Texas Tech Quarterback Tyler Shough threw 399 yards and four touchdown passes to bring a 54-21 victory over Florida International at Jones AT & T Stadium on Saturday.
After the first quarter, the Red Raiders made four touchdowns in the second period to get out of a tight match and score 264 yards along the way. They finished the night at 580 yards.
Shough was an effective catalyst for Texas Tech (3-0) on the most aggressive night of the year. He spread the ball to 11 receivers and completed 8 passes, going to 26 of 35, twice in a row.
The Red Raiders needed the spark after lagging behind 7-0 in the first quarter. Panthers (1-2) blended a power run by D’vonte Price with a deep throat by Max Bortenschlager to splice an 88-yard drive. The price rushed into the end zone at 6:27 and took a 7-0 lead in the opening quarter.
Meanwhile, the Texas Tech attack fought. The Red Raiders’ first two belongings ended with a punt, and when the FIU was driven into a three-out, Returner Adrian Fly muffed the ball and returned it to Panther.
But when Texas Tech’s defensive back Marquis Waters picked up Boltensschlager’s pass, found sunlight on the sideline, and dashed 72 yards for a touchdown return, the game changed with the next snap. I did.
The FIU was in the field goal range with subsequent possessions, but Chase Gabriel’s kick was big to the left and the Panthers never recovered.
The Red Raider offense was tied at 7 yards and started gearing in the second period with four consecutive touchdown drives covering 80, 75, 68 and 61 yards. Shaf completed a 12-of-13 pass 217 yards in that span and touched down to Travis Koontz and Tray Cleveland twice. Tahj Brooks hastened other scores.
Texas Tech continued to move the ball after half-time, sandwiching field goals and touchdowns around the 3rd TD of the FIU in the 3rd period. Backup quarterback Henry Colombi took over, designing the final scoring drive and finishing with a 19-yard scanper.
Bortenschlager completed 12 of the 27 throws with 190 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 pick.
Now and then
Texas Tech has added two names to the Ring of Honor at the stadium in half-time. One is a name familiar to modern football fans, and the other is a thing of the Red Raiders’ past. The Elmer Tarbox was a three-sports letterman at Texas Tech from 1937 to 1939, a co-MVP of the Cotton Bowl in 1939, a pilot of the B-25 bomber in World War II, and a Silver Star. And won both Purple Heart. He later represented Texas from 1967-77. Meanwhile, Michael Crabtree won the Billetnikov Award twice as a top college football receiver with 231 passes in 2007-08 with 3,087 yards and 41 touchdowns. He spent 11 years in the NFL, the last of 2019.
FIU: I lost my second game on many road trips to Texas and it looked bad in the process. Unable to get Price on track (51 rushyards), the attack was furious after making a promising start against the first Power 5 enemy faced this season.
Texas Tech: The slow-start trend continued for three weeks in a row, but Red Raiders got out of funk much better than the first two games, completing the first perfect unconference season since 2017.
The Panthers will head to the road again on September 25 to head to central Michigan.
The Red Raiders will be competing in the Big 12 Conference Play in Road Games on September 25th in Texas.
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