Red Raider Nation Texas Tech's season didn't start out like fans would have liked it to; Minnesota handed Tech a 21-14 loss. The Red Raiders had no answer for the Gophers running back who ran for well over 100 yards. Steven Sheffield was 16-25 for 185 yards and one touchdown, but threw two costly interceptions. Running back Baron Batch ran for 101 yards while the defense was led by Brian Duncan who had 13 tackles. Ryan Halliburton also had two of Tech's four sacks on the night. After a scoreless first quarter, Minnesota posted 10 points while Texas Tech was unable to get on the board, missing a costly field goal midway through the quarter. The Red Raiders finally scored their first points of the season after fullback Chuck Webb ran in a one yard touchdown after a nice drive. After another Gopher field goal, Sheffield hooked up with A. Torres for a 17-yard touchdown. However, the defense could not keep Minnesota in check and gave up another touchdown and two-point conversion late in the fourth to put the Gophers up 21-14. Texas Tech had one more chance to tie the game, but Sheffield's interception ended any thought of a comeback bid.