For the first time in a while, the Red Raiders owe a victory to an elite defensive performance. Texas Tech beat the TCU Horned Frogs 20-10 in front of another record student crowd and national television audience.
After freshman starting quarterback Baker Mayfield went down with a leg injury late in the fourth quarter, freshman backup quarterback Davis Webb threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Bradley Marquez with 3:48 left in the game to break a 10-all tie. Texas Tech went on to a 20-10 victory over No. 24 TCU on Thursday night.
Thanks to an inspired defensive effort, Tech held TCU to just three points until 6:48 in the fourth quarter when TCU running back B.J. Catalon finally broke through and scored on a 17-yard run.
Tech’s defense forced two interceptions, allowed just 4.9 yards per play and stuffed both of TCU’s fourth down attempts. Senior linebacker Terrance Bullitt led the defense with six tackles, a tackle for loss and four pass breakups. Beyond the simple statistics, Bullitt was a force all night for the Red Raiders, making plays in space and in TCU’s backfield.
Texas Tech students set a new record for attendance with 16,092, shattering last week’s record of 14,915.