Adam Zuvanich

Potts picked again, Tech leads 21-6 at half

By: Adam Zuvanich | Blog: Zuvie's Views

After Brandon Hellevang's long field goal, Edward Britton returned the ensuing kickoff all the way to midfield and put Texas Tech in great position to add to its lead before the end of the half. But Taylor Potts threw his second interception to North Dakota's Joel Schwenzfeier, who stepped in front of a deep sideline pass intended for Adam James, and the Fighting Sioux were content to run out the clock and head to the locker room trailing 21-6. Potts was fairly sharp aside from the picks, completing 18 of 25 passes for 224 yards and a long touchdown to Detron Lewis in the opening half.

Adam Zuvanich

Hellevang's a heckuva kicker

By: Adam Zuvanich | Blog: Zuvie's Views

North Dakota kicker Brandon Hellevang, who booted a 39-yard field goal in the first quarter, just added a 52-yard field goal that narrowly cleared the crossbar in the north end zone. It cut Texas Tech's lead to 21-6 with 1:28 left in the first half, and capped an impressive 12-play drive by the Fighting Sioux that chewed more than seven minutes off the clock.

Adam Zuvanich

Tech strikes again

By: Adam Zuvanich | Blog: Zuvie's Views

Just when it looked like Texas Tech's offense would stall for the second straight drive, Taylor Potts redeemed himself. On third-and-8 from the North Dakota 49-yard line, Potts found Detron Lewis wide open on the right side of the field, and Lewis got two big blocks and ran into the end zone untouched. Matt Williams tacked on the extra point, giving the Red Raiders a 21-3 lead with 8:41 left in the first half.

Adam Zuvanich

Ruh roh, Raiders

By: Adam Zuvanich | Blog: Zuvie's Views

Just when it looked like Texas Tech was about to score for the third time in as many offensive drives, Taylor Potts made his first mistake as the starting quarterback. He was intercepted at the 9-yard line by North Dakota's Joel Schwenzfeier, who returned the pick all the way near midfield. Fortunately for the Red Raiders, the Fighting Sioux were forced to punt the ball back only four plays later. Tech still leads 14-3 with 11:39 remaining in the second quarter.

Adam Zuvanich

The Sioux fight back

By: Adam Zuvanich | Blog: Zuvie's Views

At least North Dakota won't get shut out today. If fact, the Fighting Sioux weren't even scoreless in the first quarter. Brandon Hellevang's 39-yard field goal cut North Dakota's deficit to 14-3 with six seconds left in the opening period, and it capped a 10-play, 69-yard drive aided by two personal-foul penalties against Texas Tech. The key play came on third-and-9 from Tech's 42-yard line, when North Dakota quarterback Jake Landry found Noah Dombrovski for a 13-yard completion.

Adam Zuvanich

What do you think Leach did on the first fourth down of the year?

By: Adam Zuvanich | Blog: Zuvie's Views

He went for it, of course. Taylor Potts plunged over the line and into the end zone for 1-yard touchdown run - and Texas Tech's first fourth-down conversion of the season - to give the Red Raiders a 14-0 lead with 6:06 left in the first quarter. It capped a 10-play, 54-yard drive that immediately followed a three-and-out by North Dakota's offense. A couple minutes later, the Fighting Sioux got their first two first downs of the game - both on personal fouls against the Tech defense. I guess the Raiders want this to become a game again.

Adam Zuvanich

Well, that was easy: Tech 7, North Dakota 0

By: Adam Zuvanich | Blog: Zuvie's Views

Taylor Potts and Texas Tech's offense wasted no time getting on a roll, marching down the field and taking a 7-0 lead on a seven-play, 64-yard drive that spanned 3 minutes, 18 seconds. Potts completed all four of his passes - to four different receivers - for 46 yards, and Batch capped the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run up the middle. So far, so good. Now we'll get our first look at the Red Raiders' defense.

Adam Zuvanich

How bad will Tech run up the score?

By: Adam Zuvanich | Blog: Zuvie's Views

I'm here in the press box at Jones Stadium, where the season-opening kickoff between Texas Tech and North Dakota is just a few minutes away. Red and black-clad fans are filing in as I type, and the skies above the stadium are mostly clear. And like any season starter, there's a touch of excitement and anticipation in the air. There shouldn't be much nervousness on the home sideline, though, because this game figures to be about as lopsided as they come.

Donald R. May

Mr. Conservative is Not Politically Correct

By: Donald R. May | Blog: Mr. Conservative

Many of you have asked for YouTube links to my previous speeches. You can link directly to a recent YouTube posting of my speech at the Conroe Texas TEA Party on 02 July 2009.  Part 1 and part 2 are now available. Enjoy!

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Adam Zuvanich

The games haven't been played, but here are the scores

By: Adam Zuvanich | Blog: Zuvie's Views

It's only a few short hours until the first Saturday of a new college football season, which means all is right with the world. Kids are throwing footballs around in the backyard, grills are hot and ready to go, and coolers across the country are filled to the brim. There's already been some excitement in the opening week. It took only one game for LeGarrette Blount to get himself suspended for the rest of the season, after the Oregon running back punched a Boise State player in the face following the Broncos' 19-8 win Thursday night. And Iowa State began the Paul Rhoads era with a 34-17 win over North Dakota State, meaning the Cyclones have the best record in the Big 12 Conference - at least for a week.

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