TCU recovers fumble late, takes down Texas Tech 33-31
LUBBOCK, Texas – Jonathan Song's fourth field goal, a 20-yarder with 5:38 to play, gave TCU a 33-31 seesaw win over Texas Tech on Saturday in a battle of Big 12 teams fighting to earn bowl eligibility.
Max Duggan passed for 323 yards and accounted for all three touchdowns for TCU (5-5, 3-4 Big 12). He threw touchdown passes of 55 yards to Jalen Reagor and 4 yards to Artayvious Lynn. Duggan ran for a 20-yard touchdown on the game's first possession.
Song's final field goal was the third lead change of the fourth quarter. He also hit from 36, 28 and 25 yards.
Texas Tech's final possession after the field goal ended on one play. TCU's Vernon Scott forced a fumble by McLane Mannix, recovered by Trevon Moehrig at the Red Raiders' 29-yard line.
Trey Wolff's 24-yard field goal with 12:21 put Tech (4-6, 2-5) ahead 31-30.
Tech was unsuccessful on two two-point tries in the second half after Wolff missed a PAT in the second quarter.
Tech's Jett Duffey threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns: 70 and 32 yards to R.J. Turner, 33 yards to Erik Ezukanma and 26 yards to Dalton Rigdon.
Amid the Red Raiders rally, TCU cornerback Jeff Gladney was ejected for targeting on a tackle of Rigdon. On the following play, Duffey threw the 32-yard touchdown pass to Turner that pulled Tech, which trailed 24-3 early in the second quarter, within 27-22.
TCU: The Horned Frogs' defense, which went into play first in the Big 12, is 10 for 10 in holding opponents below their total offense average. Texas Tech went into the game averaging 478.6 yards and gained 402.
Texas Tech: With two conference games remaining, the Red Raiders are assured of their 10th straight losing Big 12 record.
TCU will visit Oklahoma next Saturday, seeking to end a five-game losing streak against the Sooners that includes the 2017 conference championship game.
Texas Tech will close its home schedule hosting Kansas State next Saturday.