LUBBOCK, Texas — Freshman backup quarterback Davis Webb threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Bradley Marquez with 3:48 remaining to lead Texas Tech to a 20-10 victory over No. 24 TCU on Thursday night.
The score came after the Red Raiders (3-0, 1-0 Big 12) thought they’d scored on a 49-yard TD pass from Webb to DeAndre Washington, but he dropped the ball at the half-yard line. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty took them back to the TCU 14. Two plays later, Webb hit Marquez.
TCU (1-2, 0-1) scored its only touchdown when B. J. Catalon ran in from 17 yards to make it 10-all with 6:28 remaining
TCU’s Trevone Boykin went 23 for 36 for 194 yards and two interceptions.
Baker Mayfield, Texas Tech’s starting quarterback, left the game in the fourth quarter with what appeared to be a leg injury. He went 21 of 40 for one touchdown and 216 yards. He threw three interceptions.
Webb went 3 for 4 for 77 yards and a touchdown.
“That’s about as ugly as you can win, but we’ll take it,” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said.
Ryan Bustin made a 37-yard field goal to put the game out of reach with 2:43 remaining.
The Frogs had their chances. A 69-punt return for an apparent touchdown by Brandon Carter in the fourth quarter was called back after officials ruled he’d signaled for a fair catch.
Carter had another punt return wiped out — a 28-yarder in the third quarter on a clipping penalty.
Mayfield threw his third interception early in the fourth quarter off a tipped ball and into the hands of Derrick Kindred. But TCU got no points off it when Jaden Oberkrom missed wide right on a 55-yard field goal try.
TCU put together its first sustained drive of the game early in the second half but got only a field goal to pull within 10-3 with 6:01 remaining in the third quarter. The Frogs looked in good position for another score after Carter returned a punt to the Red Raiders 46. But a clipping penalty by TCU’s Dominic Merka moved the ball back to the TCU 41 and the Frogs failed to get a first down and punted.