TCU Escapes Texas Tech in 55-52 Thriller – Down to their last play, third-ranked TCU scored on a tipped touchdown pass with 23 seconds left on fourth-and-goal from the 4 to pull out a thrilling 55-52 win over unranked Texas Tech in college football Saturday in Lubbock, Texas.
On the crucial play, quarterback Trevone Boykin’s pass to receiver Josh Doctson was high, but he got a hand on it and the tipped ball fell into the hands of running back Aaron Green as he fell out of the back of the end zone. The video review confirmed that Green had control of the ball and a foot in bounds for a legal score.
In a wild game that saw 11 lead changes, Texas Tech didn’t give up after the late touchdown by TCU, and nearly pulled out an unbelievable finish with a last-gasp play from the 50-yard-line with no time left on the clock that featured several laterals and got them down to the TCU 10-yard-line before the game finally ended.
The two high-powered offenses put up over 1,300 total yards for the game. TCU had 750 and Texas Tech 607.
Boykin completed 34 of 54 passes for 485 yards and four touchdowns for TCU, while Doctson had 18 catches for 267 yards and three touchdowns.
Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes was injured in the first quarter but returned and put on a gutsy performance. He finished with 25 of 45 passes for 392 yards and two touchdowns.
The teams traded touchdowns and lead changes throughout the second half, with Texas Tech pulling ahead 52-48 on a 50-yard TD pass from Mahomes to Justin Stockton with 5:55 remaining to set up the late-game dramatics.
The TCU (Texas Christian University) Horned Frogs are currently ranked third in the nation (actually tied with Ole Miss for the third spot) after narrowly missing the four-team playoffs and a chance to play for the national title last year.
The game was the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams. TCU is now 4-0 on the season, while the Texas Tech Red Raiders fell to 3-1.