Texas Tech defeats TCU
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jett Duffey scored on a 38-yard quarterback draw with seven minutes left, holding on to the ball just long enough for the go-ahead score in Texas Tech’s 17-14 victory over TCU on Thursday night.
Duffey took off on the first play after a punt, and the touchdown stood after a replay review. The ball rolled forward through the end zone after Trevon Moehrig-Woodard knocked it loose right at the goal line.
“They caught us in a blitz,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “You’ve got to give coach (Kliff) Kingsbury a lot of credit.”
It was the third time the Red Raiders (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) won in their last four trips to Fort Worth. They needed multiple overtimes in each of the two wins.
The final drive for TCU (3-3, 1-2) ended when Shawn Robinson desperately scrambled from one side of the field to the other on fourth-and-1 before the ball appeared to slip out of his hands and was intercepted by Adrian Frye in the final minute.
Duffey finished 13-of-24 passing for 190 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown in the third quarter to Ja’Dion High, who was wide open at the 30 and ran the rest of the way. Duffey also had 16 carries for 83 yards.
“I was really proud of Jett, that’s such a hard situation, first start ever and at halftime we’re going to try something else,” Kingsbury said. “Then have to put him back in, and find a way, dig deep, be mentally tough enough to handle that, make enough plays to win the game. I can’t say enough about his mental toughness.”
Duffey was the third quarterback to play for Texas Tech this season. McLane Carter suffered a high left ankle sprain in the first quarter after starting the opener and was replaced by true freshman Alan Bowman, who was the nation’s leading passer before a crushing blow in the last game that left him with a partially collapsed lung.
All three quarterbacks took part in pregame warmups. Carter wasn’t in full uniform when the game started and Carter played only the opening series of the second half. With his ankle affecting his mobility, he was sacked on consecutive plays.
Robinson was 26-of-45 passing for 290 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
The Frogs were up 14-10 when KaVontae Turpin streaked past a defender and into the end zone to make a 31-yard TD catch with 11 minutes left. Turpin had six catches for 120 yards.
Texas Tech: The Red Raiders were held to 353 total yards, well below their national-best average of 591 yards a game. They had also scored 48 points a game. But Duffey made enough plays, especially the two big touchdowns.
TCU: The Horned Frogs had their eight-game home winning streak snapped. They had 411 total yards, but couldn’t overcome mistakes. They had three turnovers, including an interception in the end zone, and had a missed field goal attempt.
Texas Tech is home Oct. 20 against Kansas.
TCU plays its third consecutive home game Oct. 20 against No. 11 Oklahoma.
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