In a game for the ages, upset-minded Texas Tech scored an improbable touchdown with one second left to steal a win from the top-ranked Texas Longhorns, 39-33. The winning score came on a 28-yard pass from new Heisman frontrunner Graham Harrell to his top target, Michael Crabtree.
On Texas’ side, star QB Colt McCoy significantly underperformed for most of the game, but his 91-yard touchdown bomb to freshman Malcolm Williams put Texas right back in the game in the middle of the fourth quarter.
Texas Tech jumped all over Texas early, using a quick safety and a surprising run game to take a quick 19-0 lead. A few field goals later, the game was 22-6 Red Raiders at the half.
The second half was vintage Texas, as the Horns’ first three scores all came on big plays. First, Jordan Shipley took a punt to the house from 45 yards out, and Williams’ two TD catches were from 37 and 91 yards out. But with the ball at their own 20 with under six minutes to go, Texas’ go-ahead TD drive was their best sustained effort of the evening, culminating in an easy 4-yard plunge by Vondrell McGee.
Texas’ fatal error, though, was allowing nearly a minute and a half for the Red Raiders to answer. Remember, if you will, that Texas Tech was using a kid they literally plucked out of the student section at kicker, so even a 30-yard FG would hardly have been a sure thing. Fortunately, the Red Raiders didn’t need him until it was time for the extra point.
For now, Texas is gone, gone, gone from the national title discussion, as Texas Tech will need to lose twice and the Sooners once for the Longhorns to even be allowed in the Big XII Championship.
Guns up, Texas Tech; you are the belles of the ball. You absolutely earned a win against the top team in the nation in the game of the year, and it’s going to be awfully hard for the rest of the college football world to repress your own title aspirations now. Go find a young lady and make her eat a steak in front of you.