TCU comeback for naught as Tech wins in three overtimes

TCU coach Gary Patterson has repeatedly said his goal defensively in the Big 12 was to hold opponents to field goals.

On Saturday, however, it was Texas Tech heeding that advice.

Red Raiders quarterback Seth Doege threw a career-high seven touchdown passes, including an 8-yard pass over the middle to Alex Torres in triple overtime to give the Red Raiders a wild 56-53 victory at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

It was Doege's third touchdown pass in overtime, and came after TCU's offense had to settle for a field goal on its previous possession.

No. 23 TCU (5-2, 2-2 in the Big 12) is still looking for its first conference win at home. The second-largest crowd in stadium history -- 47,894 -- watched as the Frogs took a 26-21 lead early in the fourth quarter on one of Jaden Oberkrom's school- and Big 12-record six field goals -- a 45-yarder.

The 17th-ranked Red Raiders (6-1, 3-1), who were held to just 1 yard in the third quarter, woke up and scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter in a 2:34 span to turn a five-point deficit into a 10-point lead with 4:06 remaining.

After being held to only 5 yards rushing through three quarters and nine minutes of the fourth quarter, Tech finally found some room. Kenny Williams shook off tackles at the line of scrimmage by Joel Hasley and Jon Koontz and broke free up the middle for a 47-yard run that appeared to clinch the victory for the Red Raiders.

But TCU, which trailed 21-20 at the half, wasn't done . The Frogs rallied in the final four minutes to score twice and force overtime. Trevone Boykin's 60-yard scoring strike down the sideline to LaDarius Brown on third-and-20 pulled the Frogs to within 36-33. After a defensive stop by TCU with 1:20 left, Boykin drove the offense 56 yards to set up Oberkrom's game-tying 42-yard field goal at 0:18.

"It was a heck of a game," Patterson said. "We were down 10 points and they thought they sealed the deal and were jumping around, and we came back and tied the game. You have to give our team a lot of credit. They fought back and tied the score and went into overtime. We can't settle for field goals. That's what we did on our last one [in overtime]."

Boykin and Doege exchanged touchdown passes in the first two overtime periods. Boykin connected on short passes to Josh Boyce and B.J. Catalon. Doege had touchdown passes to Eric Ward and Jakeem Grant, who scored on a 25-yard pass that Doege threw after taking a pitch from a receiver out of the wildcat formation.

On the Frogs' third overtime possession, Matthew Tucker was stopped for no gain on first down and Boykin's pass to Tucker on third-and-6 fell incomplete near the goal line. Oberkrom's 38-yard field goal put the Frogs up 53-50, but that meant TCU's defense needed to hold Tech to a field goal.

Darrin Moore's 17-yard catch on second-and-10 set up Doege's game-winner to Torres, which was a play-action pass that TCU's defense bit on.

"Torres does a really good job selling it," Doege said. "He covered it a little bit, but the way Torres sold the run; he bent just enough to where I could fit it in there, and Torres made a great catch. We've been practicing that play for three weeks, and we never had an opportunity to use it. Finally, perfect opportunity to use it, and we executed it. It was just sweet to actually run it during the game."

Boykin threw for a career-high 332 yards and four touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions. Tech safety D.J. Johnson intercepted the first after the ball deflected off Cam White's hands. It set the Raiders up at the Frogs' 33-yard line, and Ward scored the first of his three touchdowns on a 5-yard pass from Doege to tie the game at 7-7.

"They outplayed us for most of the game, outcoached us and had us on our heels," Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We found ways to make some plays there in the second quarter and then at the end of the game. What a bizarre football game. Their quarterback played outstanding. We made a lot of mistakes, but we've been working really hard for a game like this."

Doege completed 30 of 42 passes for 318 yards with no interceptions. TCU's Skye Dawson led all receivers with 154 yards on 10 catches, including a 19-yard touchdown that put TCU up 7-0 on its first possession.

Tech was held to 389 yards, their second-lowest output of the season. Tech's 71 yards rushing was their second-lowest total of the year. Last week in their victory over West Virginia, the Raiders gained 676 yards.

Stefan Stevenson


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