Texas Tech’s offense failed to find the end zone for the first time since 2011 Saturday, as the Red Raiders were dealt a 27-3 home loss at the hands of No. 10 TCU.
The blowout loss — which marked the first time TCU had ever prevailed in consecutive trips to Lubbock — didn’t do many favors for Texas Tech’s morale entering the final week of the regular season.
The Red Raiders were named one of the week’s five “most miserable” teams on Sunday in USA Today’s latest College Football Misery Index.
USA Today columnist Dan Wolken called the loss “bad for a lot of reasons” — namely due to the fact TCU was down multiple starters and that the Red Raiders still haven’t clinched bowl eligibility with no home games left on the schedule. Wolken suggested the loss could even signal the end of Kliff Kingsbury’s tenure as head coach.
“That’s a game Texas Tech not just should have won, but desperately needed to win. And instead, TCU and true freshman quarterback Shawn Robinson basically controlled the things from start to finish. That’s a big blow to Kingsbury, whose $6.8 million buyout will probably keep him in Lubbock for another year. But then again, Texas Tech’s long-term investment in him when he was hired at age 33 just hasn’t yielded a whole lot…the program hasn’t done a lot of improving, much less had the kind of breakthrough year that should be happening right about now.” — Dan Wolken, USA Today
The Red Raiders’ woes ranged from a painfully botched field goal attempt to recovering just one of numerous TCU fumbles on the day.
When it was all over, the Saddle Trophy — which was reinstated for the first time in 47 years — was packed up and headed for Fort Worth.
Texas Tech will conclude its regular season with a road trip against Texas on Nov. 24. The Red Raiders will have bowl eligibility on the line as they head to Austin.