LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Texas Tech appeared well on its way to not just beating, but knocking around the nation's top team.
Then, the Red Raiders let Texas of the hook. Down by 19 at
halftime, the Longhorns got three touchdowns by early in the fourth
quarter to pull within 29-26.
And when Colt McCoy engineered an 80-yard scoring drive late in
the final quarter to give the Longhorns their first lead, 33-32,
with 89 seconds remaining, Texas Tech's moment appeared to have
slipped away. The Red Raiders were staring at a fifth straight loss
to Texas and another wasted chance to remake their reputation as a
good but not great team.
With a throw by Graham Harrell and a catch and run by Michael
Crabtree that will go down in Texas Tech history, the Red Raiders
rearranged the pecking order of the Big 12 and became a serious
entry in the national title race.
The Red Raiders jumped to No. 2 in the AP Top 25 on Sunday and
previously top-ranked Texas fell to No. 5.
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