The Good: Turnovers continue. Texas Tech forced 2 more turnovers, bringing their season total to 4. The defense allowed 400 yards on the day to the TCU Horned Frogs but only gave up 10 points, continuously thwarting any attacks the Frogs tried to come up with. This is good news for a team that has seen their defense come up short time after time in recent years. When they needed plays, they got them. And they won this game on an off night for the offense, which hasn’t been seen in Lubbock in quite some time.
The Bad: Freshman phenom Baker Mayfield left the game in the 4th quarter with what was later described as a ” deep thigh bruise”. It wasn’t all bad though, as freshman Davis Webb came in the game and promptly led Tech down the field, throwing a beautiful 19 yard pass to Bradley Marquez in the back of the endzone to put the Red Raiders up 17-10. The offense struggled all night, gaining only 336 yards while going 6/17 on 3rd down, and at a critical time in the game where you felt the momentum was shifting to the visitors sideline Davis Webb stepped up and made some clutch throws to finish off the Horned Frogs.
The Ugly: There was a lot that was ugly about this game. 4 turnovers, including 3 interceptions by starter Baker Mayfield. Referees that seemed to put themselves in awkward positions all night, resulting in bad calls on both sides. But the one that stuck out the most was the now famous 50 yard scamper that wasn’t because Deandre Washington started celebrating before he scored, dropping the ball at the 1/2 yardline and allowing it to roll into the endzone where the side judge picked it up. It was bad. But it could have been worse had TCU realized what was happening and picked it up.
All in all, this was a solid win for a Red Raider squad seeking their first Big 12 victory for Kliff Kingsbury. The win made the Red Raiders ranked, and you have to feel that the energy and passion was back in The Jones for the first time in quite a while, with fans making enough noise that TCU had 9 false start penalties called on them.