False Hope

The Red Raiders had glimpses of greatness on Saturday, but it was not enough to hold off Mizzou.

Texas Tech had everything on its side heading into Saturday's meeting with Missouri, no head coach for the Tigers, leading rusher in Henry Josey out for the season.

The only thing the Red Raiders did not have on their side was the simple fact that the game was in Columbia where Tech has never won entering Saturday's meeting, and the Tigers were not going to let the Red Raiders change that streak.

At the beginning of the game it seemed as though Tech had come to play, win and make a statement against the Tigers.

Tech's defense, which has been one of the biggest among many issues the last three games, actually looked to be fired up and ready to play forcing Missouri to punt, and stopped the Tigers on the first five consecutive drives which Tech hasn't done since the 2010 meeting between the two squads.

Following getting the ball for the offense, Tech starting quarterback Seth Doege did something he hadn't done since the Texas game – drive the field with authority and end it with an offensive touchdown.

For the first three quarters this was the story for the Red Raiders and Tech looked to be the same team that upset then-No.1 Oklahoma only four weeks again in Norman, but not in the most important quarter in football – the fourth.

In the final 15 minutes of the game Texas Tech looked like the same ole' Red Raiders we have seen and have come to expect in the past three weeks – out of sync and worse.

Missouri outscored Tech 14-0 in the final quarter, which was just enough to seal the victory, but it did take some dramatic defensive plays to seal the deal in the end.

Texas Tech starting quarterback Seth Doege, who finished the game going 37-for-53 for 315 yards and one interception, looked good and almost finished off the game with a game-winning touchdown strike, until he made his only mistake of the game.

With less than 36 seconds left in the game and trailing 31-27, Doege stepped back and had one of his passes tipped and picked, which sealed the game for the Tigers and sealed their sixth win of the season.

With the win the Tigers find themselves bowl bound for the seventh consecutive season, and the Red Raiders are in danger of not being bowl eligible for the first time in 18 seasons and suffer a losing season for the first time since 1992.

The Red Raiders will look to take down a Baylor team that will be riding high following a huge upset win over No. 5 Oklahoma, clinching the Bears first win over the Sooners in program history.

Tech and Baylor kick off on November 26 at 6 p.m. inside Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.


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