CLOSETexas Tech beats TCU behind Jett Duffey's go-ahead TD

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jett Duffey scored on a 38-yard quarterback draw with seven mins left, conserving directly to the ball simply lengthy sufficient for the go-ahead rating in Texas Tech’s 17-14 victory over TCU on Thursday night time.

Duffey took off at the first play after a punt, and the landing stood after a replay assessment. The ball rolled ahead in the course of the finish zone after defender Trevon Moehrig-Woodard knocked it unfastened proper on the objective line.

“They caught us in a blitz,” TCU trainer Gary Patterson mentioned. “You’ve got to give coach (Kliff) Kingsbury a lot of credit.”

It used to be the 3rd time the Red Raiders (Four-2, 2-1 Big 12) received of their ultimate 4 journeys to Fort Worth. They wanted a couple of overtimes in each and every of the former two wins.

The ultimate power for TCU (Three-Three, 1-2) ended when Shawn Robinson desperately scrambled from one aspect of the sphere to the opposite on fourth-and-1 ahead of the ball gave the impression to slip out of his palms and used to be intercepted by means of Adrian Frye within the ultimate minute.

Duffey completed 13-of-24 passing for 190 yards, together with a 62-yard landing within the 3rd quarter to Ja’Deion High, who used to be extensive open on the 30 and ran the remainder of the way in which. Duffey additionally 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 mentioned. “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 used to be the 3rd quarterback to play for Texas Tech this season. McLane Carter suffered a top left ankle sprain within the first quarter after beginning the opener and used to be changed by means of true freshman Alan Bowman, who used to be the country’s main passer ahead of a crushing blow within the ultimate recreation that left him with a in part collapsed lung.

All 3 quarterbacks took section in pregame warmups. Carter wasn’t in complete uniform when the sport began and Carter performed handiest the outlet sequence of the second one part. With his ankle affecting his mobility, he used to be sacked on consecutive performs.

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Robinson used to be 26-of-45 passing for 290 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Frogs have been up 14-10 when KaVontae Turpin streaked previous a defender and into the top zone to make a 31-yard TD catch with 11 mins left. Turpin had six catches for 120 yards.

THE TAKEAWAY

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders have been held to 353 overall yards, neatly under their national-best reasonable of 591 yards a recreation. They had additionally scored 48 issues a recreation. But Duffey made sufficient performs, particularly the 2 large touchdowns.

TCU: The Horned Frogs had their eight-game house profitable streak snapped. They had 411 overall yards, however could not conquer errors. They had 3 turnovers, together with an interception finally zone, and had a overlooked box objective try.

UP NEXT

Texas Tech is house Oct. 20 in opposition to Kansas.

TCU performs its 3rd consecutive house recreation Oct. 20 in opposition to No. 11 Oklahoma.

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