Texas Tech's defense looked like it would have to carry the day against Florida International. Though the first quarter it was 7-7, and the only points from Texas Tech came on a pick-six by safety Muddy Waters. Then, the Red Raiders reeled off 28 points in the third quarter and got to 47 before Tyler Shough was pulled with a 47-21 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Shough set or tied career highs for completions, attempts, passing yards, completion percentage with at least 10 attempts in a game, and touchdowns. It wasn't a perfect night from Shough, but the protection was worlds better in Week 3, and the production reflected that. There were also 11 Red Raiders who caught passes from Shough after a knock early in the season being that there was too much reliance on Erik Ezukanma.

It wasn't just that Texas Tech scored four times in the 2nd quarter; it's how they did it. The Red Raiders had drives of 7 plays for 80 yards, 3 plays for 75 yards, 6 plays for 68 yards, and 12 plays for 61 yards. It was a brilliant mix of sustained drives combined with the big plays that Texas Tech has been too reliant on thus far this season.

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Texas Tech also had the realization that they had tight ends on the roster against the Panthers. Travis Koontz had a career night with six catches for 56 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman tight end Mason Tharp also had a big night, recording his first collegiate catch and touchdown, finishing with three catches for 61 yards and the one score.

Texas Tech finished non-conference play 3-0 and is in a great position to get bowl eligible in 2021. They'll open conference play next weekend against Texas in Austin at 11 a.m.

Highlights: Texas Tech vs Florida International (September 18th, 2021)

See big plays and hard hits from the Red Raiders' third game of the 2021 season against the Florida International University Panthers.

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