Song’s Fourth Field Goal Pushes TCU Past Texas Tech

The Horned Frogs are one win away from bowl eligibility with two games to play


Jonathan Song's fourth field goal, a 20-yarder with 5:38 to play, gave TCU a 33-31 seesaw win over Texas Tech on Saturday in a battle of Big 12 teams fighting to earn bowl eligibility.

Song's final field goal was the third lead change of the fourth quarter in a game that TCU led 24-3. He also hit from 36, 28 and 25 yards. The senior is 21 of 22 on field goals and 38 of 42 for a career percentage of .905, best in school history.

Song's winning kick came after a 4-yard Horned Frogs touchdown pass from Max Duggan to Jalen Reagor was called back because of a pick penalty.

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Duggan passed for 323 yards and accounted for all three touchdowns for TCU (5-5, 3-4 Big 12). He threw touchdown passes of 55 yards to Jalen Reagor and 4 yards to Artayvious Lynn. Duggan ran for a 20-yard touchdown on the game's first possession.

Duggan ran for 75 yards, nearly leading the Frogs in rushing for the fourth time in the last five games.

"He scares me," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "I think in this day and age if a quarterback can't run, you're in a lot of trouble because everyone can play so many coverages.

Texas Tech's final possession after the field goal ended on one play. TCU's Vernon Scott forced a fumble by McLane Mannix, recovered by Trevon Moehrig at the Red Raiders' 29-yard line.

Trey Wolff's 24-yard field goal with 12:21 put Tech (4-6, 2-5) ahead 31-30.

Tech was unsuccessful on two 2-point tries beginning in the third quarter after Wolff missed a PAT in the second quarter.

"I usually don't go for two that early," Texas Tech coach Matt Wells said, "but at that point we really couldn't stop them on defense. It was looking like a tennis match."

Tech's Jett Duffey threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns: 70 and 32 yards to R.J. Turner, 33 yards to Erik Ezukanma and 26 yards to Dalton Rigdon.

The Red Raiders rushed for a season-low 69 yards with Jett running for 42. Running backs SaRodorick Thompson and Ta-Zhawn Henry combined for 27 yards on nine carries.

Amid the Tech rally, TCU cornerback Jeff Gladney was ejected for targeting on a tackle of Rigdon. On the following play, Duffey threw the 32-yard touchdown pass to Turner that pulled Tech, which trailed 24-3 early in the second quarter, within 27-22.

TCU: The Horned Frogs' defense, which went into play first in the Big 12, is 10 for 10 in holding opponents below their total offense average. Texas Tech went into the game averaging 478.6 yards and gained 402.

Texas Tech: With two conference games remaining, the Red Raiders are assured of their 10th straight losing Big 12 record.

TCU will visit Oklahoma next Saturday, seeking to end a five-game losing streak against the Sooners that includes the 2017 conference championship game.

Texas Tech will close its home schedule hosting Kansas State next Saturday.

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