Red Raiders survive scare, win 37-31

The Red Raiders held on Saturday afternoon to win in overtime over a determined Nebraska team 37-31. Graham Harrell finished the game 19-24 for 260 yards and 2 touchdowns, with both touchdown passes going to Michael Crabtree.

Texas Tech was expected to blow out a Nebraska team that had lost 52-17 last week to Missouri. The Cornhuskers had other plans.

Texas Tech was able to get on the board first on a 35 yard TD pass from Graham Harrell to Michael Crabtree with 4:49 left in the first quarter. Nebraska blitzed on several third downs and Tech caught them with a jailbreak screen which freed Crabtree for the score.

The score was Crabtree's 9th touchdown reception on the season and 31st of his career, breaking the previous Texas Tech record of 30 set by Jarrett Hicks.

Nebraska answered back on their next possession, with a 15 play, 85 yard drive, with Quentin Castille running in for the 4 yard score.

The Red Raiders would rattle off the next 10 points with a field goal by Donnie Carona and a 4 yard touchdown run by Shannon Woods, building a 17-7 lead as they headed in for halftime.

Crabtree caught his second touchdown pass of the day with 4:47 left in the third, on a 4 yard slant pass.

Tech took a 24-10 lead into the 4th quarter, but Nebraska would answer quickly.

The Red Raiders had stopped the Cornhuskers inside the red zone and Nebraska lined up for the field goal. The holder rolled out and hit a wide open tight end and put Nebraska at 1st and goal on the 1.

Quarterback Joe Ganz punched it in from there to pull the Cornhuskers within 7 at 24-17.

Nebraska held Tech to a 3 and out on their next possession and after a Tech punt, promptly marched down the field to tie the game at 24-24. One of the biggest plays of the game came on the next drive, on a 4th and 4 from the Texas Tech 36. Harrell came in with the intention of trying to draw Nebraska offsides. The Nebraska defensive lineman jumped offsides, but got back in time preventing a penalty.

The Red Raiders snapped the ball thinking they would get the penalty, but it never came.

Harrell ended up finding Crabtree for a 47 yard gain all the way down to the Nebraska 17.

Harrell would get the score on a 1 yard QB sneak to put the Red Raiders up 31-24.

Nebraska got the ball back with 2:21 left to try and tie the game.

Quarterback Joe Ganz orchestrated a terrific drive, which ended with a 17 yard touchdown pass to Todd Peterson, sending the game into overtime.

The Red Raiders got the ball first in overtime and were able to score on a 1 yard run by Eric Morris, but Donnie Carona's extra point was blocked.

Joe Ganz threw an incomplete pass on first down bringing up 2nd and 10. On 2nd down, Ganz attempted a short pass to his right side but it was picked off by Jamar Wall and giving Texas Tech the victory.

The Red Raiders next game is against Texas A&M at Kyle Field at 11 am. The game will be televised by FSN.

Attendance: 53,449


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