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Tech Beats Northwestern In TicketCity Bowl

Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville talks with Will Ford during play against the Texas Longhorns at Jones AT&T Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Lubbock, Texas. (credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville talks with Will Ford during play against the Texas Longhorns at Jones AT&T Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Lubbock, Texas. (credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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DALLAS (AP) – Taylor Potts threw four touchdown passes and scored another on a trick play, and Eric Stephens ran 86 yards for a score to carry Texas Tech to a 45-38 victory over Northwestern in the inaugural TicketCity Bowl.

The Red Raiders (8-5) led by 22 points early in the second half, then had to sweat it out.

The Wildcats (7-6) got within a touchdown twice in the fourth quarter, with freshmen quarterbacks Evan Watkins and Kain Colter combining to lead three straight touchdown drives and Jordan Maybin returning an interception 39 yards for a score with 5:37 left.

The game wasn’t decided until the final play, a heave by Watkins that was intercepted.

Northwestern remains winless in a bowl since 1949. The Wildcats have lost eight in a row, including three straight close ones the last three seasons.