AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas Tech kicker Trey Wolff hit two clutch field goals to lift the Red Raiders to a 37-34 overtime win over the Texas Longhorns on Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock.
Wolff nailed a 20-yard kick to end the first overtime period and give the Red Raiders their first win over the Longhorns since 2017. Wolff made a 45-yard kick with 0:21 left in the ballgame to give Texas Tech a 34-31 lead, but the Longhorns rallied with a 4-play, 46-yard drive to get into field goal range.
Longhorns kicker Bert Auburn tied the game at 34-34 with a 45-yard field goal as time expired in regulation. Tarique Milton made a tremendous catch down the sideline for 28 yards to help set Auburn up.
However, on the first play of overtime for Texas, the usually sure-handed Bijan Robinson fumbled the ball and Texas Tech’s Reggie Pearson recovered it. Red Raiders quarterback Donovan Smith lead his team down to the 1-yard line to set up Wolff’s game-winner.
“We didn’t play good enough to win today,” Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian said. “Our inability to get off the field defensively was a real factor. We couldn’t create a turnover. All the credit in the world to Tech, they did a great job. We didn’t play a brand of football we’re accustomed to.”
Texas Tech was 6-for-8 on fourth down and Smith ended the game with 331 yards on 38 for 56 passing with a pair of touchdowns. Smith also had 15 carries for 42 and a score. Myles Price reeled in 13 catches for 98 yards for the Red Raiders.
The Red Raiders had six drives of 10 plays or more and ran 100 plays on the day to Texas’ 60 to keep the Longhorns’ playmakers off the field — and the defense on the field.
“We got tired,” Sarkisian said. “Over time, 100 plays is 100 plays in 90-degree weather.”
One of Texas’ best defensive players, Moro Ojomo, didn’t make the trip due to an ankle injury he suffered earlier in the week.
Xavier Worthy, the deep threat at wide receiver for Texas, didn’t play in the second half after he appeared to suffer an injury in the second quarter of the game. Sarkisian said it was a lower leg injury and X-rays didn’t show a break.
“We hope to have him back sooner than later,” he said after the game.
Texas had a 31-17 lead midway through the third quarter, but Texas Tech engineered an 11-play, 75-yard drive and scored on a short run with 1:55 left in the frame to get it within one score. With 7:54 left in the game, Texas Tech tied the game at 31-31 after Smith hit tight end Baylor Cupp for a 19-yard touchdown.
Hudson Card ended the day for the Longhorns with 277 yards on 20 of 30 passing with two touchdowns and an interception, chipping in 24 rushing yards on three carries. Robinson broke 100 rushing yards for the second consecutive game with 101 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns.
It’s the first time since 2017 Texas Tech has beat the Longhorns, ending a 4-game winning streak for the Horns.
“We had an opportunity to put them away and we couldn’t do it,” Sarkisian said. “It’s frustrating because I know we’re better than how we played today. Give all the credit to Tech; they kept fighting and they won the ballgame.”
The Longhorns (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) hosts West Virginia next week. Texas Tech (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) goes to The Little Apple in Manhattan, Kansas to take on Kansas State next week.
OT1: On the first possession of the overtime period, Bijan Robinson fumbled and Texas Tech recovered it. The Red Raiders moved the ball to the 1-yard line with their possession, and Trey Wolff nails a 20-yard field goal to win the game for Texas Tech. What. A Game. Red Raiders 37, Longhorns 34
0:00 4Q: Auburn drills the 48-yard field goal and we have bonus football. It’s tied at 34-34 after regulation. WOW!
0:02 4Q: Ja’Tavion Sanders 8-yard catch gets the ball down to the TTU 29. Here comes Auburn for the tie.
0:06 4Q: Tarique Milton makes an incredible catch for 28 yards down the sideline to get out of bounds. What a play!
0:21 4Q: TTU’s Trey Wolff with a 45-yard field goal to give the Red Raiders a 34-31 lead. That was the 96th play of the game for TTU. Wow. Red Raiders 34, Longhorns 31
1:19 4Q: UT’s Jarrin Thompson gets hit for defensive holding to get TTU closer. It’s 1st and 10 on the Texas 30.
2:08 4Q: Texas Tech converts a 4th down for the sixth time today with a pass from midfield for 6 yards to Myles Price. Wow!
4:08 4Q: Texas Tech has run 90 plays with that 2-yard rush by Brooks to Texas’ 56 so far. The Texas defense has been on the field for what seems like an eternity today under the West Texas sun.
5:33 4Q: Texas has to punt after the 3rd down pass is incomplete. TTU takes over at its own 17-yard line. Getting down to winning time here. Who’s going to make the big play?
6:40 4Q: A pass interference penalty bails Texas out on a 3rd-and-5 incompletion. Oh goodness.
7:54 4Q: Smith finds Baylor Cupp for a 19-yard TD. That was Smith’s 52nd pass of the game. Better ice the arm after this one is over. PAT good. Longhorns 31, Red Raiders 31
8:12 4Q: Smith makes another great play with a 6-yard scramble to convert 4th-and-5. New set of downs for the Red Raiders from the Texas 19. It’s the fifth conversion on fourth down for TTU. Incredible.
