LUBBOCK, Texas — — Texas Tech kicker Trey Wolff had fans ready to celebrate like they hadn’t in 14 years with what they thought was the game-winning goal in the final seconds.
Turns out they just had to wait a little longer.
Wolff kicked a 20-yard field goal in overtime.lifting the Red Raiders over No. 22 Texas 37-34 after they overcame a two-touchdown deficit in the second half but blew a lead in the last minute on Saturday.
Texas’ Bijan Robinson fumbled on the first play of overtime, and Donovan Smith drove the Red Raiders to the 2-yard line before Wolff’s game-winning punt in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
The Red Raiders (3-1, 1-0) thought Wolff’s 45-yard kick for a 34-31 lead with 21 seconds left in regulation was enough for their first home win over Texas since the Michael Crabtree’s last-second catch beat the top. ranked Longhorns in 2008.
The Longhorns (2-2, 0-1) had other ideas.
Hudson Card’s 28-yard pass to Tarique Milton pulled the Longhorns closer with six seconds remaining, and they picked up another 10 yards on a quick pass with two seconds left. Bert Auburn’s 48-yard kick as time expired forced overtime.
Texas Tech fans might have had flashbacks from two years ago, when the Red Raiders failed to hold a 56-41 lead over Texas in the final three minutes of regulation in a 63-56 overtime loss at the same time. countryside.
“I saw how much time they had left, so I was kind of slowing down the celebration,” Wolff said. “We’ve been in the situation with Texas where we have to wait until the clock says zero, zero, zero. That’s what we did. Luckily we had that opportunity again in extra time”.
Texas Tech beat the Longhorns in a Big 12 opener for the first time in six tries and ended a six-game losing streak at home. Fans stormed the field after Crabtree’s fueled win, and did it again on saturday after Wolff’s winner.
“In the end they asked me what it means to us,” said Texas Tech freshman coach Joey McGuire, a lifelong Texan facing the Longhorns for the first time. “It means we’re 1-0 in the Big 12. I’m excited to beat Texas. Do not misunderstand. But I’m more excited to be 1-0.”
Robinson’s 40-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave Texas a 31-17 lead, but the Red Raiders responded with their third touchdown drive of at least 10 plays.
Smith kept the tying drive alive with a 5-yard cut run on fourth-and-4 before his 19-yard pass to Baylor Cupp to tie it 31-31 midway through the fourth quarter.
The Red Raiders, who also beat a ranked opponent in Houston in overtime in their previous home game two weeks ago, converted fourth downs on five of six drives in regulation, going six of eight overall.
“They forced us a little bit when they went up 31-17,” McGuire said. “They were huge. If we don’t do that, we don’t have enough time to get back in the game and definitely win the game.”
For the Longhorns, the loss recalled the first three games of a six-game losing streak that soured coach Steve Sarkisian’s debut in Texas last season. They had double-digit leads in all three losses.
“Give Texas Tech a lot of credit,” Sarkisian said. “They played it aggressively. Our inability to get off the field was a real factor. And we couldn’t put their quarterback on the ground.”
Still limping at times due to the high ankle sprain he sustained after starter Quinn Ewers sprained a collarbone against No. 1 Alabama, Card threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns with Ewers looking in uniform on the Texas sideline.
Robinson had 101 yards and two TDs before the crippling Heisman Trophy error in hopes of starting overtime.
Smith threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns. Myles Price caught 13 passes for a career-high 98 yards, including a 5-yarder on fourth and 3 on the way to what the Red Raiders thought would be Wolff’s game-winning kick in regulation.
It could be Texas’ last trip to Lubbock depending on whether the Longhorns leave early for the Southeastern Conference in 2024. The schools talk of continuing a rivalry that has played out for 63 straight seasons.
“There’s a reason they don’t want to, and it happened today,” McGuire said. “But we should. It should be in all sports. Let’s just talk about revenue and sales.”
THE TO GO
Texas: This was Sarkisian’s chance to build momentum for the program two weeks after a one-point loss at home to then-No. 1 Alabama. Now the Longhorns will have to try again in two weeks against their biggest rival, No. 6 Oklahoma.
Texas Tech: The Red Raiders mostly stuck to high-percentage shooting on methodical drives with Smith after the sophomore threw five interceptions in the previous two games. He threw no interceptions in 56 attempts, completing 38 for an average of 8.7 yards per completion.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Texas: Hosts West Virginia next Saturday.
Texas Tech: The only back-to-back road games of the season begin at Kansas State next Saturday.