RECAP: Texas Tech 38, Houston 21

Eric Monroe


Texas Tech

1-0, 0-0



0-1, 0-0

Score by quarters
Texas Tech

Game Summary: Football | | Associated press

HOUSTON – Tyler Shough represented two touchdowns, Tahj Brooks he ran 134 yards and two touchdowns, and Texas Tech beat Houston 38-21 in the season opener for both teams on Saturday night.

Shough finished 17 of 24 for 231 yards passing with a touchdown and ran for another marker in his debut with the Red Raiders. The Oregon transfer scored on an 8-yard touchdown with eight minutes left in the third quarter to start an unanswered 31-point streak for Texas Tech.

Erik Ezukanma had seven catches of 179 yards for Texas Tech, which surpassed Houston 376-251.

Houston’s Clayton Tune ended up going 27 of 38 for 174 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted four times. Nathaniel Dell caught seven passes for 80 yards and one touchdown.

Texas Tech tied at 21 with 7:20 for the end of the third quarter Riko Jeffers got a touchdown on a 13-yard interception return. Jonathan Garibay scored a 34-yard field goal to give the Red Raiders a 24-21 lead with 36 seconds left in the third.

Xavier White he took a 3-yard TD pass from Shough, and Brooks, who scored 41 yards in the second quarter, rushed to get a 44-yard TD with a minute to leave it on ice.

Tune was limited to a 16- and 75-yard game with a 1-yard quarterback to give Houston a 7-0 lead and 6:30 of the first quarter. After the Cougars recovered a kick, Tune found Dell wide open in the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown to extend Houston’s lead to 14-0 with two minutes left for the first.

Tune connected with Seth Green to get a 9-yard TD pass with 23 seconds left in the second quarter to give the Cougars a 21-7 lead at halftime.


Texas Tech: The Red Raiders won their fourth straight game against Houston. The Texas Tech defense dominated Houston in the second half, keeping the Cougars at 53 yards and forcing four points and three losses. Texas Tech finished with 17 points from turnovers.

Houston: The Cougars fought in the running game, with 87 running yards, but 49 of them coming from the back. Houston was 5 of 15 in third downs, including 1 of 7 in the second half.


Houston bet on her three times for fourth in their first unit, converting each time. Each of the fourth and 1 plays were thrown, with Tune converting twice and Mulbah Car converting the third. Houston used this aggression and the consequent kick to keep the ball for the first 13 minutes of the game. Texas Tech got its first moment by subtracting 2:04 in the fourth.


Texas Tech: The Red Raiders will host FCS Stephen F. Austin on Saturday.

Houston: The Cougars will travel around the city to face rival Rice on Saturday.

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