THE VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX: Red Raiders dig a 7-point hole with mental lapses

Duffey interception, Kingsbury fourth-down risk swing lead to Longhorns

Two bad decisions — one by Texas Tech quarterback Jett Duffey and one by head coach Kliff Kingsbury — helped Texas put the Red Raiders in a 17-10 hole at halftime.

The Red Raiders led 7-0 in the first quarter when Duffey recovered an errant snap on second-and-goal from the 3, Duffey then scrambled and, in an apparent attempt to throw the ball away, he threw an interception to Texas’s Davante Davis.

The Longhorns responded with a 60-yard drive for a field goal, their first points of the game.

The second bad choice came late in the second quarter when Texas Tech faced a fourth-and-one from its own 34. Kingsbury rolled the dice and called a quarterback dive that the Longhorns stuffed.

Texas had plenty of time with 2:15 left before the break as it needed just four plays to move in for a touchdown. The Longhorns took a 10-point lead when running back Keontay Ingram ran two yards for the score.

Following Ingram’s touchdown, Texas Tech put together its second scoring drive of the half as Duffey needed just a minute to move the offense to the Texas 24. Red Raiders kicker Clayton Hatfield nailed a 41-yard field goal to cut Texas’s lead to seven with seven seconds to go in the half.

So the Red Raiders go to the break despite having out-gained Texas 211-169 in total yards in the first half.

Duffey, other than the interception, played well as he passed for 144 yards and a touchdown to T.J. Vasher. Duffey also ran for 56 yards.

His counterpart, Texas QB Sam Ehlinger, passed for 132 yards, but the Red Raiders dropped him for minus-26 rushing yards.

So the big question for the second half: Can Texas Tech continue to win the battles it did in the first half without the mental mistakes that cost the Red Raiders the lead?

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