A Leach Esque Finish
Saturdays match-up between Texas Tech and TCU was full of highlight reel plays that left fans on the edge of their seats for three overtimes. Going into the game, TCU was sitting at #23 as a well-established team for their first year in the Big 12. Texas Tech found itself climbing the poll after smashing Heisman candidate Geno Smith and the Mountaineers and went into the TCU game at #17. Being a Tech fan for the majority of my life, it was quite refreshing to see the Red Raiders with a decent defense this year. After watching the OU and TCU game it appears that the Tech defense is a top-rated D… occasionally.
With TCU’s starting QB out for personal reasons most Tech fans expected a slow start for TCU’s offense. My guess is that they had no idea about Trevone Boykin, the redshirt freshman who threw for 332 yards and landed 4 touchdowns against this “so called” top-rated defense. Though Boykin proved he can step into the QB role at TCU and do great things it was Tech’s Seth Doege who landed most of the highlights. Doege launched a career-high seven touchdown passes to a slew of receivers and kept the ball out of the hands of the TCU defense. If you look at this game on paper all fingers point to the Horned Frogs to win as they lead TTU in first downs, total yards, and time of possession. The game changer comes from TCU’s three turnovers to Tech’s none.
There is really no one play that stands out from either team as being the play of the week. Both teams played like ranked teams on offense and had some remarkable completions. Boykin’s 60-yard touchdown pass to LaDarius Brown to keep the Frogs in contention, and Doeges final drive hitting Torres on consecutive plays and finally getting in the end zone to take the lead. The list just goes on and on. But of course the one play I do decide to delegate as the TicketCity Play of the Week is not on the highlight reel. So the entire game gets the throne this week with an emphasis on the Mike Leach-esque play at the beginning of the second over time. In true Leach fashion the Raiders start the second overtime with an unconventional wildcat reverse pass where Doege finds Jakeem Grant down the sideline for a touchdown.
Next week the #15 Red Raiders will put their ranking to the test as they head to Kansas to take on the #4 Wildcats in whats sure to be another action packed game. Well at least I am hoping so… Guns Up!