TCU loses 56-53 in 3 OTs to No. 18 Texas Tech

An impressive comeback for TCU. Only one problem: that just got

the Horned Frogs into overtime.

Seth Doege threw three of his seven touchdown passes in overtime

for No. 18 Texas Tech, which after blowing a 10-point lead in the

final 2 1/2 minutes of regulation, outlasted the Frogs for a 56-53

triple-overtime victory Saturday.

”We were down 10 points and they already thought they sealed

the deal,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. ”They were jumping

around, and we came back and tied the game. You have to give our

team a lot of credit to fight back. …. We can’t settle for field

goals.”

Not even when freshman Jaden Oberkrom kicks a Big 12-record six

field goals.

After Oberkrom’s 38-yard field goal started the third overtime,

Doege finished the game with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Alex

Torres.

TCU (5-2, 2-2), the Big 12 newcomer, has lost consecutive home

games in a single season for the first time since it dropped its

final two home games of 1998. Two weeks ago, the Horned Frogs lost

their first Big 12 home game to Iowa State.

”Welcome to the Big 12,” Patterson said. ”I do believe this.

I believe we proved we can play in it. Are we unhappy we lost? Yes,

but it was a heck of a game.”

It was the first triple-overtime game in TCU history, and its

highest-scoring home game ever. The last time the Horned Frogs were

in a game with so many points was their 70-35 loss at Texas Tech in

2004, a year after their 62-55 victory at Houston for the most

combined points in a game.

Tech (6-1, 3-1) led 36-26 when Kenny Williams busted loose for a

47-yard touchdown run with 4:06 left in regulation.

Trevone Boykin threw a 60-yard TD pass to LaDarius Brown with

2:25 left before the Frogs failed to recover an onside kick. But

they held to Tech to 1 yard before a punt, setting up a nine-play,

56-yard drive capped by Oberkrom’s 42-yard field goal with 18

seconds left.

Boykin, the redshirt freshman who this month replaced

second-year starter Casey Pachall, was 26 of 44 for 332 yards with

four touchdowns and two interceptions.

TCU had the first shot in overtime, and Boykin threw an 8-yard

TD pass to Josh Boyce on the fourth play. Ward’s third TD catch, a

6-yarder, tied the score again.

Texas Tech started the second overtime in a wildcat formation,

with Doege lined up wide. Two other players touched the ball before

it got to Doege in the backfield on a play the Red Raiders had been

practicing for three weeks. He hit Jakeem Grant for a 25-yard

score.

Boykin then threw a 7-yard TD pass to Catalon to force the third

overtime, but the Frogs had to settle for another field goal before

Doege’s final pass to Torres.

”I was hoping they’d call that play. We practice it over and

over and over,” Doege said. ”Torres does a great job of selling

it and he did enough where I could fit it in there.”

Doege completed 30 of 42 passes for 318 yards and Texas Tech

quickly became bowl eligible a year after its first losing season

since 1992. The Red Raiders were coming off an impressive 49-14

victory over then-No. 5 West Virginia.

After upsetting third-ranked Oklahoma last season, Texas Tech

followed with five losses in a row that ended a Big 12-record

streak of 18 consecutive seasons of bowl eligibility.

”We made a lot of mistakes,” Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said.

”But we’ve been working real hard for a game like this, to win a

game when you don’t play your best.”

Skye Dawson had 10 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown for

TCU, a 19-yarder less than 2 1/2 minutes into the game.

The Red Raiders were down 17-7 before two touchdowns in a span

of just over 3 minutes in the second quarter. They surprised TCU

with an onside kick that led to the second score in that span after

a replay review overturned an official’s ruling of incomplete

pass.

Moore had a 33-yard touchdown catch even with defender Kevin

White right with him. That was only three plays after Moore was

called for offensive pass interference when he pushed off the same

cornerback to make a catch, the penalty wiping out a nearly 25-yard

gain to the TCU 22.

Ward was initially ruled out of bounds after making a leaping

29-yard grab and then falling down on the far side of the end zone.

But officials reviewed the play, which showed Ward’s right elbow

had landed in the end zone before the rest of his body came down on

the line for a score that made it 21-17.

”We played a Tech team that was 5-1 and we lost by three points

in overtime,” Patterson said. ”They made one more play than we

did.”