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Morton throws 2 TDs, Taylor-Demerson has 2 INTs as Texas Tech beats TCU 35-28

Thu, Nov 2, 2023

Morton throws 2 TDs, Taylor-Demerson has 2 INTs as Texas Tech beats TCU 35-28

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Behren Morton threw for 282 yards and two touchdowns, with the go-ahead 44-yard score to Drae McCray with 10 1/2 minutes left, and Dadrion Taylor-Demerson's second interception was a game-clincher in the final minute as Texas Tech beat TCU 35-28 on Thursday night.

Tahj Brooks ran for 146 yards on 31 carries, his sixth 100-yard game this season to become the first Texas Tech running back to surpass 1,000 yards in a single season since DeAndre Washington in 2015.

The Red Raiders (4-5, 3-5 Big 12) won for the first time in nearly a month. They had lost two games in a row before last weekend's open date.

Josh Hoover, in his third start for TCU filling in for injured Chandler Morris, completed 32 of 52 passes for 353 yards and a touchdown. But his second interception with 55 seconds left ended a potential game-tying drive when Taylor-Demerson picked it off at the Tech 19.

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Emani Bailey ran for two touchdowns in third quarter for the Horned Frogs, his 2-yard TD putting TCU up 21-20. But he finished with only 57 yards rushing, after coming in averaging 106 per game.

Taylor-Demerson's first interception, in the final minute of the third quarter, gave the Red Raiders possession at the TCU 16 and set up Brooks' 9-yard TD run before Morton's 2-point conversion throw to wide-open Jerand Bradley for a 28-21 lead.


TCU: Since their undefeated 12-0 regular season last year, the Horned Frogs have gone 5-7 in their last 12 games since. The Frogs will have to win two of their last three games to avoid a losing season and to get bowl eligible. And two of those games are against Big 12 co-leaders No. 7 Texas and at No. 10 Oklahoma.

Texas Tech: Morton, who completed 28 of 36 passes, has been dealing with a sprained right shoulder since getting hurt Sept. 23 at West Virginia. He played through that for three games before taking advantage of an extended break. He didn't play Oct. 21 at BYU before last week's open date. ... The Red Raiders had lost four in a row in the series, since winning in 2018 the last time the two teams played on a Thursday night.


TCU: Plays the first of consecutive home games Nov. 11 against Texas.

Texas Tech: At No. 22 Kansas on Nov. 11.


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