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Texas Tech Falls to Missouri 31-27

Jamie Squire, Getty Images
Jamie Squire, Getty Images

The Texas Tech Red Raiders fell to the Missouri Tigers Saturday afternoon 31-27 for Tech’s fourth straight loss and sixth overall, moving the Red Raiders record on the season to 5-6.

It’s the Red Raiders first four-game losing skid since the 1993 season.

The loss gave Texas Tech a 2-6 record in the Big 12, ahead of only the Kansas Jayhawks who are winless in conference play at 0-8 after falling to Texas A&M Saturday 61-7.

The Red Raiders played a strong first half taking a 17-10 lead into halftime, after a 1-yard rush from Bradley Marquez and a 3-yard scamper from Seth Doege.

The Tigers lone touchdown of the first half came when quarterback James Franklin carried it in from 5-yards out for his first of four scores.

Whatever Missouri defensive coordinator and stand-in head coach Dave Steckel said at half-time must have lit a fire under his guys because the Tiger offense looked like a different team, while the Red Raider defense reverted back to the team post Oklahoma.

Texas Tech came out from halftime and extended the lead to 20-10 off a 33-yard field goal from Donnie Carona.

Missouri cut Tech’s lead to 20-17 with a little over four minutes left in the 3rd quarter, but the Red Raider offense was able to respond at the end of the quarter with their final score of the game when Seth Doege completed a 24-yard pass Darrin Moore to make it 27-17.

It was all Tigers in the 4th quarter though.

Franklin threw his second touchdown pass of the game to Marcus Lucas to cut Texas Tech’s lead to three, 27-24, with 12 minutes left in the game.

Missouri then took their first lead of the game with 2:22 left when Franklin scampered in from 9-yards.

The Red Raiders were driving and had a chance to score and regain the lead, but it wasn’t to be as a Missouri defensive lineman tipped Doege’s pass with 32 seconds left from the 7-yard line to clinch the win for the Tigers.

It was the first turnover of the game for Texas Tech.

Stat wise Mizzou’s Franklin was 13 for 20 for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns, but he did he most of his damage on the ground carrying the ball 20 times for 152 yards and 2 more TD’s.

Doege was 37 of 53 for 315 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.

He became the 11th quarterback in Texas Tech history to pass for over 4,000 career yards, as Doege’s thrown for 4,071 yards in 17 career games at Tech.

Doege is now 9th in career passing completions (397), 10th in career passing attempts (590), 9th in single-season passing yardage (3,644) and is now tied for 10th in single-season passing touchdowns (25).

For Texas Tech’s post game notes on the loss click here.

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