HOUSTON -: Tyler Shough represented two touchdowns, Tahj Brooks rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns and Texas Tech beat Houston 38-21 in the season opener for both teams 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.
Texas Tech coach Matt Wells said Shough was solid and had good eyes.
“He saw what he needed to see and communicated it clearly,” Wells said. “She was OK. … It was accurate and stirred a bit. I think the sky is the limit for him.
Erik Ezukanma had seven 179-yard catches for Texas Tech, beating 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.
“We didn’t do a very good job in the second half from an offensive perspective,” Houston coach Dana Holgorsen said. “This is one of the worst halves I’ve ever been apart of. I recognize it; I own it; and we will work hard to try to fix it. “
Texas Tech tied at 21 with 7:20 left in the third quarter when Riko Jeffers scored 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 for the third.
“The first half hurt us,” Jeffers said. “We had some flying covers in which we made mistakes. We corrected it in the locker room, talked to our coaches and communicated better in the second half. That’s why we did what we did in the second half. “
Xavier White grabbed a 3-yard TD pass from Shough, and Brooks, who had a 41-yard score in the second quarter, rushed to get a 44-yard TD with one minute left to leave it on ice.
“That game was a two-half story,” Wells said. “I was proud of our players for the way they came out of the break, their endurance and never hesitated. They stayed together, they played together and to get out of the race they did in the second half, my hats to these players ”.
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.
FOOD FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP
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.
“We got more pressure on the quarterback in the second half,” Wells said. “I think we tightened the screws in high school a bit. I think Riko’s choice of six was a big boost for us. “
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.
AGGRESSIVENESS OF THE FIRST QUARTER
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.
“We were tall and I felt good with the momentum,” Holgorsen said. “(The kick) was there. We play to win, and it has worked and put us in front ”.
Texas Tech: The Red Raiders will host Stephen F. Austin on Saturday.
Houston: The Cougars will travel around the city to face rival Rice on Saturday.