Saturday night, the Texas Tech Red Raiders beat the Houston Cougars 38-21 to gain their first win of the season and move to 1-0.
Texas Tech certainly did not get off to the start they wanted in the game. Houston came out the gate and went on a 16-play scoring drive after a run by Houston quarterback Clayton Tune.
Houston would then come back with an onside kick and recover it and drive down for another touchdown after a pass from Tune to Wideout Nathaniel Dell for a 23-yard pass to go up 14-0
Texas Tech’s offense would not see the field until 2:13 left in the 1st.
On that same drive, Tech would drive down on their opening to the 2-yard line after a long pitch and catch by WR Erik Ezukanma who finished the night with 7 rec 179 yards, but Running Back Xavier White would fumble and turn it over.
Tech would get their first touchdown of the game after a 41-yard rush by Running Back Tahj Brooks to cut the lead 7-14. Brooks finished the game with 15 carries 134 yards and two touchdowns.
The defense would come up with a huge play after Wisconsin transfer Safety Reggie Pearson Jr. intercepted Tune to give Tech the ball back.
The two teams would trade punts back and forth for most of the 2nd quarter until Houston moved the ball downfield and Tune threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to tight end Seth Green to extend their lead 21-7 going into the half.
Coming out of half Tech’s offense and defense decided to wake up and drove down the field and QB Tyler Shough did it himself and ran in for an eight-yard touchdown to close the deficit 14-21. Even Mr. Patrick Mahomes approved of his moves.
Shough had an impressive outing in his first game in a Tech uniform finishing the game with 231 yards through the air and two touchdowns, one through the air and one on the ground.
Tech would not have to wait long to tie the game up at 21 after Tune threw his second pick of the game to linebacker Riko Jeffers who caught and ran it in to tie the game.
After a couple of punts, Tech would again pick off Tune but this time Eric Monroe would get in on the action and give Tech great field position.
Tech wasn’t able to get a touchdown, but would capitalize with a Jonathan Garibay 34-yard field goal to give Tech their first lead of the game 24-21 going into the fourth.
After trading punts with one another, Tech would drive the ball down the field after a 50-yard pass from Shough to Ezukanma. Shough would finish the drive with a three-yard touchdown pass to White to extends Tech lead 31-21 late in the game.
Tune would go on to throw his fourth interception of the game after cornerback Adrian Frye made a great play setting up Tech to run out the clock.
Tech wasn’t done yet. They put the final nail in the coffin after Brooks broke off again for a 44-yard touchdown giving Tech the 38-24 lead.
Tech would finish out the next Houston drive as the game would come to a close giving Shough his first win as a Red Raider in an impressive start moving Tech to 1-0 on the season.
The Red Raiders would outscore the Cougars 38-7 after trailing 14-0. They scored 31 unanswered after trailing 7-21 and finished the game with four interceptions on the night, after only getting five last season.
The Red Raiders will host Stephen F. Austin next Saturday night at Jones AT&T Stadium with kickoff set for 6:00 p.m. Guns Up!