Texas Tech celebrates a touchdown by wide receiver Jakeem Grant during the first half at Royal Memorial Stadium on Thursday, November 26, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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With help from above, Texas Tech’s Jakeem Grant pulls in stunning TD catch

Posted November 27th, 2015

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The only way Jakeem Grant could explain it was divine intervention.

Texas Tech scored its first touchdown Thursday in spectacular fashion after Grant scooped up a muffed interception by Texas’ Holton Hill.

Pat Mahomes’ pass, intended for Devin Lauderdale, was off the mark and landed in Hill’s arms. But Hill never secured the ball before taking a shot from Lauderdale trying to break up the interception. The ball then ended up with Grant who scored easily from 65 yards out for a 7-3 lead.

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It was the most bizarre play in Tech’s 48-45 win at Texas and it left Grant stunned.

“It was just the hand of God and it was an unbelievable moment,” Grant said.

Texas defensive back Duke Thomas shrugged his shoulders and said, “you can’t do anything about that.”

“Those plays happen in football — fluke plays,” Thomas said. “You can’t rely on those type of plays to win the game. We knew that so we kept on battling.”

Grant finished with 105 yards receiving, passing Michael Crabtree for most yards in program history. With a bowl game still to be played, Grant has 3,164 yards — 37 more than Crabtree.

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