Seth Doege stood in the pocket and completed the pass to Alex Torres like he has so many times in practice. There was another throw in the second overtime that was pretty sweet, too.
Doege’s career-best seven touchdowns passes came in a variety of ways, and No. 18 Texas Tech needed every one of them Saturday.
Doege found Torres for an 8-yard score in the third overtime after tossing a 25-yard TD to Jakeem Grant on an unconventional play in the second extra period, helping the Red Raiders top TCU 56-53.
"I was hoping they’d call that play. We practice it over and over and over," Doege said of his final pass. "Torres does a great job of selling it and he did enough where I could fit it in there."
After the Red Raiders (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) blew a 10-point lead late in regulation, Doege threw for a touchdown in each of the three overtimes. The last one came after TCU had to settle for freshman Jaden Oberkrom’s Big 12-record sixth field goal to start the final extra period.
"I thought Torres was covered, and I didn’t think he was going to throw it," Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. "But he let go and put it in the perfect spot."
Texas Tech began 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 they had practiced for three weeks.
"It was sweet to get to run it in a game," Doege said.
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," coach Gary 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 most combined points ever for Texas Tech, and the second-most for TCU.
Doege completed 30 of 42 passes for 318 yards, including a 6-yard TD pass to Eric Ward in the first overtime, 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.
TCU—S.Dawson 19 pass from Boykin (Oberkrom kick), 12:37. TT—E.Ward 5 pass from Doege (Bustin kick), 4:55. TCU—FG Oberkrom 32, :49.
TCU—Tucker 4 run (Oberkrom kick), 8:13. TT—Moore 33 pass from Doege (Bustin kick), 6:37. TT—E.Ward 29 pass from Doege (Bustin kick), 3:28. TCU—FG Oberkrom 41, :22.
TCU—FG Oberkrom 32, 4:09.
TCU—FG Oberkrom 45, 14:49. TT—Torres 8 pass from Doege (Moore pass from Doege), 6:40. TT—Ke.Williams 47 run (Bustin kick), 4:06. TCU—L.Brown 60 pass from Boykin (Oberkrom kick), 2:25. TCU—FG Oberkrom 42, :18.
TCU—Boyce 8 pass from Boykin (Oberkrom kick). . TT—E.Ward 6 pass from Doege (Bustin kick)..
TT—Grant 25 pass from Doege (Bustin kick). . TCU—Catalon 7 pass from Boykin (Oberkrom kick)..
TCU—FG Oberkrom 38. . TT—Torres 8 pass from Doege. .
Att.—47,894 (at TCU).
|Time of Possession||27:43||32:17|
RUSHING—Texas Tech, Ke.Williams 6-47, S.Foster 7-24, Stephens 7-22, Team 2-(minus 2), Doege 5-(minus 20). TCU, Catalon 12-72, Tucker 12-59, Dean 3-37, Boykin 15-16.
PASSING—Texas Tech, Doege 30-42-0-318. TCU, Boykin 26-44-2-332, Team 0-3-0-0.
RECEIVING—Texas Tech, E.Ward 6-61, Moore 5-63, Zouzalik 5-55, Torres 5-53, Grant 3-45, Ty.Williams 3-31, Stephens 2-9, S.Foster 1-1. TCU, S.Dawson 10-154, Boyce 7-52, Catalon 3-19, L.Brown 2-70, B.Carter 2-21, Tucker 1-10, C.White 1-6.
Oklahoma State 31, Iowa State 10 — J.W. Walsh threw for 415 yards and a touchdown, and Wichitan Joseph Randle scored twice and set up another touchdown with a big fourth-quarter run.
Randle had 151 yards on 24 carries. His 62-yard gain early in the fourth quarter put the Cowboys at the 14, and Walsh scored three plays later.
Walsh was 32 of 47 in compiling the ninth-highest single-game passing performance in school history. The victory was the 63rd of coach Mike Gundy’s career, moving him past Pat Jones into No. 1 on the school’s coaching list.
ISU—Woody 2 pass from Barnett (Arceo kick), 12:17. OSU—Randle 4 run (Sharp kick), 5:53. ISU—FG Arceo 41, 3:17.
OSU—FG Sharp 20, 14:28. OSU—C.Moore 74 pass from Walsh (Sharp kick), 12:52.
OSU—Randle 12 run (Sharp kick), 9:32.
OSU—Walsh 3 run (Sharp kick), 10:09.
Att.—57,019 (at OklahomaSt.).
|Time of Possession||25:09||34:51|
RUSHING—Iowa St., Barnett 6-49, Johnson 8-24, Jantz 4-10, Nealy 2-8, Horne 1-5, Woody 1-5. Oklahoma St., Randle 24-151, Walsh 9-46, Roland 5-18, Smith 1-3, Team 3-(minus 8).
PASSING—Iowa St., Barnett 19-39-1-206, Jantz 4-9-0-34. Oklahoma St., Walsh 32-47-0-415.
RECEIVING—Iowa St., Horne 8-75, Bundrage 4-62, Young 3-49, Brun 2-12, Nealy 1-14, Hammerschmidt 1-9, Tiller 1-9, Johnson 1-7, Woody 1-2, J.West 1-1. Oklahoma St., Stewart 13-89, C.Moore 8-129, Jackson 4-96, Randle 3-23, Horton 2-58, Staley 1-11, Hays 1-9.