Potts injured, Sheffield leads Tech to win

What was thought to be a tune up game for the Red Raiders turned into a tough outing for starting quarterback Taylor Potts. After Potts threw 2 interceptions, was sacked 3 times, and then knocked out of the game on a hard hit, backup QB Steven Sheffield came in and stole the show. Sheffield led Tech on 4 straight scoring drives and led Tech to a 48-28 victory over New Mexico.

Texas Tech, coming off of 2 tough road losses to Texas and Houston, were coming back to Jones SBC stadium to play the struggling Lobos of New Mexico.

Tech came into the game as 36 point favorites, in a game that was supposed to be an easy win that would help the team regain their early season confidence.

38 seconds into the game, it appeared Tech would do just that.

The Red Raiders got off to a quick start as Taylor Potts hit Tramain Swindall for a huge 79 yard gain down to the New Mexico 1 yard line. Harrison Jeffers punched it in for a 1 yard touchdown run.

2 plays, 80 yards, and only 38 seconds off the clock.

And that was all the scoring Texas Tech would do until the final seconds of the first half.

In New Mexico's first drive of the second quarter, Donovan Porterie hit fullback Josh Fussell on a 7 yard touchdown pass to tie the score at 7-7.

Taylor Potts and the Texas Tech offensive line struggled throughout the first half, as Potts had to deal with constant pressure. Potts threw 2 interceptions and was sacked 3 times. On the third sack, Potts took a hard hit, got up slowly, and jogged gingerly over to the sideline.

Backup quarterback Steven Sheffield came in on the next drive, energizing the crowd and the Red Raider offense. Sheffield marched the Tech offense down the field, covering 86 yards in 56 seconds, hitting Alex Torres on a 25 yard touchdown strike as time expired in the half.

The Red Raiders took their 14-7 halftime lead into the locker room, not knowing what Potts' status in the second half would be.

Potts did not return back to the field after halftime, leaving Sheffield as the quarterback for the remainder of the game.

Sheffield did not disappoint, promptly marching Tech down the field for 3 straight touchdowns, putting the Red Raiders up 35-7 by the end of the third quarter.

There were a few touchdowns by both teams late, ending the game at 48-28.

Besides Sheffield, one of the stars of the night was redshirt freshman Harrison Jeffers. Jeffers had 119 total yards and four touchdowns. He showed off his speed and big play ability when he caught a swing pass and took it 62 yards for a touchdown late in the 3rd quarter.

The Red Raiders face off against the Kansas State Wildcats next week at Jones SBC Stadium.

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