LUBOCK, Texas (WNN) — Texas Tech and TCU were both coming off troubling losses when they played last weekend. They responded with varying results, and now face each other.
The Red Raiders (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) came back winning in West Virginia.
“As sad as we were, as upset as we were last week, we’re feeling better this week,” said Texas Tech coach Matt Wells. “What it needs to do now is push us to go back and start all over again.”
TCU (2-2, 0-1), which plays in Lubbock on Saturday night, lost to local rival SMU and then fell 32-27 against the same Texas team in their Big 12 opener last week as the week before. Was overwhelmed at home. Red Raiders, 70-35.
“Emotional three games, SMU, Texas and now Texas Tech. They won a good ball game last week. … Morgantown is a tough place to play,” said TCU coach Gary Patterson. “(in Lubbock) of the night It’s always hard to play the game. Get ready to go, that’s what we do.”
After traveling nearly 1,500 miles for the game and taking a 17-0 halftime, the Red Raiders still needed Jonathan Garribe’s 32-yard field goal with 18 seconds to spare and West Virginia 23–20. Won from They were without six starters, including top receiver Eric Ezukanma (concussion protocol) and lead rusher Tahaj Brooks (lower leg). Quarterback Tyler Shaw (broken collarbone) was already out by at least November.
“As a coach it’s so satisfying to pull these guys together and be so flexible, show a ton of patience,” Wells said. “Shows you the strength of the team, the strength of us.”
Texas Tech offensive coordinator Sonny Combi, the former Red Raiders quarterback who returned last December for his second coaching stint with his alma mater, got emotional this week on Patterson’s staff at TCU while discussing his last seven seasons. .
“Part of my maturity as a coach, a lot of it really is to him, a lot of the lessons I’ve learned from him, so I really appreciate Coach Patterson,” said Combi, who spoke about Said while doing . “He took a chance on me and really stood behind me.”
Patterson had one lesson that applies in particular this week.
“He taught me a lot of things for three hours about what you have to do to build your mindset to suit your opponent,” Combi said.
TCU sophomore Zach Evans has three consecutive 100-yard rushing games, and will try to become the first Horned Frog with four in a row since Lonta Hobbs in 2002. Evans ran 113 yards for 15 carries in the loss to Texas, while Big 12 rushing leader Bijon Robinson had 35 carries for 216 yards.
“I’ll never do a 35 carry game like they did with the guy in Texas, if you want to make it to four years,” Patterson said. “You have to be very careful about that. … He caught four balls, so he had 19 touches in the ballgame.
TCU quarterback Max Duggan ran 19 times for 154 yards and three TDs (3, 48 and 81 yards) against Tech last year.
away from home
TCU, playing their first road game of the season, are 44–20 (.688 win percentage) on the road since 2009. The Frogs have won their last three visits to Lubbock.
The Red Raiders are 43–16 (.728 winning percentage) in night games at home since 2002. … This is the fifth year in the renewal of the Battle for the Saddle Trophy. That unique trophy was first presented to the winning team from 1961–70, then disappeared in 2017 before a replica trophy was installed.
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