No. 18 Texas Tech pulls 3-OT win at TCU, 56-53

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TCU's Josh Boyce carries the ball against J.J. Gaines of the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 20, 2012. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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by STEPHEN HAWKINS

Associated Press

Posted on October 20, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 20 at 8:40 PM

FORT WORTH (AP) — Seth Doege tossed a touchdown pass in each of the three overtime periods, giving him seven for the game and helping No. 18 Texas Tech beat TCU 56-53 on Saturday after blowing a late 10-point lead.

The game-winning pass was an 8-yarder to Alex Torres, which came four plays after freshman Jaden Oberkrom's Big 12-record sixth field goal had put TCU ahead. Both teams scored touchdowns in the first two overtime periods.

TCU (5-2, 2-2), the Big 12 newcomer, has lost consecutive home games in a single season for the first time since it dropped its final two home games of 1998. Two weeks ago, the Horned Frogs lost their first Big 12 home game to Iowa State.

Doege hit Torres in the middle of the end zone to end the game with the most combined points ever for Texas Tech, and the second-most for TCU. He threw a 6-yard TD pass to Eric Ward in the first overtime, and a 25-yarder to Jakeem Grant on the first play of the second extra period.

Doege completed 30 of 42 passes for 318 yards and Texas Tech (6-1, 3-1) quickly became bowl eligible a year after its first losing season since 1992. The Red Raiders were coming off an impressive 49-14 victory over then-No. 5 West Virginia.

After upsetting third-ranked Oklahoma last season, Texas Tech followed with five losses in a row that ended a Big 12-record streak of 18 consecutive seasons of bowl eligibility.

It almost let this game slip away.

Tech led 36-26 when Kenny Williams busted loose for a 47-yard touchdown run with 4:06 left in regulation. That came after TCU was held to a three-and-out following Doege's 8-yard TD pass to Torres and 2-point conversion.

Trevone Boykin threw a 60-yard TD pass to LaDarius Brown with 2:25 left before the Frogs failed to recover an onside kick. But they held to Tech to 1 yard before a punt, setting up a nine-play, 56-yard drive capped by Oberkrom's 42-yard field goal with 18 seconds left.

Boykin, the redshirt freshman who this month replaced second-year starter Casey Pachall, was 26 of 44 for 332 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.

TCU had the first shot in overtime, and Boykin threw an 8-yard TD pass to Josh Boyce on the fourth play. Ward's third TD catch, a 6-yarder, tied the score again.

Tech lined up in a wildcat formation to start the second overtime, but the ball was then pitched to Doege, who threw it to Grant for the score. Boykin responded with a 7-yard TD pass to B.J. Catalon.

Ward had six catches for 61 yards.

Skye Dawson had 10 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown for TCU, a 19-yarder less than 2 1/2 minutes into the game.

After falling behind 17-7, the Red Raiders went ahead with two touchdowns in a span of just over 3 minutes in the second quarter. They recovered an onside kick and got the second score in that span after a replay review overturned an official's ruling of incomplete pass.

Moore had a 33-yard touchdown catch even with defender Kevin White right with him. That was only three plays after Moore was called for offensive pass interference when he pushed off the same cornerback to make a catch, the penalty wiping out a nearly 25-yard gain to the TCU 22.

Tech then caught TCU by surprise with an onside kick it recovered at midfield.

That led to Ward's 29-yard TD catch, when he was initially ruled out of bounds after making a leaping grab and then falling down on the far side of the end zone. But officials reviewed the play, which showed Ward's right elbow had landed in the end zone before the rest of his body came down on the line for a score that made it 21-17.

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