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The Graduate

By: scottslemmons | Blog: Hero Sandwich

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Big Zombie on Campus

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Adam Zuvanich

Tech gets a win, but with a price

By: Adam Zuvanich | Blog: Zuvie's Views

With four crisp passes by Steven Sheffield late in the first half Saturday, Texas Tech snapped out of its two-week funk. The Red Raiders had lost two in a row and were locked in a tie game with winless New Mexico, but the backup quarterback led four straight scoring  drives to ignite what became a 48-28 blowout at Jones Stadium. Sheffield wasn't perfect in relief - throwing three touchdown passes but turning it over twice - but he proved he's capable of succeeding as a Division I quarterback.

Adam Zuvanich

Sheffield is human after all

By: Adam Zuvanich | Blog: Zuvie's Views

After entering the game for the last drive of the first half, quarterback Steven Sheffield led Texas Tech to touchdowns on four straight possessions. But he looked very much like a backup on the last two. Sheffield fumbled the ball away while being sacked on the first play of the fourth quarter, and on the Red Raiders' next possession, he threw an interception to Frankie Solomon - who returned it 29 yards for a touchdown that made it 35-14. Sheffield's still having a good game, though. He's completed 13 of 18 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns.

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Adam Zuvanich

Injuries continue to mount for Tech

By: Adam Zuvanich | Blog: Zuvie's Views

As it turns out, Nathan Stone might not have been OK after all.

Adam Zuvanich

Tech extends lead early in third quarter

By: Adam Zuvanich | Blog: Zuvie's Views

Texas Tech fans can breathe a little easier now. The Red Raiders just went up 21-7 about five minutes into the third quarter. New Mexico turned it over its own 34-yard line on the opening possession of the half, when Brandon Sharpe stripped quarterback Donovan Porterie at the end of a 9-yard scramble and LaRon Moore recovered for Tech. Steven Sheffield then led a seven-play scoring drive, which was capped with a 5-yard run up the gut by Baron Batch. The crowd then fell silent for a few minutes when Nathan Stone went down on the ensuing kickoff.

Adam Zuvanich

Sheffield still in to start second half

By: Adam Zuvanich | Blog: Zuvie's Views

Steven Sheffield is once again playing quarterback for Texas Tech to start the third quarter, which means one of two things: Either Taylor Potts is injured, or Mike Leach has benched him after a lackluster first half in which he was 13-of-23 passing for 215 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. I think it's the latter, but the second scenario isn't out of the realm of possibility, especially after Sheffield looked sharp while leading Tech to a go-ahead score on the last possession of the first half.

Adam Zuvanich

New QB sparks Tech to halftime lead, but it's not all good

By: Adam Zuvanich | Blog: Zuvie's Views

Steven Sheffield replaced Taylor Potts - who appears to be injured - on Texas Tech's last possession of the first half. And the 6-4, 190-pound junior, who has played in only one other game this year, immediately provided a spark. Sheffield completed 4 of 5 passes for 86 yards on a five-play drive that took less than a minute, and his 25-yard strike to Alex Torres gave the Red Raiders a 14-7 lead as time expired in the second quarter. But Tech has to be concerned about Potts, and for that matter its depleted offensive line.

Adam Zuvanich

Wall turns tide, injuries mounting

By: Adam Zuvanich | Blog: Zuvie's Views

Just when it looked like New Mexico was about to take the lead, Jamar Wall swung the momentum back toward Texas Tech. The senior cornerback stripped New Mexico's A.J. Butler at the 7-yard line, igniting the home crowd and the Tech sideline. The mood was more subdued only three plays later, though, because another Red Raider starter was injured.

Adam Zuvanich

Lobos tie it, Tech defense down a man

By: Adam Zuvanich | Blog: Zuvie's Views

We've got ourselves a ballgame, folks. Following Taylor Potts' second interception of the day, New Mexico drove 56 yards, took advantage of a pass-interference call against Julius Howard and tied the game on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Donovan Porterie to Justin Fussell with 12:05 left in the first half. What's worse for Texas Tech is that Cody Davis went down during a fourth-down run by New Mexico's A.J. Butler - who already has 69 rushing yards.