Brown explains call
TCU began erasing Texas Tech’s 10-point fourth-quarter lead with a 60-yard touchdown pass from Trevone Boykin to LaDarius Brown that came with 2:25 left in the game.
After Tech recovered the ensuing onside-kick attempt near midfield, coach Tommy Tuberville and offensive coordinator Neal Brown had a decision to make. Throw early and risk stopping the clock? Or take your chances with the run and force TCU to burn its timeouts?
Tech went with the latter, and the plan backfired. After stopping the Red Raiders on three straight runs, while using both its timeouts, TCU forced a punt and took over at its own 19 with 1:20 left. Boykin drove the Horned Frogs down the field 56 yards, keyed by a 36-yard pass to Skye Dawson, to set up a game-tying field goal with only 18 seconds remaining.
The conservative play-calling included a run on third-and-7.
“They had two timeouts,” Brown said. “You can’t throw the ball on first and second down, because then they’re saving a timeout. On third down, you’ve really got to run the football, because if you don’t convert, you’ve giving them a third timeout. That was kind of our thought process.”
Tuberville said if he had it to do over, he would have thrown the ball more on the final series, giving his offense a chance to seal the game with a first down.
Doege bounces back
Seth Doege’s trick-play touchdown pass to Jakeem Grant in the second overtime came at a price.
Doege took a helmet in the chin from TCU linebacker Kenny Cain as he released the 25-yard scoring pass. The senior quarterback was slow to get off the turf, and the Tech training staff checked him for concussion symptoms on the sideline while bandaging his chin.
But Doege fought through the pain and capped off Tech’s stunning 56-53 win by tossing an 8-yard pass, his career-high seventh of the game, to Alex Torres in the third overtime.
Doege said he had no problem trading pain for victory.
“It even hurts to talk,” Doege said after the game. “The thing was, it felt a whole lot better after we scored.”
Tech ran the trick play out of a wildcat formation with Doege split to the left. Running back Eric Stephens took the snap and ran right, handing off to flanker Darrin Moore, who delivered the ball back to Doege.
Big 12 record
TCU kicker Jaden Oberkrom’s six field goals Saturday in a 56-63 triple-overtime loss to Texas Tech added up to a Big 12 single-game record. The previous mark was five, accomplished several times, most recently in 2010 by Texas’ Justin Tucker.
Oberkrom, a freshman, converted from 32, 41, 32, 45, 42 and 38 yards. He didn’t have a miss.
“Their field goal kicker had a heck of a day,” Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. “He would have been the hero around here if that game had gone the other way.”
Special teams weapon
Tech’s kickoff team gave the Red Raiders possession for the third time this season. Frenship ex Summitt Hogue recovered an onside kick Saturday, setting up the touchdown that gave Tech a 21-17 lead.
“I felt like we needed a momentum boost there,” Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. “We’d worked on it all week. We’d seen something on film. That was a point right there we had to get a swing.”
Texas Tech nickel back Tre Porter suffered a knee sprain in the second half. He returned to the game, however, and Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said the initial prognosis is good.
“Hopefully, he’ll be able to get some practice time this week. It’s not as bad as the ones last week,” Tuberville said of some the injuries the Red Raiders suffered in the West Virginia game.
Porter was credited with two solo tackles and two assists.
Mano a mano
One of the key matchups in the game was Tech left tackle LaAdrian Waddle against defensive end Devonte Fields. The TCU freshman came in leading the Big 12 with 6 ½ sacks and 11 ½ tackles for loss.
Waddle mostly shut down the Frogs’ pass rusher in the first half, but Fields was heard from in the second half. On the first series of the third quarter, he shot inside of left guard Beau Carpenter and helped on a sack. Defensive tackle Davion Pearson beat Fields to the quarterback by a tick and got credit for the sack.
Later in the third quarter, Fields slipped by Carpenter again for a sack, forcing Tech to punt from deep in its own territory.
Compiled by Nick Kosmider
and Don Williams