Texas Tech Beats Nebraska

Texas Tech slammed the brakes on any momentum Nebraska seemed to be building Saturday by beating the Huskers 31-10 at Memorial Stadium.

The Red Raiders streaked to a 21-0 first-half lead and Nebraska never recovered before a crowd of 86,107.

The Huskers not only struggled offensively but defensively in the first half. The defense improved but the offense did not as NU slipped to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12, surrendering any hopes it had of becoming the North Division favorite.

Junior quarterback Steven Sheffield ignited Texas Tech (5-2, 2-1) by leading a nine-play, 80-yard scoring drive to start the game. In his first career road start, Sheffield was 14 of 18 for 196 yards passing by halftime, when the Red Raiders led 24-3.

The offense  failed to generate any kind of momentum, gave up a touchdown and stopped itself often with a slew of penalties

Steven Sheffield passed for a touchdown and ran for another in his first road start, and Texas Tech jumped out fast to upset No. 15 Nebraska 31-10 Saturday.

Sheffield, who passed for 490 yards passing and seven touchdowns in his debut as the starter against Kansas State last week, was nearly perfect early, completing 14 of his first 16 passes against the Cornhuskers. Playing for the injured Taylor Potts, Sheffield went 9-for-16 in the second half and finished with 234 yards.

Texas Tech (5-2, 2-1) won for the first time in four road games since last October. Nebraska (4-2, 1-1) held the Raiders to 259 yards _ 263 under their average.