September 06, 2010
Tommy Tuberville spent his first season in Lubbock making overtures to balance, but screw that: Texas Tech put the ball in the air 53 times in Sunday's 35-27 win over SMU, an eyelash above the Raiders' average for letting it fly under departed pass-o-phile Mike Leach the last two years.
When not scrapping with defensive defensive linemen, quarterback Taylor Potts gunned it for 357 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions, leaving backup Steven Sheffield nailed to the bench for the entire game and Raider fans breathing a sigh of relief that the Leach-ian spirit lives on in new offensive coordinator Neal Brown.
The locals seemed a little surprised, too, that the Raiders kept right on throwing with a two or three-score lead for virtually the entire second half, a far, far cry from Tuberville's old-school M.O. at Auburn. Tech not only didn't run on the outmanned Mustangs, but for the most part couldn't run, stuffed for 2.3 per carry, with only one over 10 yards. Three of Potts' four touchdowns came from within six yards. After his disastrous experiment with the spread proved to be his undoing at Auburn in 2008, Tuberville is obviously staying out of Brown's way.
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