to continue to be used in the manner late in the first half. Unless Houston defensive coordinator John Skladany can find an antidote to this power game, I like the Red Raiders chance to continue their late domination.