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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Taylor Potts threw for three touchdowns and ran for another -- all in the first half -- to lead Texas Tech over Weber State 64-21 on Saturday.
The win made the Red Raiders (6-5, 3-5 Big 12) bowl eligible for an 18th straight year; they've gotten berths the past 10 years.
"This was a good confidence builder," Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We needed it. I mean, every game for us this year has been down to the wire. So our guys, you know, they needed to play a game like this. We executed, went out, made plays, ran the ball... We looked like a good football team."
Texas Tech tallied 669 total yards and 34 first downs. The passing game made up more than half the total; 230 yards on 40 carries.
We executed, went out, made plays, ran the ball... We looked like a good football team.
Potts, coming off his worst game in 19 career starts, hit Baron Batch for a 4-yard touchdown and Lyle Leong for a 7-yarder in the first quarter. Detron Lewis caught a 6-yard TD in the second quarter to put Texas Tech up 37-0. Potts finished 21 of 24 for 272 yards.
The senior quarterback threw for only 136 yards and had two interceptions in a 45-7 loss at Oklahoma last week. He had no picks Saturday.
"It's what we've been looking for all year," Potts said of Saturday's offensive effort. "Today was kind of a day everything seemed to work well. It felt like at times we had 11 guys playing at the exact same time, when in the past it felt like we were missing a couple of guys on certain plays that could help."
Red Raiders backup quarterback Stephen Sheffield, also a senior, came in just before halftime and threw a 15-yard TD to Aron Crawford to put Texas Tech up 44-0 at halftime. He finished 8 of 12 for 109 yards. Two other quarterbacks, Seth Doege and Jacob Karem, also played. Combined they were 3 of 5 for 58 yards.
Batch and Ben McRoy together scored three rushing TDs.
Batch ran it in from 6 yards in the second quarter and McRoy got touchdowns on a 1-yard run and a 39-yard scamper, both in the fourth quarter. Batch finished with 71 yards on 11 carries. McRoy got 81 yards on eight tries.
"McRoy is going to be a force for us as we go along," Tuberville said. "He gives us that extra step, a guy who can hit the corner."
Offensively, they did just about everything they wanted to us.
Weber State (6-5, 5-3 Big Sky) scored in the third quarter when Cameron Higgins hit Brian Jankowski for a 6-yard touchdown to make it 47-7. In the fourth quarter, running back Vaingamalie Tafuna scored on a 3-yard run and backup quarterback Mike Hoke hit Bo Bolen for a 30-yarder to make it 64-21.
"We just didn't play well, plain and simple," Weber State coach Ron McBride said. "Offensively, they did just about everything they wanted to us."
The Wildcats lost their starting tackle Tytan Timoteo late in the first quarter when he was ejected from the game after getting a personal foul for throwing a punch. It was not clear who he hit.
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