By Chois Woodman
The Texas Tech (3-0, 1-0) defense held strong drive after drive as the Red Raiders defeated No. 24 Texas Christian (1-2, 0-1) 20-10 on Thursday night at Jones Stadium in Lubbock.
The Red Raider defense allowed 401 total yards of offense game, but it forced two turnovers and gave up only one touchdown in the game. TCU was also 0-2 on fourth down attempts and 3-16 on third down attempts.
In a game where the offense was not at its best, the defense rose to the occasion Tech linebacker Terrance Bullitt said.
"Whenever the offense isn't clicking, defense has to step up," he said. "If we're not clicking, offense has our back. We're a team. As a team we're a force to be reckoned with."
Tech freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield played like a freshman for the first time this season as he faced his toughest test in the 2013 season with the TCU defense. Mayfield went 21-40 for 216 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.
But Mayfield injured his leg with about 6 minutes left in the game and freshman quarterback Davis Webb came into the game led the Red Raiders to what turned out to be the game winning drive. Webb hooked up with Bradley Marquez on a 19-yard touchdown pass to cap off the drive.
Marquez said he was glad his number was called at that point in the game.
"I had a go called and was able to get a beat on him and keep him on my back shoulder it was just a beautiful ball by Davis Webb," Marquez said. "Those kind of balls you don't drop, so I just had to make a play when it came my way.
Webb finished the game 3-4 for 77 yards and one touchdown.
Kenny Williams had the other touchdown for Tech in the game with a 50-yard reception off of the arm of Mayfield on the first drive of the game for the Red Raider offense.
Tech tight end Jace Amaro had a career-high in catches and had the game-high in receiving yards with 97.
The Horned Frog defense held the Scarlet and Black to just 336 yards of total offense, and Amaro said TCU had a good defensive game plan.
"They rolled coverage," Amaro said. "I know that they were double-teaming me and Eric [Ward] almost the whole game and they did a great job of that. They did a good job of stopping our run with their four defensive lineman. That's something that we really need to pick up is our run game."
The Red Raiders did not run the ball very well, but were able to use the rushing game to help put the game away.
DeAndre Washington led the team with 19 yards on eight carries.
On the defensive side of the ball, J.J. Gaines had a big game. The sophomore defensive back had seven tackles and also had an interception off of TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin. Defensive lineman Jackson Richards also had an interception in the game.
Tre Porter and Will Smith led the team with nine tackles each.
The crowd of 58,702 definitely factored in to the win helping cause several false starts. TCU had 13 penalties that cost the Horned Frogs 115 yards in the game.
With more than 16,000 students in the crowd, Tech broke the record for student attendance for the second straight week.
TCU has the week off for its bye week before a match-up with Souther Methodist on Sept. 28.
Tech gets ready for its final non-conference game on Sept. 21 against Texas State.