- On Texas Tech’s opening drive, quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw a ball over the middle on fourth-and-9. UT safety Dylan Haines flew into center field and made an interception. Haines now ranks second in school history with 200 interception return yards.
- Talk about great timing. In the first quarter, defensive tackle Paul Boyette swatted down a ball at the line of scrimmage on third-and-6 and forced Tech to punt. Then during the ensuing TV timeout, Boyette’s wife, Imani, was honored on the field for winning the Honda Inspiration Award. She’s averaging 13.3 points for the eighth-ranked UT women’s team.
- Cornerback John Bonney has struggled in coverage at times. But he made a solid play to knock the ball away from Ian Sadler as Charles Omenihu recovered at the Tech 28. The Horns scored two plays later.
- Penalties were a huge killer early. Tristan Nickelson’s holding penalty wiped out a huge catch by John Burt. Then, Alex De La Torre was called for an illegal block in the back on Daje Johnson’s 27-yard punt return.
- With Longhorns dropping left and right due to injuries, the offense needed something big. Swoopes came on for the injured Jerrod Heard. On third-and-12 from the UT 17, he fired deep for Lorenzo Joe, but the ball was beyond Joe’s outstretched fingers. Texas had to punt.
- Mahomes read Texas in a corner blitz and threw a short swing pass to Devin Lauderdale, who turned on the jets. Duke Thomas was out of position to make the tackle. Davante Davis took a bad angle in the middle of the field. Jason Hall barely got a hand on the back of Lauderdale’s jersey and shoved him out of bounds. A short-designed play wound up getting 59 yards.
OFFENSIVE PLAY OF THE GAME
- Running back Chris Warren has waited patiently for his chance to shine. That’s exactly what he did by breaking through the line, getting into the open field, busting through five tackles and racing 91 yards for the longest touchdown run by a freshman in school history. Warren also scored on a 21-yard run up the middle in the third quarter.
DEFENSIVE PLAY OF THE GAME
- Hard to tell which category this goes in and for which team. In what was easily the play of the game, Mahomes threw a deep ball that appeared to be intercepted by UT’s Holton Hill. But Lauderdale smashed into Hill, the ball popped loose and it flew straight into Jakeem Grant’s arms. The Tech receiver caught the ball mid-air around the Texas 37 and raced in for an improbable 65-yard touchdown.
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