Longhorns rally to defeat Texas Tech, 35-31
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Colt McCoy threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns, and No. 5 Texas erased a three-touchdown deficit to beat Texas Tech 35-31 on Saturday night.
The Longhorns (8-1, 5-0 Big 12) won their 20th straight conference game and 17th consecutive road game, but didn't take their first lead until early in the fourth quarter when McCoy threw a 28-yard touchdown to Quan Cosby to make it 35-31.
Tech (5-4, 2-3) had chances in the final 6:14. Twice the Red Raiders failed on fourth downs inside Texas 35. Both plays -- a completion to Joel Filani and a quarterback sneak by Graham Harrell -- came up just short and were reviewed but the officials' spots were upheld.
The second opportunity came after Jamaal Charles fumbled for a second time, this one coming at his own 24, and Tech's Jake Ratliff recovered. But Tech failed to take advantage of the turnover when Harrell's sneak came up short.
Harrell completed 42-of-62 passes for 519 yards and three touchdowns. He threw one interception, his first since throwing five in games against Missouri and Colorado.
Texas put more pressure on Harrell in the second half, enabling the Longhorns to hold the Red Raiders scoreless. Harrell had been nearly perfect in the first half. He got the Red Raiders inside the Texas' 20-yard line only twice in the second half.
Jarrett Hicks had his best game of the season with nine catches for 156 yards.
Turnovers nearly doomed Texas, which fumbled five times and lost three.
Tech jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, helped along by a fumble recovery by Blake Collier on Charles' first fumble. He was hit at the Red Raiders' 25.
Harrell went to work quickly. He completed passes of 32, 23 and 12 yards before hitting Eric Morris for a 3-yard score to put Tech up 14-0 midway through the period.
It got worse for the Longhorns. Deep in his own territory, McCoy threw an interception -- only his fourth this season -- right into the arms of Fletcher Session, who lumbered 19 yards to give the Red Raiders a three-touchdown lead.
The Longhorns went to their running game and scored on their next two possessions and caught a break when Scott Derry forced a fumble after Joel Filani caught a 15-yard pass. A penalty gave Texas the ball at the Tech 45 and on the first play McCoy threw a touchdown pass to Limas Sweed to cut the deficit to 24-21.
In the first half Texas gave up 10 plays of 16 yards or longer, the longest a 40-yard pass from Harrell to Hicks on a drive that ended with a field goal by Tech.
The Longhorns' pass defense looked feeble as it gave up more yards in the first half (364) than they have in any game this season.