What happened and what mattered in the Texas Tech 17-14 win over TCU?
Texas Tech 17, TCU 14
The Texas Tech defense will get all the love and affection for coming up with a fantastic performance against TCU, but …
Really, Horned Frogs. At home, what was that?
Eight penalties, three turnovers .., and little to no offense.
It was the third straight total clunker of a performance by the Horned Frog offense after failing to show up against Texas and Iowa State, and now it’s three straight Big 12 games without cranking the 17 point mark.
QB Shawn Robinson never looked comfortable, he was hurrying too much, and he could never quite seem to find any semblance of a groove until it was too late.
He threw for 290 yards and two scores and led the team with 42 rushing yards, but outside of a terrific pass play to KaVontae Turpin to take a 14-10 lead in the fourth, it was a tough go. When he was relaxed and took his shots down the field, everything seemed fine – he didn’t do that enough.
The Texas Tech defense had a little something to do with that, of course.
The linebacking corps was outstanding at keeping the TCU running game in check, and the offense found a way to adapt and adjust with QB Alan Bowman still out after suffering a collapsed lung against West Virginia.
Jett Duffey will never be another Kliff Kingsbury throwing the ball, but he picked up the struggling Red Raider offense with a decent-enough 190-yard, one score passing day, and with 83 yards on the ground, including the game-winning 38-yard scoring dash.
It’s still Bowman’s gig, but Duffey is a weapon who can and should be added to the mix.
With Kansas and Iowa State up next, the Red Raiders are primed to crank up the record a bit before dealing with Oklahoma and Texas at home.
TCU gets Oklahoma up next. It’s going to have to score more than two touchdowns to pull that off.