Morris' punt return pumps life into sleepy Red Raiders

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

RENO, Nev. -- A huge punt return by Eric Morris pumped some life into a lethargic Texas Tech offense, boosting the Red Raiders to a 7-3 lead over Nevada after one quarter.

Morris, known by his teammates as "The Elf," cooked up a big play as tasty as anything the cookie makers of Keebler could have done.

Morris' big return helped after Tech was outplayed by Nevada through most of the first quarter. Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick completed 7 of 8 passes for 77 yards to help Nevada dominate offensively.

Nevada looked quicker as it outgained Tech, 101-49 in the first quarter. The Wolf Pack were victimized by three holding penalties that kept them bottled up in long yardage situations and kept them from scoring more than a field goal.

Tech QB Graham Harrell struggled operating the offense, which was bogged down on its first two possessions. The Red Raiders were stopped on downs on the first possession at their own 30 and Harrell was intercepted on the second drive.

Just a guess, but I'm betting that Tech defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill is getting tired of hearing the "Wolf yell" that punctuates each Nevada first down.