FRISCO, Texas – Alan Bowman threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns, while Erik Ezukanma racked up 114 yards through the air en route to leading the offense to a 49-47 come-from-behind victory in the Texas Tech Spring Game Presented by Double Eagle held inside Ford Center at The Star.
The Red Raider offense trailed by 30-plus points at various points in the 30-minute showdown, which ended the first set of spring practices under new head coach Matt Wells. Tech used a modified scoring system that rewarded both sides of the ball for various achievements.
Bowman engineered a pair of late scoring drives to help power the offense to victory, finding Dalton Rigdon on a 62-yard strike and then Ezukanma on a two-yard strike at the end of regulation that tied the game. He finished 17-of-26 overall to lead the five quarterbacks who saw action.
With the score tied, Wells called both sides back on the field for a winner-take-all 2-point conversion to break the 47-47 tie. Offensive coordinator David Yost dialed up a run-pass option with Jett Duffey ultimately throwing a pop pass to a wide open Dax Neece over the middle for the conversion.
Duffey, who was 4-for-8 overall for 86 yards, previously led the Red Raiders on their first scoring drive of the afternoon earlier in the second quarter, which was largely boosted by a 48-yard bomb to Ezukanma that went all the way to the 2 yard line. Jax Welch snuck into the end zone from there, scoring on a two-yard run up the middle.
The defense, meanwhile, capitalized on five sacks - two of which from Nelson Mbanasor - and eight tackles for a loss, all of which resulted in two points each as part of the scoring system. Trey Gentry provided the largest scoring boost, picking off a Duffey pass late in the game (six points).
The Red Raiders will now turn their attention to offseason workouts over the next several months in anticipation of the Aug. 31 season opener against Montana State. Season tickets are still on sale through the Tech Ticket Office by calling 806-742-TECH or by visiting the ticket portal at TexasTech.com.