9:23 4Q: Texas has to punt from the back of its own end zone and TTU has tremendous field position at the Texas 30-yard line.
10:18 4Q: Byron Murphy eats up two blockers inside and the Longhorns stuff Smith on the QB run to take over on downs. Vernon Broughton on the stop. Horns have it on their own 2
12:11 4Q: Smith hits Trey Cleveland for a 35-yard gain down to the Texas 8-yard line.
End 3Q: Longhorns 31, Red Raiders 24. Red Raiders have it 2nd-and-1 on their own 41-yard line to start the fourth quarter.
0:26 3Q: Texas punts for the first time today. Red Raiders take over on their own 32.
1:55 3Q: TTU’s SaRodorick Thompson with a 1-yard TD run to cap an 11-play, 75-yard drive. PAT good. Longhorns 31, Red Raiders 24
4:27 3Q: Bijan Robinson turns the corner and bursts down the sideline for a 40-yard TD. Incredible balance and footwork to stay in bounds. 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:49. PAT good. Longhorns 31, Red Raiders 17
5:40 3Q: Another great play by Card, this time on a 22-yard scramble to convert another 3rd-and-long
Really good play by Card to step up in the pocket and find Casey Cain for a 3rd-and-9 conversion. 14-yard play to get it to the Texas 40
8:16 3Q: 14 plays and 59 yards later, TTU gets a 37-yard field goal. Longhorns 24, Red Raiders 17
12:48 3Q: The Red Raiders stop the Longhorns on fourth down. Wow. Roschon Johnson’s wildcat run is stopped short. TTU takes over on its own 32.
14:38 3Q: Texas Tech goes for it on 4th-and-5 from their own 40 and the pass is low. Longhorns take over with a short field
14:55 3Q: DeMarvion Overshown is back in the game for the Horns after serving his first-half suspension for a targeting penalty last week.
Halftime: Longhorns 24, Red Raiders 14. Card is 13-18 for 203 yards with a couple of scores. Texas holds TTU to 180 total yards in the first half.
0:24 2Q: Bijan Robinson cuts in and out of the defense for an 8-yard TD. PAT good. Longhorns 24, Red Raiders 14.
0:29 2Q: Longhorns get a chunk play from the short pass to Roschon, but he runs to make it a 24-yard play down to the TTU 8. Horns in great shape with all 3 TOs to get points here
0:57 2Q: Texas Tech calls a timeout as Ja’Tavion Sanders takes a Card pass for 8 yards to the Texas Tech 48-yard line
4:35 2Q: Longhorns defense makes another stop and forces a punt. Worthy makes the return a little interesting by taking it on a short hop, but Texas takes over on their own 18-yard line up a field goal
6:07 2Q: Card finds Xavier Worthy wide open behind the TTU defense for a 39-yard TD. PAT good. Longhorns 17, Red Raiders 14
9:22 2Q: Red Raiders can’t turn the INT into any points as D’Shawn Jamison and Barryn Sorrell chase Smith out of bounds. TTU shanks a punt and the Longhorns take over on their own 31.
11:05 2Q: Card intercepted by TTU’s Reggie Pearson and he returns it to the TTU 45. Pearson playing a little center field there. Can of corn for him.
12:06 2Q: Smith to Tahj Brooks on playaction for a 17-yard TD. Brooks wide open out of the backfield. 13-play, 83-yard drive, 4:46. PAT good. Red Raiders 14, Longhorns 10
13:01 2Q: The Longhorns return the favor and commit pass interference to give the Red Raiders a first down. TTU has it on the Longhorns’ 42
13:56 2Q: A holding penalty wipes out a Texas Tech 1st-down pass and turns it into 2nd-and-23.
End 1Q: Longhorns 10, Red Raiders 7. TTU’s Donovan Smith is 12-13 for 72 yards and TTU has the ball on its 40 to start the 2nd quarter.
1:52 1Q: Bert Auburn hits a 40-yard field goal, but the play before Card stepped up into a 3-man pass rush and got sacked. He walked off the field a bit gingerly. Longhorns 10, Red Raiders 7
And Texas Tech sends the kickoff out of bounds and that’s not ideal for the Red Raiders. Longhorns take over on their own 35-yard line
5:41 1Q: Tech goes for another 4th down, this one 4th-and-goal from the 4, and Smith powers his way into the end zone. 17-play, 75-yard drive that took 7:55 off the clock. PAT good. Longhorns 7, Red Raiders 7
9:10 1Q: Texas Tech converts a 4th-and-7 with a Donovan Smith pass to Xavier White that was right on the sticks. What a call early on by TTU coach Joey Maguire.
13:37 1Q: Hudson Card lobs a playaction pass out to Keilan Robinson for a 35-yard touchdown. 3 plays, 62 yards. 1:24. PAT good. Longhorns 7, Red Raiders 0