AP

Smith TD in 2nd OT gets Texas Tech past No. 25 Houston 33-30

Sep 10, 2022, 5:55 AM | Updated: 6:43 pm

Texas Tech fans stand on the field after Texas Tech defeated Houston in overtime in an NCAA college...

Texas Tech fans stand on the field after Texas Tech defeated Houston in overtime in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Justin Rex)

(AP Photo/Justin Rex)

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Donovan Smith put Texas Tech at risk of losing with his arm.

The sophomore quarterback rescued the Red Raiders with his legs.

Smith ran 9 yards for a touchdown in the second overtime, lifting Texas Tech to a 33-30 victory over No. 25 Houston on Saturday.

A back-and-forth finish ended with the Red Raiders (2-0) beating a ranked nonconference opponent in the regular season for the first time since 1989, a span of 14 games.

It was the last meeting between the former Southwest Conference rivals before they become league foes again when the Cougars move from the American Athletic to the Big 12 next year.

After Houston’s Bubba Baxa opened the second OT with a 20-yard field goal, Smith broke into the open field and ran untouched to the end zone, sending Texas Tech students and fans streaming onto the field.

Baxa kicked a go-ahead 35-yard field goal with 37 seconds remaining in regulation after Gervarrius Owens returned Smith’s third interception to the Texas Tech 21 in the final two minutes.

Smith answered with a 27-yard scramble on the next play, sparking a drive to a tying 47-yard field goal from Trey Wolff with three seconds to go. Wolff replaced Gino Garcia, who missed from 45 earlier in the fourth quarter.

“It’s always what coach (Joey) McGuire preached, you could look at this game and that’s exactly what he said, ‘What’s next?'” said Smith, who threw for 351 yards with three picks and six sacks that cut his rushing total from 86 to 28 yards.

“That’s something I did this game. Everyone on the sideline was encouraging and, ‘Hey, what’s next? We got this, we don’t got to worry about nothing.”

The Cougars (1-1) erased a 17-3 halftime deficit, getting even early in the fourth quarter when Jayce Rogers stepped in front of a pass from Smith and returned it 54 yards for a TD. Still, Houston’s 12-game regular-season winning streak ended.

Houston had 11 penalties for 121 yards, including two personal fouls on the same possession that twice let the Red Raiders keep the ball when the Cougars would have taken possession in the first half.

“Just a whole lot of stupid stuff,” coach Dana Holgorsen said. “Stupid, stupid, undisciplined stuff. I don’t feel like we deserved to win. With that said, I was very proud of our team in how we just kept fighting.”

Houston also trailed by two touchdowns in the second half of another overtime game in last week’s opener, rallying from 21-7 down entering the fourth quarter for a 37-35 double-overtime victory over UTSA.

“It was chaos,” Houston quarterback Clayton Tune said. “It felt a lot like last week, obviously other than the outcome. We’ve just got to be prepared to play till the clock says zero.”

Both teams scored touchdowns in the first overtime after backing themselves up. Smith converted on fourth-and-20 with a 21-yard completion to Jerand Bradley. The Red Raiders forced the second OT on Tahj Brooks’ 4-yard scoring run.

Tune faced second-and-21 to open overtime before a 19-yard completion to Nathaniel Dell, who had seven catches for 120 yards and a 35-yard punt return. Three plays later, he threw a 15-yard TD pass to Matthew Golden.

THE TAKEAWAY

Houston: Before the Cougars made it two-for-two in overtime games this season, so did UTSA. The Roadrunners also rallied from a two-touchdown deficit in the second half Saturday, beating Army 41-38 in OT.

Texas Tech: Smith was up and down in his first full game since Tyler Shough again was sidelined by a shoulder injury in last week’s 63-10 victory over Murray State. The sophomore struggled at times in the first half before TD passes of 43 yards to Nehemiah Martinez and 54 yards to Myles Price gave Texas Tech its two-touchdown lead.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Cougars slid a spot after last week’s victory over UTSA, and figure to fall out now. It’s unlikely Texas Tech will get many Top 25 votes, if any. But the Red Raiders play another ranked team next week in their first road game at N.C. State next Saturday.

THE BACKS

Lead Houston running back Ta’Zhawn Henry exited early with an injury, and Brandon Campbell filled in with 80 yards and a touchdown. Brooks also had 80 yards and a score.

UP NEXT

Houston: The home opener next Saturday is a second consecutive game against a future Big 12 opponent with Kansas visiting.

Texas Tech: If playing a ranked N.C. State team feels familiar for longtime Texas Tech fans, it’s because the last time a ranked nonconference opponent played in Lubbock before this win over Houston was Philip Rivers and the Wolfpack in 2002. N.C. State won 51-48 in overtime.

___

More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25. Sign up for the AP’s college football newsletter: https://apnews.com/cfbtop25

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Associated Press

Ex-Packer Guion gets 1 year for domestic violence assault

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion was sentenced to one year in jail after pleading no contest in a domestic violence assault at his home last fall. Brown County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Walsh also ordered Guion on Tuesday to serve three years’ probation and complete a domestic […]

1 year ago

Joe Jarzynka...

Associated Press

Durant eager for Suns debut vs. Hornets after knee injury

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Durant has been through quite a bit during his 15-year NBA career — but joining a new team midway through the season is a new one for the 13-time All-Star. The 34-year-old Durant doesn’t seem all that worried. Durant makes his highly anticipated Phoenix Suns debut on Wednesday night against […]

1 year ago

FILE - Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores stands on the sideline during the second half of an N...

Associated Press

Judge: NFL coach can press discrimination claims in court

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Coach Brian Flores can pursue some of his discrimination claims against the league and its teams in court rather than through arbitration, a judge ruled Wednesday. The written decision by Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan was issued months after lawyers for the league tried to get the lawsuit moved to […]

1 year ago

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Alex Stalock cools off in the first period during an NHL hockey game ...

Associated Press

Kane trade reinforces hard reality of Blackhawks rebuild

CHICAGO (AP) — After days of speculation, the harsh reality of the Chicago Blackhawks’ situation was reinforced by one move in a flurry of transactions ahead of the NHL trade deadline. Showtime is over, at least in Chicago, and a seemingly bright future is, well, way off in the distance. The reverberations of Chicago’s decision […]

1 year ago

FILE -  Yves Jean-Bart, president of the Haitian Football Federation, wearing a protective face mas...

Associated Press

Disgraced ex-Haitian soccer president announces he’s back

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s former soccer federation president whose lifetime ban from sport over sexual abuse allegations was overturned last month announced Wednesday that he is reclaiming his position. Yves Jean-Bart’s defiant announcement could lead to a standoff with FIFA, which already has appointed an emergency management committee to lead the Haitian Football Association […]

1 year ago

FILE - Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers walks off the field after an NFL football game against the ...

Associated Press

Rodgers says decision on future will come ‘soon enough’

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers says he will make a decision on his future “soon enough” as the four-time MVP quarterback ponders whether to play next season and if his future remains with the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers, 39, discussed his future while speaking on an episode of the “Aubrey Marcus Podcast” that […]

1 year ago

Smith TD in 2nd OT gets Texas Tech past No. 25 Houston 33-30