April 23, 2024


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Texas Tech atop Misery Index after late-game implosion against Texas

If you’re a Texas Tech fan, you’ve seen some things over the last dozen years that would make less hearty souls lose all faith in the idea that watching college football is an emotionally sound decision. 

From losing the most popular and successful coach in program history (Mike Leach) over an issue that had nothing to do with on-field performance to enduring a future U.S. Senate candidate who was practically mailing it in on the sidelines (Tommy Tuberville) to the Kliff Kingsbury era that was always better in theory than in practice, it’s been a pretty rough ride. 

But has there been anything quite as disheartening in terms of single-game impact than Saturday’s ghastly implosion against Texas? 

Though ESPN’s win probability tracker is far from a perfect scientific tool, the Red Raiders topped out at a 99.8 percent chance to win when they took a 56-41 lead with 3:13 remaining. 

For any team, the confluence of mistakes it would take to lose the game from that position are almost too unrealistic to take seriously.

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Texas Tech Red Raiders wide receiver Erik Ezukanma (13) and defensive back Travis Koontz (16) react after the game against the Texas Longhorns at Jones AT&T Stadium.

But somehow, Texas Tech found a way, which has to sting even more given that the Red Raiders have only beaten the Longhorns four times in the last 22 years. It was a rare opportunity for Texas Tech, and yet it slipped away in fairly straightforward fashion.

Here’s how: 

Down 15, Texas got the ball in good field position thanks to an ill-conceived pooch kick and scored on four plays with just 34 seconds coming off the clock.