Texas Tech routed in 82-27 loss to No. 10 TCU
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury says he isn’t sure about the status of Davis Webb after his quarterback was injured against TCU.
He’s facing the same questions about his team after the Red Raiders allowed the most points in school history.
Trevone Boykin threw a school-record seven touchdown passes and the 10th-ranked Horned Frogs showcased a new fast-paced offense by scoring the most points in their history in an 82-27 rout of Texas Tech on Saturday.
It was TCU’s first win in three tries against the Red Raiders since joining the Big 12 two years ago. The 82 points are a Big 12 record for a conference game, and eclipsed the Tech school record of 66 points allowed twice in the last three games of 2011.
“You’ve just got to keep fighting,” said Kingsbury, whose team goes home to face Texas next weekend. “You get beat like that, there’s not a lot of words. So they’ve got to keep growing, keep trying to get better and we’ve got a big one next week at home.”
The Horned Frogs (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) topped their previous scoring high of 69 in the spread attack directed in part by co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie, a former Texas Tech quarterback who spent the past four seasons as an assistant at his alma mater.
They let the overmatched Red Raiders stay close for most of the first half, but that was mostly a defensive problem as the teams combined for 512 yards in the first quarter.
And after Webb was knocked out of the game with a left leg injury while Boykin was in the middle of throwing three touchdowns in about a 3-minute span of the third quarter, the Red Raiders (3-5, 1-4) were out of chances to keep up.
Kingsbury didn’t have an update on Webb after the ninth loss in the past 10 conference games for Tech.
“We took a punch to the face today,” safety Keenon Ward said. “And we can either fall back or we can get better this week against Texas.”
Boykin had two scoring tosses each to Josh Doctson and Deante Gray, who had a 92-yarder about 2 minutes before Ty Slanina caught a 57-yard touchdown that gave TCU a 61-20 lead midway through the third quarter.
TCU scored the most points by an FBS school since Oklahoma State beat Savannah State 84-0 on Sept. 1, 2012, and it was the highest total for a ranked team against an FBS opponent since No. 6 Wisconsin beat Indiana 83-20 on Nov. 13, 2010.
Boykin was 22 of 39 for 433 yards while setting a career high in yards passing for the second week in a row, this time needing just three quarters before he was replaced by Matt Joeckel.
“I think everybody was pretty amped up,” Boykin said. “These are one of the teams we haven’t beaten in the Big 12, and it was just time to pay those guys back.”
The touchdown that put TCU over 70 points for the first time was a pitch from third-stringer Zach Allen to Trevorris Johnson for a 4-yard score two plays after Joeckel limped off the field.
Johnson scored again to put the Horned Frogs over 80 with 1:16 remaining a decade after Cumbie led the Red Raiders to a 70-35 victory over the Horned Frogs, the most points allowed in Gary Patterson’s 15 seasons as coach.
TCU, which beat New Mexico 69-0 in its previous highest-scoring game in 2011, had a school-record 785 yards in its first win over Tech since a 12-3 victory in 2006.
The Horned Frogs set a series scoring record against an opponent for the fourth straight week, yet another payoff for Patterson after hiring Cumbie, who was on Kingsbury’s staff last year, and Doug Meacham in the offseason when he decided that he needed an offense that could keep up in the fast-paced Big 12.
“I know Sonny obviously very well,” Kingsbury said. “And coach Meacham does a tremendous job with the scheme. Just overall, incredible what they’ve done.”
After the last of four turnovers from the Red Raiders on an interception by Mahomes late in the third quarter, TCU’s Chris Hackett and Texas Tech’s D.J. Polite-Gray received offsetting personal foul penalties and were ejected for throwing punches. They will have to serve one-game suspensions.