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Texas Tech wins crazy penalty-filled Big 12 opener vs TCU

Jakeem Grant AP

There was a time not so long ago we lauded the Big 12 for their quarterback arsenal. The 2013 season is certainly painting a different picture early on. Thursday night’s Big 12 contest between Texas Tech and TCU was more of a defensive exhibition but did provide some late offensive highlights as Texas Tech moved to 3-0 with a 20-10 victory over the visiting Horned Frogs.

While we generally tune in to see what Texas Tech will do on offense, Thursday night was all about the defense. TCU picked off three passes from Texas Tech quarterback Baker Mayfield and managed to get just three points out of it. Mayfield later had to leave the game in the fourth quarter with an injury. Davis Webb came in to continue leading the offense and he soon had an impact when a tipped pass was hauled in by Deandre Washington, who then dashed down the left sideline for a 46-yard touchdown, or so it seemed. Washington dropped the football just before crossing the goal line and an official review marked the football at the 16-yard line thanks to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Texas Tech tacked on to the play. A holding penalty would later push Texas Tech back to the 21-yard line but Webb completed a pass to Bradley Marquez for a touchdown and late 17-10 lead.

On this night, that was enough to hold on for the win, but TCU may have some griping to do with the officials late in the game. A TCU punt saw a kick-catch interference called against the Horned Frogs that looked to be non-existent on a video replay. On the ensuing Texas Tech possession a late fumble recovery by TCU was not awarded even after an official video review despite Texas Tech already having run a play. Texas Tech kept the football and added a field goal to build a ten-point lead.

Penalties were everywhere in this game as well. The two teams combined for 23 penalties which accounted for 205 yards. It was a long night for all.

TCU will return home next weekend to play SMU. The Mustangs are struggling at the start of the year, entering the weekend with a 1-1 record boosted by a 31-30 victory over Montana State. TCU’s defense will continue to be the strength of the Horned Frogs this season, as expected. Nothing from Thursday night’s game suggested otherwise, but without Casey Pachall at quarterback it is clear the Horned Frogs are struggling on offense. That is an area that could take time before TCU can be a regular threat in the Big 12. But Gary Patterson is a good coach. Give him time and he’ll get something going.

Texas Tech will stay home for another in-state showdown next week. The Red Raiders will host Texas State, playing their second season at the FBS level. Texas State is off to a 2-0 start with wins over Southern Mississippi and Prairie View A&M and they will be coming off a bye week before making the trip to Lubbock. This should be a game that sees Mayfield calm down a bit and play closer to what we saw in the first couple of games.

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6 Responses to “Texas Tech wins crazy penalty-filled Big 12 opener vs TCU”
  1. gatordontplay says: Sep 12, 2013 11:28 PM

    tcu got royally fuc###

  2. southernpatriots says: Sep 13, 2013 12:40 AM

    Is this an example of Big 12 officiating? I have seen better officiating at junior high football games.

    I am sure TCU has videos of the game available. They need to appeal something here. The results of the game will not be overturned, but at least they will serve notice to all of the ineptness of the officials.

    Coach Patterson get on the phone and let somebody know.

  3. michaelrober40 says: Sep 13, 2013 12:55 AM

    Yeah because that’s why TCU lost was unfair penalties…haha. They couldn’t score. The penalties kept them from making the game closer and building steam, but make no mistake, they lost because they just couldn’t get the ball into the endzone.

    The very most they would have gotten would have been the ball after the “fumble recovery”. The fair catch being called back…yeah sorry but he motioned fair catch. Hell, Tech got the touchdown overturned because Washington dropped the ball and they got penalized….What happened? Oh that’s right they still scored. Hahahaha.

  4. bmmayhew says: Sep 13, 2013 8:24 AM

    The Refs clearly had the under.

  5. gatordontplay says: Sep 13, 2013 8:50 AM

    ive never been one to blame refs or call conspiracy but way to many things happen last night that significantly changed the outcome

  6. axltcu says: Sep 13, 2013 1:20 PM

    Everything about that game was awful. TCU was awful. TTU was awful. The refs were awful. The guy whose job it is to keep wild animals out of the stadium was awful. Everything about that game just plain sucked. Insanely frustrating game to watch.

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