Baucum's Bits — Iowa State

Disappointment runs deep in Lubbock following the Red Raiders' first loss to a Big 12 North foe since 2007. However, there were some bright spots and there is certainly reason for optimism going forward. Here is staff writer John Baucum's fourth edition of Baucum's Bits.

Good: Taylor Potts' composure after a rocky start.

Trailing 24-0 on the road against any team is tough. However, Taylor Potts never got too down on himself or his teammates. With only 2:59 left to play in the first half, Potts rallied the offense and led an 8 play 75 yard scoring drive to give Tech some life.  Then, a great play by Tech's special teams unit gave the Red Raiders the ball back with just 26 seconds left in the half. Potts rifled a pass to Lyle Leong to make the score 24-14 heading into the half. Potts play at the end of the half was excellent. Offensive coordinator Neal Brown called Potts' performance "the best since he's been here."

Good: Tech's offensive line.

The offensive line gave up zero sacks and generally protected Potts well, allowing him time to see receivers down the field and also spot Tech's fleet-footed RBs creeping out of the backfield.

Not so good: Another rough start.

As mentioned above, 24-0 is quite a hole from which to escape. If the Red Raiders wish to turn around the 2010 season, the team must start faster. That will be a focal point for Tuberville and his staff going forward.  Speaking on starting the game faster, Tuberville said: We're working on that, and a lot of it may have to do with play calling or do we play offense first — just little things that maybe can instill a little bit more incentive to get things going and clicking a little earlier in the game.

Not so good: Costly turnovers by Detron Lewis and Austin Zouzalik

Two of the teams' more sure-handed players put Tech in a bind. Detron's fumble came Tech had forced an incompletion from Iowa State on 4th down. Detron made a great catch and was eluding defenders on his way down the field. Either he knocked the ball out with his knee, or it just fell out of his hand, because no contact was made. Zouzalik's miscue was equally damaging. Tech had forced an Iowa State punt Zouzalik fielded the ball, attempted to make a move, and was separated from the ball. Iowa State took over on the Tech 18 and would push the lead to 17-0 two plays later.

What happens now: Sense Of Urgency?

Sitting at 0-2 in conference play, it is definitely must-win time for Texas Tech. Facing a Baylor team coming off its most lopsided conference win ever, Tech will have its hands full. Robert Griffin has amassed 1351 yards, 11 TDs and is completing 62 percent of his passes. And with the graduation of Tim Tebow, Griffin is likely the most dangerous running QB in all of college football. He has 221 yards on the ground and four scores this year.  If Griffin and Baylor continue to play well, a fast start is most definitely needed by the Red Raiders on Saturday morning.


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