Ohio State’s wild comeback against Purdue was the game of the day until No. 18 Texas Tech went to Fort Worth to take on TCU. Four quarters and three overtimes later, the Red Raiders emerged winners in dramatic fashion, 56-53 over the Horned Frogs.
The Red Raiders looked like they had the win locked up leading by 10 with just over four minutes remaining in regulation, but Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin led a pair of scoring drives to force overtime. But it was Seth Doege to Alex Torres for an eight-yard touchdown in the third overtime that ultimately sealed the win.
Last year, Texas Tech got a thrilling win in Norman against Oklahoma before losing the rest of its games. Not this time, The Red Raiders got blown out by the Sooners a couple of weeks ago, but dominated West Virginia last week and got a solid win on the road this week. TTU goes on the road to Kansas State next — the Wildcats are up big on WVU right now — and a win there would put the Red Raiders right back in the thick of the Big 12 title hunt.
At this point, the Big 12 race appears like it’s realistically between K-State and Oklahoma, but with a little bit of help, Texas Tech could be very much alive in this conference hunt.
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Ohio State has quietly added Joker Phillips and Brian Knorr — two experienced college coaches — to Urban Meyer’s staff.
Although the athletics department has not made an announcement yet, Phillips is listed in Ohio State’s employee directory as a sports program associate with the working title of “Football QC – kicking,” which presumably means he is a quality control assistant for the Ohio State kicking game.
Knorr is listed simply as an athletics intern.
OSU tonight confirms hire of former UK HC & Browns Asst Coach Joker Phillips to support position for Urban Meyer. Has no on-field duty.
Of the two, Phillips is the more experienced. Now 53, he began his coaching career as a G.A. at Kentucky, his alma mater, and eventually spent six seasons as a full-time receivers coach for the Wildcats in the early 1990s.
He also coached at Minnesota, Notre Dame and South Carolina before returning to Lexington as an assistant and eventually rising to head coach in 2010.
Make that four new additions to Texas’ 2016 recruiting class in late June.
The school announced Wednesday that Patrick Hudson, an in-state offensive lineman from Silsbee, has signed a financial aid agreement and is expected to enroll in Austin in July when the second summer session begins.
Hudson is a four-star prospect and the 50th-best player in the country according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
He signed with Baylor in February but was granted a release from his letter of intent after a report accusing members of the school and athletics department of mishandling accusations and incidents of sexual assault delved the school into controversy.
J.P. Urquidez and brothers Devin and Donovan Duvernay also signed with the Longhorns in the past week.
“We’re really excited to have Patrick joining our program,” Texas coach Charlie Strong said in a release. “Patrick coming to Texas, along with J.P. and Donovan earlier this week, are tremendous additions to an already impressive class of 2016. Patrick and J.P. are two big, physical, talented linemen, and Donovan is an explosive athlete who has played on both sides. We’re looking forward to getting them on campus and working with the team.”
Urquidez is also a four-star offensive lineman while Devin Duvernay is a four-star receiver and Donovan Duvernay is a three-star athlete per 247Sports.
Texas’ class is ranked seventh nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12 as Strong looks to put a rocky start to his tenure behind him and return the Longhorns to national prominence.
They start the season with a visit from Notre Dame on Sept. 4.
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