We’re counting down the 10 best games of the year in the Big 12. Below is our pick for No. 10, in which an actual fox dashing along the stadium wall wasn't even the strangest thing that happened.
No. 10: Sept. 12 -- Texas Tech 20, TCU 10
It was one of the weirdest and sloppiest games of the entire Big 12 season, with several questionable officials calls affecting the fourth quarter. But Texas Tech’s 20-10 win over then-No. 24 TCU was wildly entertaining as well.
What happened: TCU had every opportunity to pull off the road win.
In the second half, TCU had two long Brandon Carter punt returns wiped out by penalties, including a 69-yard apparent touchdown that was called back after officials ruled he had signaled for a fair catch. The Horned Frogs had another chance for points when Texas Tech quarterback Baker Mayfield was picked off for a third time in Red Raider territory. But the TCU offense couldn’t capitalize and Jaden Oberkrom’s 55-yard field goal try missed right.
Thanks to TCU’s miscues, the game was still tied 10-10 going into the final five minutes. That’s when the Red Raiders took control, despite a major miscue of their own.
Backup Tech quarterback Davis Webb found DeAndre Washington on a short pass, and Washington raced 49 yards down the sideline for an apparent touchdown. Washington, however, dropped the ball at the half-yard line. Because of an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on top of the fumble, the ball was placed all the way back at the TCU 14. But Webb came right back with a gorgeous pass to Bradley Marquez at the back of the end zone for the game-winning touchdown. Tech forced TCU to punt on the ensuing possession and then drove down the field for a game-clinching field goal.
Player of the game: Webb, who had been beaten out by Mayfield for the starting quarterback spot during the preseason, replaced an injured Mayfield in the fourth quarter and was 3-of-4 passing for 77 yards, including the game-winning TD pass. The performance was a sign of things to come. Webb took over again when Mayfield stunningly announced he was transferring and was tremendous in Tech’s 37-23 upset of Arizona State in the National University Holiday Bowl.
Stat of the game: The two teams combined for 23 penalties and 204 penalty yards.
Quotable: "That's about as ugly as you can win, but we'll take it.” -- Kliff Kingsbury, after his first Big 12 victory as Texas Tech's head coach