Tech takes down Houston on first road game, 27-24

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 24, 2017

Senior running back Justin Stockton ran 10 times for 102 yards, and junior running back Tre King ran for 98 yards on nine attempts, according to Houston Athletics.

Senior Nic Shimonek leads the nation with 463.5 passing yards while the Red Raiders are first in passing yards (496 per game) and total offense (620.5) and tied for fourth is scoring (54 points). Sophomore linebacker Jordyn Brooks also had an interception in the game, according to Houston Athletics. The high-scoring Red Raiders will try to snap the Cougar's home win streak - a FBS-best 16 straight. Howard and Yontz also each had one sack in the game.

For the Houston offense, junior quarterback Kyle Allen threw for 217 yards and one touchdown and had two interceptions. Barden knocked one in from 47 yards. Senior wide receiver Linell Bonner had seven receptions for 66 yards and one touchdown, and senior wide receiver Steven Dunbar had six receptions for 83 yards. Tech's drive led to a field goal, putting the Red Raiders up 3-0 against Houston with 9:57 left in the first quarter. It would be the only points Texas Tech would get from three Houston turnovers in the first half.

With more than 11 minutes left in the second quarter, Tech's Desmond Nisby ran in the first touchdown of the game. That would make it 13-0.

Texas Tech would punt with 3:30 minutes left, but would retain possession after a badger grab from redshirt freshman DeMarcus Fields. Then, Shimonek threw his first interception of the season that was caught by Terrell Williams, according to Houston Athletics. That would be the 5th Houston turnover of the game, allowing Texas Tech to milk the clock all the way down to under 1:45 and force Houston to use their timeouts. Houston would then punt on the next three drives before back-up quarterback Kyle Postma would lead the Houston offense to the first points of the Cougar second half. With 52 seconds left in the first half, Shimonek completed a 24-yard pass to Coutee to get on Houston's 25-yard line. After an incomplete pass in the end zone, Tech was forced to kick another field goal with four seconds before the half, but missed. Houston running back Duke Catalon ran the ball 13 times for 41 yards.

But the running game came up big in the second half.

At halftime, it was 13-10 Texas Tech.

Junior Keke Coutee recorded 11 catches for 161 yards, including a key 77-yard scoring play in the third quarter for the Red Raiders (3-0). That set up a Texas Tech 20-yard touchdown from Stockton himself.

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