Washington leads Texas Tech in wild win
AUSTIN, Texas — DeAndre Washington ran for 173 yards and two touchdowns and Texas Tech overcame a breakout performance from Texas freshman tailback Chris Warren III as the Red Raiders beat the Longhorns 48-45 Thursday night for their first road win in the rivalry since 1997.
Warren set a Texas freshman record with 268 yards rushing and scored four touchdowns as Texas rallied from 10 points down in the third quarter to take the lead. Texas Tech then got fourth-quarter touchdown runs by Justin Stockton and Jakeem Grant.
Texas Tech (7-5, 4-5 Big 12) rolled up 665 total yards. The teams combined for nine touchdowns in the second half.
Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoopes, who came on for injured started Jerrod Heard in the second quarter, ran for 98 yards and two touchdowns.
The loss sent Texas (4-7, 3-5) to its second consecutive losing season under second-year coach Charlie Strong.
Even with Mahomes and Washington moving the ball, Texas Tech's defense couldn't do anything to stop Warren, who scored on runs of 91, 23, 21 and 8 yards. The 91-yarder in the second quarter was the fourth longest in Texas school history.
Warren kept pounding and slicing through one of the worst rush defenses in the country to keep Texas in the game. His final touchdown gave Texas a final chance, but Texas Tech recovered an onside kick with two minutes left and picked up a key first down on a run by Mahomes that allowed the Red Raiders to run out the clock.
Warren had only 18 carries on the season coming in and got the start because of injuries to D'Onta Foreman and Johnathan Gray.
The Longhorns got another blow when Heard left the game because of concerns about a possible concussion. He took several hard hits early and finally left after a sack when he was tackled around the legs and his head appeared to bounce off the ground.
For Texas Tech, it was another game of scoring in bunches and hoping to hang on. The Red Raiders defense has given up at least 40 points six times this season and was wearing down under the pounding from Warren and Swoopes.
SOUTH FLORIDA 44, CENTRAL FLORIDA 3: At Orlando, Fla., Quinton Flowers passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more as South Florida routed Central Florida.
USF (8-4, 6-2 American Athletic Conference) won for the seventh time in its last eight games and still has a chance to play in the conference championship game if UConn beats Temple Saturday night. UCF (0-12, 0-8) finished the season winless for the second time in 11 years.
Flowers completed 14 of 21 passes for 176 yards and had 87 yards rushing on 18 carries. He had scoring passes of 26 and 1 yard to Sean Price and a 4-yarder to Chris Barr. He scored on runs of 3 and 5 yards.
Marlon Mack picked up 102 yards on 18 carries for USF, his fourth-straight game over 100 yards.
UCF scored on its first possession, a 28-yard field goal by Matthew Wright, but didn't threaten again.