Texas Tech outguns TCU in triple-overtime

Michael Eldridge, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

FORT WORTH, Texas -- It took three overtimes to separate Texas Tech and TCU on Saturday, but the third proved the difference when the Red Raiders scored a second-down touchdown to end the game.
"Somehow we found a way," Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We shouldn't have had to finish it the hard way but you have to learn you have to play till the last snap. Coach (Gary) Patterson and his football team played a heck of a game. They had us on our heels but we found a way to make some plays."
The Raiders' 56-53 victory came after Texas Tech had let a 10-point lead slip away in the final moments of the fourth quarter and were outgained overall 516 yards to 389.
TCU (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) rallied with under five minutes remaining in the game. Ladarius Brown caught a 60-yard pass on third down to pull the Horned Frogs to within three points. Failing to recover the onside kick, TCU prevented Texas Tech (6-1, 3-1) from gaining a first down and received the ball on its own 25-yard line.
The Frogs converted on two third-down plays and had back-to-back first downs before stalling. Jaden Oberkrom converted on a game-tying field goal to push the game into overtime.
"It was a heck of a ball game," TCU coach Patterson said. "You have to give Tech credit for finding a way to win. We have to find a way to make plays, it's as simple as that."
TCU chose to kick in the third overtime and Oberkrom made his sixth field goal of the game, breaking a Big 12 record. That proved to be the difference when Texas Tech converted for the game-winning touchdown.
"It was a great opportunity for us," Raiders quarterback Seth Doege said. "You got to keep swinging. You got to keep pulling the trigger."
Doege finished with 318 yards in the air on 30-of-42 passing. His seven touchdowns were a career high.
"The guys looked to me to make a play and it gave me the confidence to know when something isn't going my way that my teammates can make it," Doege said.
The Horned Frogs opened up the game with a six-play drive, carving through the Red Raider defense. The Frogs went 75 yards behind four plays of 10 yards or more, including a 28-yard run from B.J. Catalon. TCU scored on an 11-yard pass to Skye Dawson from Trevone Boykin to complete the drive in just 2:19.
After exchanging punts, Texas Tech took advantage of a tipped ball on a Horned Frog third down. D.J. Johnson intercepted the pass, giving the Raiders the ball inside the Frogs' 34-yard line. Doege completed three passes, including a 6-yard touchdown toss to Eric Ward in the middle of the end zone.
TCU answered by returning to its first-drive form of big running plays. The Frogs used plays of 27 and 37 yards to drive into the Raiders' half of the field. However, the Texas Tech defense stalled TCU and a 32-yard field goal from Oberkrom gave the Frogs a 10-7 lead to end the first quarter.
The lead was extended to 10 points after TCU forced Texas Tech into a three-and-out inside Tech's 10-yard line. Dawson returned the Texas Tech punt 22 yards and set the Frogs up inside the Raiders' 31-yard line. TCU returned to the ground game and used six runs and a pass to reach the 4-yard line. Matthew Tucker then ran up the middle for a touchdown.
Texas Tech went to the air on its next drive. Doege completed four consecutive passes and then found Darrin Moore for a 32-yard touchdown pass. The Raiders then recovered the ensuing onside kickoff attempt. Following the recovery, Texas Tech avoided a dropped interception attempt before Doege hit Eric Ward for a 29-yard touchdown.
"We need a momentum boost there in the third quarter," Tuberville said. "We were struggling to stop them on defense and needed to give our fans something to cheer about."
Boykin then led the Frogs into the Raiders' half of the field on five passes, including three consecutive first-down completions at one point. However, he missed three straight passes trying to find the end zone and Oberkrom hit the kick from 41 yards to bring TCU back to within one point at the half.
TCU regained the lead on an Oberkrom 32-yard field goal to begin the second half after stopping Texas Tech on its first possession. A Devonte Fields sack on third down forced the Raiders to punt from their own end zone and Oberkrom later added his fourth field goal of the game from 45 yards.
After holding TCU to its first punt of the second half, Texas Tech's Doege led the Raiders with eight completions on a drive that started on his own 20-yard line. The drive included two catches from wide receiver Alex Torres, one a diving catch that was reviewed and the other an 8-yard diving catch in the end zone. The Raiders then converted on a 2-point conversion to lead 29-26.
Texas Tech then extended the lead to 10 points on a 47-yard run by Kenny Williams before TCU came back to force overtime.
NOTES: Tech's Ryan Erxleben's 60-yard first-quarter punt was a career-high ... TCU's Brandon Carter left the game in the 2nd quarter with a knee injury after a 15-yard catch -- he returned to start the second half ... Matthew Tucker is now tied for fourth on TCU's all-time list with 29 career rushing touchdowns ... TCU WR Josh Boyce extended his streak to 27 consecutive games with at least one reception.

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