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*Trlica boots overtime field goal for Texas Tech win*
(24) TEXAS TECH 38, UTEP 35 (OT)
EL PASO, Texas -- After a pair of critical misses,
Alex Trlica got another chance to gain redemption.
Trlica booted a career-long 49-yard field goal in overtime and
Graham Harrell threw for 376 yards and two touchdowns to lead
No. 24 Texas Tech to a 38-35 triumph over Texas-El Paso.
The Red Raiders (2-0) followed last week's 35-3 route of SMU by
winning a shootout in their first trip here to face the Miners
since November 16, 1963. Texas Tech has won the last four
After sophomore safety Darcel McBath intercepted Jordan Palmer
to halt UTEP's possession in the extra session, Trlica ended the
game with his third field goal of the night, which bounced off
the left upright.
"They were in cover zero, trying to cover Johnnie Lee Higgins
Jr. on a slant route, which is stupid," Palmer said of the
interception "He beat them on the slant. I was just taking my
time trying to dump it to him and the defensive end batted it up
in the air and made a good play on it."
The Red Raiders were given two additional plays after time
expired in the fourth quarter because of penalties by the
Miners. However, Trlica's 51-yard field goal attempt was wide
left, setting the stage for overtime.
Texas Tech seemed to have the game in control before UTEP struck
in the waning moments of the fourth period. Palmer capped an
eight-play, 80-yard drive by hooking up with Johnnie Lee Higgins
for a 39-yard touchdown, tying the score, 35-35, with 1:02 to
The Red Raiders moved in front after Trlica missed a 34-yard
field goal with 3:33 left in regulation.
Harrell completed passes to Robert Johnson and Joel Filani to
reach the UTEP 28. Shannon Woods followed with a 19-yard run
before scoring from nine yards out with 7:10 remaining. Harrell
found Johnson for conversion moments later for a 35-28 lead.
After Harrell completed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Johnson to
give Texas Tech a 24-12 lead with 11:24 left in the third
quarter, Palmer completed six passes on the ensuing drive, which
was capped by a nine-yard TD run by Lorne Sam.
UTEP recovered Regan Schneider's onside kick and three plays
later, Palmer scrambled for 42 yards to the Red Raiders 3.
Following a timeout, Palmer connected a three-yard scoring pass
to Jake Sears for a 25-24 lead.
Harrell went 40-of-52 and Filani had 10 receptions for 169 yards
and a second-quarter touchdown for Texas Tech.
Palmer, the younger brother of Cincinnati Bengals quarterback
Carson Palmer, completed 34-of-51 passes for 334 yards and three
TDs. Higgins had 13 receptions for 162 yards and two scores
for UTEP (1-1).
"Offensively, we used just about every play in the playbook,"
UTEP coach Mike Price said. "The onside kick worked. The trick
plays worked and defensively, changing up from dime to nickel to
blitz kept them a little bit off-balance. I was very pleased
with everything but the outcome."