Texas Tech Scores as Time Expires, Beats OU

The Red Raiders hadn't beaten Oklahoma in 5 years, but this time the past wouldn't repeat itself. Texas Tech ended their losing streak to the Sooners, winning 23-21 in front of a sold out crowd at Jones SBC Stadium.

It was senior night in Lubbock, Texas, and one senior would be given the opportunity to win the game for his team with 4 seconds left on the clock. Who better to call on then Taurean Henderson.

"I was very confident. You never know, though. I was a little nervous, too," Henderson said after the game about his 2 yard TD run. "I started out to score the touchdown, got hit, was laying on top of someone and just stretched out."

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops knew before the game that Henderson could cause trouble against the OU defense. "That was a big factor, I thought the biggest factor, in the first half," Stoops said. "But we knew coming in that Taurean Henderson was an excellent player. He made some awfully good plays and we missed some tackles."

Taurean finished the game with 109 yards on 16 carries and 1 touchdown.

Joel Filani led all receivers with 6 catches for 82 yards. Although Filani had a good game, Danny Amendola was the receiver who made the big plays on Tech's final drive. On 4th down with 3 yards to go from the OU 26 yard line, Cody Hodges' pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage when Amendola jumped in and fought the ball away from an Oklahoma defender to get the first down by the nose of the football. Danny also had an 18 yard completion that set Tech up with a first and goal from inside the 10.

After the game Coach Leach said he couldn't really put his finger on any one player who won the game for us. "It was a great team win," Leach said. "It wasn't pretty at times, but it was a win where we got contributions from all three sides."

This win will put Tech in great position to be selected by the Cotton Bowl to play a Sec opponent, likely Alabama. The Cotton Bowl will be played on January 2nd.


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