Offense struggles as Texas Tech falls 27-3

Offense struggles as Texas Tech falls 27-3

LUBBOCK, Texas – The Red Raider offense couldn’t find their rhythm Saturday afternoon as TCU rolled to a 27-3 victory.  

A pick-six thrown by Nic Shimonek with under five minutes left to play deep in Horned Frog territory ended up being the final nail in the coffin for Texas Tech.  The interception return of 93 yards by Jeff Gladney was intended for Dylan Cantrell, but thrown too far behind him. 

The Red Raiders couldn’t capitalize on a prime opportunity late in the third quarter after Vaughnte Dorsey recovered a fumble at the TCU six-yard line.  Justin Stockton was able to get the ball to the Horned Frog two-yard line on third down to set up a field goal attempt.  Clayton Hatfield missed the 20-yarder wide left, and TCU drove right down the field on the ensuing drive to build their lead to 14.  Another opportunity Texas Tech let slip away was early in the fourth as a Shimonek fumble deep in Horned Frog territory ended another scoring opportunity.  

The Red Raiders got on the board first to start the game as they marched down the field on a 21-play drive, but could only come away with a field goal for their lone points of the game.  After one, Texas Tech led 3-0, but TCU responded on the other side of the break with a two-yard run by KaVontae Turpin.  A couple made field goals by Cole Bunce, and a 12-yard touchdown pass from Shawn Robinson to Jalen Reagor rounded out the scoring for the Horned Frogs.  

Nic Shimonek finished with 137 yards through the air on 17-of-33 passing and one interception.  Justin Stockton carried the ball 21 times for 125 yards to lead the ground attack.  Dylan Cantrell caught seven passes for 55 yards.  Overall the Red Raiders posted 327 yards of offense outgaining the Horned Frogs.  The team also missed two field goals and have now missed 10 tries on the season.  

The Red Raiders return to action Friday for their final regular season game on the road in Austin to take on the Longhorns.  Kickoff set for 7 p.m.

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