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Final Wrap: TCU 34, Texas Tech 18

TCU vs Texas Tech at Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas on November 2, 2020. (Photo by Gregg Ellman

GETTING STARTED

  • Today’s game was televised nationally on FOX Sports 1. It was Texas Tech’s second appearance on the network this season.
  • Today’s game marked the 63rd all-time between Texas Tech and TCU and the 22nd in Fort Worth. The two teams met for the ninth-consecutive year as Big 12 Conference members.
  • TCU won the toss and deferred to the second half. The Red Raiders have now lost the toss in three of the past four games.
  • Texas Tech wore red helmets, white jerseys and black pants for the first time this season. Since 2009, the Red Raiders are now 1-3 in the combination.
  • Today’s game captain was SaRodorick Thompson. As part of Texas Tech’s entrance pregame, Jack Anderson carried the U.S. flag, while Jaylon Hutchings ran out with the state of Texas flag.
  • Texas Tech had one new starter to its lineup today as Devin Drew made his first career start at the defensive tackle position.
  • Today’s attendance: 12,356.

 

Starters – (Offense) – (LT) Ethan Carde, (LG) Weston Wright, (C) Dawson Deaton, (RG) Jack Anderson (RT) Josh Burger, (QB) Henry Colombi, (RB) SaRodrick Thompson, (WR) KeSean Carter, (TE) Travis Koontz, (WR) Eric Ezukanma, (WR) Ja’Lynn Polk; (Defense) – (DE) Tyree Wilson, (T) Devin Drew, (N) Jaylon Hutchings, (SAM) Riko Jeffers, (MIKE) Krishon Merriweather, (WILL) Colin Schooler, (CB) Zech McPhearson, (SPUR) Jacob Morgenstern, (CB) DaMarcus Fields, (S) Eric Monroe, (S) Thomas Leggett.

 

TEXAS TECH’S LOSS…

  • Gives Texas Tech a 2-5 overall record and an 1-5 mark in Big 12 Conference play.
  • Gives Texas Tech a 32-28-3 all-time record against TCU, including a 13-19 mark in games played in Fort Worth.
  • Gives Matt Wells a career record of 6-13 at Texas Tech.
  • Gives Matt Wells a 50-47 career record all-time as a head coach.
  • Gives Matt Wells a 0-2 career record all-time against TCU.

 

TEXAS TECH’S TEAM NOTES

  • Texas Tech has now scored in 289-straight games dating back to the 1997 season, a streak that now ranks seventh nationally and tied for second (with Oklahoma) in the Big 12 Conference. The field goal by Trey Wolff before halftime moved Tech into a tie for 10th all-time for the longest scoring streaks in FBS history as the Red Raiders are now tied with Tennessee’s run of 28-consecutive games with points from 1994-2017.
  • The loss snapped a five-game streak of the road team winning in the series as the Horned Frogs were the last team to defend its home field back in 2014. The Red Raiders had won each of their last two visits to Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth.
  • Zech McPhearson’s interception to start the game marked the first time this season the Red Raiders created a takeaway on the game’s opening drive. It marked the first time the Red Raiders had created a turnover on their opponent’s opening drive since Douglas Coleman III also picked off a pass on the first play against Kansas a year ago.
  • Texas Tech came into today’s game as one of the national leaders in fewest sacks allowed this season but ended up surrendering five to TCU this afternoon, all in the first half alone.
  • Texas Tech blocked its third kick of the season and the sixth in the 19 games under Matt Wells when Jaylon Huntchings got his hands on a 41-yard attempt early in the fourth quarter. The six blocked kicks for the Red Raiders under Wells marks the most for Tech in a two-year span dating back to the start of the 2000 season.

 

NOTING THE RED RAIDERS

  • Zech McPhearson recorded the second interception of his career on TCU’s first play of the game to boost a Red Raider defense that started the drive deep in its own territory. His interception marked the third-consecutive takeaway by the Red Raiders that has involved McPhearson as he previously recovered fumbles against both Iowa State and West Virginia.
  • Adam Beck recorded his first career solo sack late in the first quarter. He now has 1.5 over his career as he previously shared a sack in the regular-season finale last year at Texas. Beck also forced a fumble, the first of his career,  on a lateral play that was later declared to be TCU’s ball on review.
  • Trey Wolff connected on his first field goal of the season and the 21st of his career following a successful 40-yard attempt to close the first half. He is now 21-of-26 on field goal attempts (80.8 percent) over his Red Raider career .
  • Ja’Lynn Polk recorded the second touchdown catch of his young career as he was on the receiving end of a 60-yard strike from Henry Colombi with 8:33 remaining in the first quarter. It marked his longest reception of the season and the second of at least 50 yards by a Red Raider this season before Erik Ezukanma added a 57-yard touchdown haul in the fourth quarter.
  • Erik Ezukanma hauled in his fourth touchdown this season on a 57-yard strike early in the fourth quarter that marked the longest of his career. He previously had a 56-yard reception against Oklahoma State a year ago. Ezukanma closed the afternoon with three receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown.
  • Austin McNamara was called on to punt a career-high nine times as he averaged 47.1 yards per boot. McNamara’s previous career high for punts was seven, which came at Arizona a year ago.
  • Krishon Merriweather and Tyree Wilson shared a sack late in the third quarter. It was the first career sack for Merriweather and the second of Wilson’s tenure as a Red Raider.
  • Colin Schooler added his first sack as a Red Raider and the 10th of his career early in the fourth quarter. Schooler now has 47.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage over his career at Arizona and Texas Tech, which ranks second among active FBS players. Schooler finished with eight tackles in the loss, giving him an impressive 350 over his career which leads all active FBS players.
  • Jaylon Hutchings knocked down the first kick attempt of his career to go along with two tackles from his regular spot at nose tackle.
  • Henry Colombi closed his third start as Texas Tech’s quarterback by completing 23-of-41 passes for 234 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
  • Riko Jeffers came close to reaching double digits for tackles for the fifth time in his career as he led the Red Raiders with nine takedowns, including one behind the line of scrimmage.

Release provided by Texas Tech Athletics

Matt Dowdy


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