On Saturday night in Lubbock, the Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-4, 3-4) came from behind, and defeated the #12 Missouri Tigers (7-2, 3-2) by the final score of 24-17. After the game, a subdued Coach Pinkel talked about the loss.
"We had a chance at the end," said Coach Pinkel. "The defense put us in position to have a chance to win the game. But, we just didn't get it done......................... Obviously, I'm very disappointed. We had some missed throws, some drops. The execution was just very, very poor."
Missouri got off to a fast start, by getting back to running the football. The Tigers scored two 1st quarter TDs on the ground, on runs of 69 yards, by Marcus Murphy, and 71 yards, by Kendial Lawrence.
A series of mistakes prevented Missouri from pulling away in the first half. Penalties, dropped passes, and poor QB play plagued the Tigers throughout the final three quarters of the game.
Texas Tech inserted Taylor Potts into the game at QB, about midway through the 2nd quarter, replacing the former back-up Steven Sheffield, who had started this game. With Potts running the Red Raiders' offense, Tech then scored a late 2nd quarter TD, when Kip Edwards was beaten in man coverage near the goal line, a score that pulled the Red Raiders to within 17-10 heading into the locker room.
Tech took the 2nd half kick-off, and drove the length of the field, with Potts and Lyle Leong picking on Carl Gettis in the left corner of the end zone. After Tech forced a Missouri three and out, Tech drove back down, and Potts hooked up with Leong on a slant in the end zone, beating Gettis again, to put the Red Raiders ahead 24-17 midway through the 3rd quarter.
Potts had Tech back down in the red zone, knocking on the door, when Zaviar Gooden came up with an interception inside the five yard line, that turned the Red Raiders away. That seemed to revive the Missouri defense, after which they kept giving the ball back to their offense.
But, Blaine Gabbert continued to struggle, seemingly locking onto covered receivers, and ignoring the open ones. Jerrell Jackson and Wes Kemp took turns dropping passes, when Jackson wasn't being flagged for pushing off in an attempt to get separation from the tenacious Texas Tech defenders. You know, the 113th ranked Tech defense.
The Tigers' defense held Potts and the Red Raiders at 24, but Gabbert and the Missouri offense just couldn't get out of their own way. Gabbert finished 12-30-0 for 95 yards passing. The Tigers ran the football for 260 yards, and 2 TDs on 31 carries. For the game, Gabbert and the Missouri offense converted just 1 of 12 third downs.
Coach Pinkel talked about where to go from here. "That this happened won't define us," said Coach Pinkel. "What will define us is how we react to it."
FIRST QUARTER MIZZ TTU
TD 13:57 Marcus Murphy 69 Yd Run (Grant Ressel Kick) 7 0
TD 08:36 Kendial Lawrence 71 Yd Run (Grant Ressel Kick) 14 0
FG 06:39 Matt Williams 42 Yd 14 3
SECOND QUARTER MIZZ TTU
FG 05:10 Grant Ressel 27 Yd 17 3
TD 00:15 Detron Lewis 8 Yd Pass From Taylor Potts (Matt Williams Kick) 17 10
THIRD QUARTER MIZZ TTU
TD 12:40 Lyle Leong 16 Yd Pass From Taylor Potts (Matt Williams Kick) 17 17
TD 06:46 Lyle Leong 5 Yd Pass From Taylor Potts (Matt Williams Kick) 17 24
Team Stat Comparison Missouri Texas Tech
1st Downs 14 29
3rd down efficiency 1-12 10-23
4th down efficiency 0-2 1-1
Total Yards 355 485
Passing 95 287
Comp-Att 12-30 30-50
Yards per pass 3.2 5.7
Rushing 260 198
Rushing Attempts 31 51
Yards per rush 8.4 3.9
Penalties 6-57 6-57
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles lost 1 1
Interceptions thrown 0 1
Possession 20:19 39:41