Sloppy play, decisions put Tech in trouble

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Tommy Tuberville showed off his Riverboat Gambler moniker, trying to convert a fourth-and-1 from his own 34-yard line, despite holding a 35-20 lead. The Red Raiders fumbled the center-quarterback exchange and turned the ball over.

Tuberville's call was a questionable one, especially against an offense in SMU that hasn't been extremely effective for most of today's game.

Facing a fourth down of their own, SMU inched to within 35-27 after a sure interception slipped through the hands of a Texas Tech defender and into the arms of SMU's Cole Beasley.

The Mustangs forced a punt and have the ball on their own 6-yard line with a chance to tie.