Given the way that TCU’s visit to Texas Tech had gone all Saturday, you knew it was bound to end with something crazy. And those premonitions were fulfilled.
Trevone Boykin hit Aaron Greene on a four-yard touchdown pass with 23 seconds left and a 55-52 win for the Horned Frogs. But it was no ordinary touchdown pass. Boykin was looking for Josh Doctson, who tipped the ball into the air. Doctson was in the middle of the end zone and Greene was in the back. Greene dove and caught the ball and drug his foot for the touchdown.
The touchdown was the game’s 10th lead change.
Texas Tech’s final drive went nowhere until an offside penalty and roughing-the-passer call on what should have been the final play of the game. With an untimed down, Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed a pass underneath and a lateral frenzy began. It came up short, as the Red Raiders were only able to get to the 10-yard-line.
Perhaps even crazier than the touchdown pass was TCU coach Gary Patterson’s gamble to rely on his defense in the last five minutes of the game. Facing a fourth down just outside the 50 and trailing 52-48, TCU elected to punt and attempt to pin Texas Tech deep. Given the plethora of points to that point, Patterson seemed to be simply relying on a hunch rather than the evidence presented in the first 55 minutes.
It worked. TCU forced a three-and-out and got the ball back with 3:11 left for it’s game-winning drive.
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