Texas Tech Wins at TCU

Via Texas Tech University

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 defender Trevon Moehrig-Woodard knocked it loose right at the goal line.

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 11: Goodyear blimp flies overhead during the game between TCU and Texas Tech on October 11, 2018 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, TX. (Photo by George Walker/DFWsportsonline)

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FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 11: Goodyear blimp flies overhead during the game between TCU and Texas Tech on October 11, 2018 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, TX. (Photo by George Walker/DFWsportsonline)

“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 previous 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’Deion 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.