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Mature Taylor Potts ready for Texas challenge

Texas Tech holds two advantages Saturday against No. 6 Texas: The game is at night on the frenzied High Plains, and senior quarterback Taylor Potts.

Tech lost in Austin last season, 34-24, but it was a seven-point game until Colt McCoy threw a short touchdown pass to give the then-No. 2 Horns some breathing room. Otherwise, Potts outplayed McCoy, completing 46-of-62 passes for 420 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. McCoy was 24-of-34 for 205 yards, the one TD and two picks.

This time around, Potts is a year older and he knows he's facing a still-evolving Texas defense that is getting used to life without NFL draft picks Sergio Kindle, Lamarr Houston and Earl Thomas. And this time around, Potts will duel with Texas first-year starter Garrett Gilbert, who's busy dealing with an adjusting Longhorns' offense that has shown growing pains.

Potts has also evolved as a quarterback, having won the starting job in fall camp and guiding the new-look Red Raiders (and if you saw those white helmets last week at New Mexico you know what I'm talking about) to a 2-0 start by averaging 43.5 points and 446.5 yards in wins over SMU and New Mexico.

"This season I am a little more mature as far as understanding the game and what's at stake every week," Potts said. "I have a lot of confidence in my team that we'll get it done and play really well."