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TCU vs. Texas Tech final: Frogs lose 56-53 in 3OT

After four quarters and three overtime periods, the No. 17 Texas Tech Red Raiders managed to pull out a 56-53 victory over the No. 23 TCU Horned Frogs.

Down 10 points with less than three minutes remaining, TCU managed to dominate in the final three minutes of regulation and force overtime.

Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin threw a strike down the left sideline to LaDarius Brown for a 60-yard touchdown with 2:25 remaining, but TCU was unable to recover the ensuing onside kick. However, when their defense held Texas Tech and forced a punt, Boykin and the Horned Frogs were given an opportunity with less than a minute remaining and they took advantage by driving down the field.

TCU was able to set up a 42-yard field goal for redshirt freshman Jaden Oberkrom who hit his fifth field goal of the game to send it to overtime.

In the first two overtimes, each team traded touchdowns as each Seth Doege of Texas Tech and Boykin tossed a pair of touchdown passes. The second overtime touchdown pass for Doege came from a Wildcat formation as the Red Rangers clearly dug deep in their playbook for a trick play at a crucial time.


In the third overtime, though, the Horned Frogs finally slipped up and settled for a 38-yard Oberkrom field goal, which was a school-record sixth in the game. Doege took advantage of the opportunity, hitting Alex Torres in the middle of the end zone to give the Red Raiders a 56-53 victory.

Box score hero: There's really no other candidate than Doege. The Texas Tech passer dominated through the air when it mattered most, throwing three overtime touchdowns in the victory. He finished 30-of-43 passing with 318 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions.

Rankings ramifications: Both teams were ranked in the first edition of the BCS Standings, but neither had a high ranking. The win will undoubtedly move the Red Raiders up some, while the loss for the Horned Frogs will likely cause them to fall out of the top 25.

Next week: TCU will travel to Stillwater, Okla., to try to bounce back against Oklahoma State, a team that will likely be ranked after the Cowboys beat Iowa State, 31-10. Texas Tech will have arguably the toughest task of their season when they play on the road against No. 4 Kansas State.

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