Ehlinger (6 TDs) rallies No. 8 Texas past Texas Tech in OT
Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger passed for five touchdowns, including the game-winning 12-yarder to Joshua Moore in overtime as the No. 8 Longhorns rallied to beat Texas Tech 63-56 on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas, in both teams’ Big 12 Conference opener.
Ehlinger racked up 262 yards passing and also ran for a touchdown. The Longhorns (2-0, 1-0 Big 12) scored the game’s final 22 points, including two touchdowns in the last 2:29 of the fourth quarter to send the wild game into the extra session.
Alan Bowman’s fifth TD pass of the game, a 18-yard strike to T.J. Vasher with 6:12 to play, was followed by SaRodorick Thompson’s 75-yard scoring run with 3:13 remaining, giving the Red Raiders a 56-41 lead, and Texas Tech looked to be in control.
But Ehlinger hit Brennan Eagles on a 12-yard score with 2:29 left and, after a successful onside kick, threw to Joshua Moore for an 18-yard TD with 40 seconds to play. Ehlinger then lofted a pass to Eagles for the two-point conversion to knot the score at 56.
Texas led 31-21 at the half on the strength of Ehlinger’s two TD passes (a 31-yard strike to Moore and a 3-yarder to Brenden Schooler), a 2-yard touchdown on a quarterback keeper and a 1-yard scoring plunge by Roschon Johnson.
Texas Tech (1-1, 0-1) countered in the first half with a pair of touchdown passes from Bowman (who threw for 325 yards) to KeSean Carter, covering 13 and 22 yards , respectively, and Bowman’s 19-yard TD hookup to Erik Ezukanma.
The Longhorns’ D’Shawn Jamison fumbled a punt at the UT 18 after Texas Tech’s first possession of the third quarter and the ball rolled into the end zone, where the Red Raiders’ Xavier Martin fell on it for a touchdown to cut the Texas lead to 31-28.
Texas responded with a special-teams score of its own, as Tyler Owens blocked a punt that was returned for a 2-yard TD by Jahdae Barron, expanding the Longhorns’ advantage to 38-28.
Bowman hit Vasher on a 29-yard touchdown with 44 seconds to play in the third quarter before Thompson’s 10-yard scoring run on the final play of the quarter.
–Field Level Media