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Longhorns Escape Lubbock with Remarkable Comeback Win

Texas Head Coach Tom Herman should be thanking his lucky stars tonight. What we witnessed in Lubbock between Texas and Texas Tech was a classic Big 12 battle that will be remembered for a lot of different reasons. Between the Big 12 refs, the special teams’ disasters, and the fact that neither team decided to play defense put the official Big 12 stamp on this game. Of course, scoring a combined 119 points just proves my point even further. 

Somehow, some way the Longhorns found a way to pull this miracle off. Well, what may be a miracle to some may be a debacle to others. Especially if you are a Texas Tech fan.

 

When the first quarter came to an end, Texas found themselves up 17-7 after a Cameron Dicker field goal and a couple Sam Ehlinger touchdowns (one passing and one rushing). However, Tech came to life a little bit on offense in the second quarter as Alan Bowman found KeSean Carter and Erik Ezukanma for a couple touchdown passes. But even with those scores the Longhorns also scored twice in the second quarter thanks to a Roschon Johnson touchdown run and Sam Ehlinger pass to Brenden Schooler to give Texas a 31-21 lead at the break. 

But as good as the first half was for Texas, the second half was a wild roller coaster ride of emotions. In the third quarter Texas Tech outscored Texas 21-7 thanks to a muffed punt for a score as well as a SaRodorick Thompson touchdown run and a touchdown pass from Alan Bowman to T.J. Vasher. When the third quarter ended, Texas Tech found themselves up fourth quarter ended, Texas Tech found themselves up 42-38. 

But as good as the first half was for Texas, the second half was a wild roller coaster ride of emotions. In the third quarter Texas Tech outscored Texas 21-7 thanks to a muffed punt for a score as well as a SaRodorick Thompson touchdown run and a touchdown pass from Alan Bowman to T.J. Vasher. When the third quarter ended, Texas Tech found themselves up fourth quarter ended, Texas Tech found themselves up 42-38. 

Texas would start the scoring in the final quarter as kicker Cameron Dicker knocked in a 26-yard kick to pull Texas within one, but the Red Raiders stayed red hot on offense scoring on back to back drives. The first fourth quarter touchdown for Texas Tech came from a 18-yard touchdown pass from Alan Bowman to T.J. Vasher in the corner while Tech’s final score came from a SaRodorick Thompson 75-yard touchdown run in which he broke about five tackles on his way to the endzone. 

 

That score put Texas Tech up 56-41 with just 3:13 to play but then Texas woke up from the dead. In less than a minute, Sam Ehlinger drove Texas down the field and hit Brennan Eagles in the back of the endzone to pull Texas within eight with 2:39 left to play. However, Texas needed more magic and got some as they recovered an onside kick after the score. The Longhorns would use that momentum for another score as Ehlinger hit Joshua Moore for a touchdown pass and after a successful two-point conversion, the game was tied at 56 with forty seconds left. 

But nothing happened in those forty seconds and to overtime it went as Texas Tech won the toss and elected to play defense first. And in this game of no defense, Texas easily scored when Sam Ehlinger hit Joshua Moore for his third touchdown catch of the game to put Texas up 63-56. 

Texas Tech got their shot to try and extend the game and after a SaRodorick Thompson fumble, the game appeared to be over. However, the play was reviewed and overturned and gave one last shot to try and complete a fourth and long. On the very next play Texas safety Caden Sterns picked off Alan Bowman’s pass to seal the deal for Texas. 

It certainly was one of the most wild and whacky games I have ever witnessed in this conference. There was just about a little of everything in this game and whether it was good or bad, it certainly was entertaining. 

Texas Tech certainly had their fair share of chances to win this game and gave up too many easy plays in the final three minutes that proved to be costly. And even when Tech seemed to gain some sort of advantage whether it was an onside kick or a blocked punt, Alan Bowman would throw an interception, or the defense would give up a big play.

As for Texas, the defense looked worse than what it did in 2019. Texas Head Coach Tom Herman said after the game “I am really proud of our team. Obviously not our best performance, but to go on the road, to make the mistakes we made continually, especially on defense and special teams, and to find a way to and to find a way to gut it out in the end, extremely proud. We certainly are not pleased with how we won, but we are pleased with the result.” As much as I can sit here and bash Tom Herman for their play today, Texas did walk away with a road win from Lubbock which is never easy to do. Especially with how this season has gone so far in this conference, this could be the new normal for the 2020 college football season.  Entertaining games that look sloppy. 

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