Texas Tech-TCU: What we learned

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LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech knocked off No. 24 TCU on Thursday with backup quarterback Davis Webb tossing the game-deciding touchdown and sparking a controversy or first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury to sort out this week.

1. Texas Tech could have a question mark at the quarterback position. Walk-on freshman Baker Mayfield, who was outstanding in his first two college games against SMU and Stephen F. Austin, struggled mightily after the first quarter. Mayfield went 21-for-40 with three interceptions and one touchdown pass before leaving with a right leg injury in the fourth quarter. Webb completed three of four passes for 77 yards and the game-winning touchdown. "We needed a quarterback to go in and make plays," Kingsbury said. "That's what he did. He kept himself ready and was there when we needed him."

2. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin can move the Horned Frogs with his arm or legs. Boykin finished with a career-high 101 rushing yards on 20 attempts and completed 23 of 36 passes for 194 yards. However, he struggled to get TCU to the end zone. He threw two interceptions and had no touchdown passes and didn't run for a score.

3. Texas Tech can win with defense. The Red Raiders were outgained by TCU, 401-336 in total yardage, and the Horned Frogs had more first downs, 23-16. Still, Texas Tech shut out TCU in the first half and gave up just one touchdown. Red Raiders safety J.J. Gaines and defensive lineman Jackson Richards each had interceptions to stop Horned Frogs drives. "It was a bizarre game," Kingsbury said, "but I thought our effort was incredible. It was the best defensive performance I've been a part of since I've been a coach."