Published: Sat, November 25, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Texas Tech expected to give McLane Carter first career start at QB

Texas Tech expected to give McLane Carter first career start at QB

The Texas Tech head coach came into this game with his seat hotter than ever.

Carter will start Friday's game against Texas, The Dallas Morning News reports.

The Longhorn drive started with a fake reverse, with sophomore wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey passing to freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger along the right sideline for a 27-yard gain to the Texas Tech 48. A loss would have likely meant an end to to Kingsbury's tenure with the Red Raiders. Shimonek led the Red Raiders down the field and tossed a 13 yard touchdown pass to TJ Vasher. The Red Raiders scored 2 plays later on a 13 yard pass from Shimonek to Cameron Batson that was ultimately the game victor.

Texas punter Michael Dickson, a Ray Guy Award finalist, punted nine times for 458 yards. And maybe because the Red Raiders simply had to have this one.

Gary Johnson came out of nowhere to drop Carter for a 4-yard loss on Tech's opening drive, forcing a third-and-10; Tech threw incomplete on third down and had to punt.


The Longhorns extended their lead to 23-13 with a Rowland 40 yard field goal at the beginning of the 4th quarter. Young finished as the Longhorns leading rusher with 55 yards on 13 carries. Ehlinger finished with 239 yards through the air.

Kris Boyd set up a touchdown with a 44-yard interception return down to Tech's 9-yard line.

Junior cornerback Davante Davis closed out the next Red Raider possession with 48 seconds remaining in the half, stepping in front of a pass at the Texas Tech 34 for his first interception of the season and taking it to the 20-yard line. Texas instead had to settle for 19- and 20-yard field goals.

Texas Tech's starting field position was a major problem, and it almost cost Texas Tech the game. The offense was unable to take advantage though, and the drive ended in a missed field goal. Rowland was flawless on the day and set a career high with three field goals. Shimonek threw the game winning touchdown pass to Cameron Batson with 1:47 left to play. Because the defense came up with those two season-saving interceptions in the final four minutes of the game. A few plays later, Ehlinger found Armanti Foreman on a slant for 27 yard touchdown for the games first score. Douglas Coleman intercepted Ehlinger again with 55 seconds left to play, which sealed the victory for Texas Tech.

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