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Kingsbury: Duffey mentally tough to lead Texas Tech to win over TCU

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Texas Tech hoisting the Saddle Trophy after the game, photo: Rob Verby, FOX34 Texas Tech hoisting the Saddle Trophy after the game, photo: Rob Verby, FOX34
FORT WORTH, Texas -

The Red Raiders escaped TCU with a win in a game that came down to the wire. 

At halftime Texas Tech had only 40 yards passing. Coach Kingsbury opted to pull Jett Duffey for McClane Carter to start the second half. But Carter's high ankle sprain still isn't completely healed.

Duffey then hit Ja'Deion High for a 62-yard touchdown pass. Duffey later scored the go-ahead touchdown with a 38-yard touchdown run.

"Coach Patterson does such a great job, mixing things up," Kingsbury said, "and really kept us out of rhythm all night. And we hit 'em on a couple plays that the stars aligned and we got lucky. 

"I was really proud of Jett. That's such a hard situation, first start ever, then at halftime we're gonna try something else. Then have to be put back and to find a way to dig deep, be mentally tough enough to handle that, make enough plays to win the game. I can't say enough about his mental toughness."

The Texas Tech defense forced three turnovers, including an interception that ended TCU's final possession. 

Texas Tech is now 4-2, 2-1 in Big 12 play. Up next is Kansas next Saturday, 2:30 p.m. at Jones Stadium.

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