Scores

Final

Rice 10

(0-2, 0-2 away)

Texas Tech 55

(2-0, 2-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 12, 2009

Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TX

1 2 3 4 T
RICE 0 3 0 710
TTU 14 0 21 2055

Top Performers

Passing: T. Potts (TTU) - 456 YDS, 7 TD

Rushing: T. Smith (RICE) - 16 CAR, 49 YDS

Receiving: L. Leong (TTU) - 9 REC, 117 YDS, 3 TD

Potts tosses 7 TDs, no interceptions in Red Raiders' win over Rice

Associated Press

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Taylor Potts threw seven touchdowns to lead Texas Tech past Rice 55-10 Saturday.

He threw TD passes of 5, 7, 8, 11, 27, 34 and 30 yards as Texas Tech moved to 2-0 on the season. Potts completed 36 of 57 passes for 456 yards and threw to 13 different receivers.

It marked his second consecutive 400-plus yard performance. Last week, though, Potts threw three interceptions; he had none against the Owls.

Lyle Leong, Potts' teammate at Abilene High, caught three of Potts' scoring strikes. Adam Zouzalik, Edward Britton, Tramain Swindall and Eric Stephens each caught one TD pass from Potts. Swindall caught a 26-yarder from backup Steven Sheffield late in the game.

Rice (0-2) used three quarterbacks, Nick Fanuzzi, John Thomas Shepherd and Ryan Lewis, but none could sustain a potent enough attack to keep up with Texas Tech's offensive.

Potts' seven TD passes fell one short of a school record. B.J. Symons had eight touchdowns against Texas A&M in 2003.

Texas Tech's tempo seemed to have smoothed out since last week. Potts wasn't throwing off his back foot like he did last week.

He left the game midway through the fourth quarter.

Rice struggled early, gaining only 6 total yards in the first quarter with Fanuzzi at quarterback. John Thomas Shepherd came in on the Owls' third possession and led them to a 45-yard field goal to whittle their deficit to 14-3.

Fanuzzi was back after halftime, though. But after three first downs, the Owls turned the ball over on downs.

Shepherd came back in the third quarter but couldn't generate much. The Owls quarterbacks completed 25 of 41 for 197 yards. Tech's defense sacked them six times.

The Owls got their only touchdown when Shepherd found Taylor Dupree on a 3-yard score in the fourth quarter. It was each player's first career score.

Rice finished with 257 total yards, less than half of Tech's 560 total yards.

Tech had two receivers with more than 100 yards.

Swindall, in his first career start, shined early. He had four catches for 67 yards at halftime and finished with 123 yards on six catches. Leong caught nine passes for 117 yards.

But Detron Lewis, one of the Red Raiders' leading receivers, went out with a hurt right leg in the second quarter. Potts handed off to Baron Batch who pitched the ball back to Potts. He heaved the ball deep down the middle to Lewis who couldn't hang onto the ball and laid sprawled on the field after the play. He limped off the field and did not return.

The Red Raiders again fell short of their per-game rushing average from last season (118 yards). In last week's 38-13 win over North Dakota, Texas Tech got only 40 rushing yards. Against the Owls, the Red Raiders ran on just 14 plays for 52 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
RICE
TTU
1st Downs2128
Total Yards257560
Passing197508
Rushing6052
Penalties3-1911-90
3rd Down Conversions6-158-14
4th Down Conversions0-32-3
Turnovers20
Possession32:5127:09

Passing Leaders

RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Shepherd14/191095.710
Texas TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Potts36/574568.070

Rushing Leaders

RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith16493.1011
Ross166.006
Texas TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jeffers5234.6016
Stephens3175.708

Receiving Leaders

RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Randolph55010.0018
Maginot34414.7027
Texas TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Swindall612320.5230
Leong911713.0327

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERRICETTU
TD07:47Edward Britton 5 Yd Pass From Taylor Potts (Matt Williams Kick) 07
TD01:18Lyle Leong 7 Yd Pass From Taylor Potts (Matt Williams Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERRICETTU
FG10:27Clark Fangmeier 45 Yd 314
THIRD QUARTERRICETTU
TD08:51Lyle Leong 8 Yd Pass From Taylor Potts (Matt Williams Kick) 321
TD06:34Austin Zouzalik 11 Yd Pass From Taylor Potts (Matt Williams Kick) 328
TD02:34Lyle Leong 27 Yd Pass From Taylor Potts (Matt Williams Kick) 335
FOURTH QUARTERRICETTU
TD14:51Eric Stephens 34 Yd Pass From Taylor Potts (Pat Failed) 341
TD11:02Taylor Dupree 3 Yd Pass From John Thomas Shepherd (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 1041
TD09:10Tramain Swindall 30 Yd Pass From Taylor Potts (Matt Williams Kick) 1048
TD04:33Tramain Swindall 26 Yd Pass From Steven Sheffield (Matt Williams Kick) 1055