Texas Tech taking it to another level this time

Seth Doege and Texas Tech backed up their big victory – even

though it took a while.

Now, the 15th-ranked Red Raiders have to get ready for another

big challenge.

”On the sideline you could tell no one had any thought of

losing the game,” Doege said after throwing a career-high seven

touchdowns in Tech’s 56-53 triple-overtime victory at TCU on

Saturday. ”We were in it the whole time. All week we had been

preaching to take it to the next level.”

A week after their impressive five-touchdown victory over

then-No. 5 West Virginia, Texas Tech (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) overcame an

early 10-point deficit and Doege threw TD passes in each overtime

period.

The Red Raiders let a 10-point lead late in regulation get

away.

”That is one of the most emotionally taxing games I’ve been

in,” safety Cody Davis said. ”How we kept fighting and pulling

through.”

Tech plays next Saturday at fourth-ranked and Big 12-leading

Kansas State (7-0, 4-0), which won 55-14 at West Virginia on

Saturday night.

After an upset victory at third-ranked Oklahoma midway through

last season, the Red Raiders finished with five losses in a row for

their first losing season since 1992. That ended a Big 12-record

streak of 18 consecutive years of bowl eligibility.

Before going to TCU, Doege recalled the letdown of last season

and the Red Raiders ”being on such a high and going to such a

low.”

They might have been exhausted, but they left TCU already bowl

eligible.

”This was a team win because we didn’t play that great and were

able to find some way to win the game,” coach Tommy Tuberville

said.

Texas Tech moved up three spots in the new AP Top 25 poll

released Sunday.

League newcomer TCU (5-2, 2-2), which lost its first Big 12 home

game against Iowa State two weeks ago, has lost consecutive home

games in the same season for the first time since their last two

home games of the 1998 season.

”Welcome to the Big 12,” said Frogs coach Gary Patterson, then

the defensive coordinator and now in his 12th season as head coach.

”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 the

highest-scoring home game ever for the Frogs, who next play at

Oklahoma State. The only time they were in a game with more points

scored was a 62-55 win at Houston in 2003.

The last time the Horned Frogs had been in a game with so many

points was their 70-35 loss at Texas Tech in 2004. That

15-touchdown spectacular came two years before only field goals

were scored in TCU’s 12-3 home win that was the only other game in

the series since the last Southwest Conference season in 1995.

After redshirt freshman Trevone Boykin threw a 60-yard TD to

LaDarius Brown on third-and-20 with 2:25 left in regulation and

Tech had a three-and-out, the Frogs tied the game at 36-all with 18

seconds left on freshman Jaden Oberkrom’s 42-yard field goal, the

fifth of his Big 12-record six made kicks.

Texas Tech responded after TCU scored first in overtime, then

the Red Raiders opened the second overtime with a little trickery

out of the wildcat formation. Running back Eric Stephens took the

snap and handed off to Darrin Moore, who flipped it back to Doege,

the quarterback who lined up wide and then threw a 25-yard TD to

Jakeem Grant.

”Resiliency. This team, we fought,” said Alex Torres, who had

an 8-yard TD catch to end the game. ”The way they battled back was

impressive. To get a touchdown and field goal to tie the game, they

definitely went into overtime with the momentum. … Offensively,

defensively, we had to bail each other out. That game tells a lot

about our team.”

For the Red Raiders, who have had plenty of big-scoring days in

the past, it was the most combined points ever in a game they

played – surpassing their 66-42 loss to Baylor last November. It

was the first time they were in a game when both teams scored 50

points.

”We made a lot of mistakes, but we’ve been working real hard

for a game like this, to win a game when you don’t play your

best,” Tuberville said. ”I think that’s what this sport is all

about, you’ve got to find a way to win on the road.”

And they’ll be trying to do that again next weekend.