LUBBOCK, Texas– The Texas Tech Red Raiders beat the No. 24 TCU Horned Frogs 20-10 Thursday night in the Big 12 Conference opener for both schools. The Red Raiders took advantage of some Horned Frogs mistakes while overcoming a few of their own to win their first Conference home opener in four years.
Texas Tech backup quarterback Davis Webb threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Bradley Marquez with 3:48 remaining to seal the victory for Texas Tech (3-0, 1-0). Webb entered the game for the Red Raiders starting quarterback, Baxter Mayfield, in the fourth quarter and completed 3 passes for 77 yards and the touchdown to Marquez. The 14 yard game winning pass came after Texas Tech wide receiver Deonte Washington dropped the ball at the half yard line on what would have been a 49 yard touchdown pass from Webb. Two plays after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the Red Raider offense further amplified Washington’s blunder Webb found Marquez for the game clincher.
TCU (1-2, 0-1) entered the game with their backup quarterback Trevone Boykin starting for the injured Casey Pachall and struggled on offense all night. Boykin provided the majority of the TCU offense going 23-36 for 194 yards passing and added a career high 101 yards rushing but threw two interceptions costing the Horned Frogs.
TCU further crippled themselves by committing 13 penalties for 115 yards and converting just 4 of 16 third downs. It appeared the Horned Frogs scored on a 69 yard punt return by Brandon Carter but he was ruled to have signaled for a fair catch wiping out the touchdown and for all intents and purposes the Horned Frogs chances of improving to 21-0 on the road since 2009. The loss dropped the Horned Frogs record to 4-2 on the road and they are now 8-6 in short week games under Head Coach Gary Patterson.
Texas Tech will look to move to 4-0 next week when they host the Bobcats of Texas State while TCU will take a week off before facing their regional rival SMU September 28th at Amon G. Carter Stadium.