LUBBOCK — Sam Ehlinger threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Moore in overtime, sending No. 8 Texas to a wild 63-56 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday that saw the Longhorns rally with two touchdowns in the final 3 minutes of regulation.
Moore’s second touchdown catch came with 40 seconds left, and Ehlinger’s 2-point conversion pass to Brennan Eagles tied it to send the Big 12 opener into overtime. Texas (2-0) got the ball first and quickly scored when Ehlinger and Moore connected for their third score of the day.
Texas Tech’s overtime possession ended when Alan Bowman was forced to scramble on fourth down and threw a wild pass that was intercepted by Caden Sterns.
Texas (2-0), chasing its first Big 12 title since 2009, looked done when the Red Raiders went ahead 56-41 late in the fourth quarter on touchdowns from T.J. Vasher and SaRodorick Thompson Jr. But Ehlginer engineered a quick drive for a touchdown pass to Eagles, and the Longhorns recovered the ensuing onside kick to set up the tying score.
Texas is 2-0 for the first time under fourth-year coach Tom Herman.
Ehlinger finished with 262 yards passing and five touchdowns. He also ran for a score.
Bowman passed for 325 yards and five touchdowns but also threw three interceptions in the highest-scoring game in the history of the series.
The Longhorns’ comeback overshadowed a miserable performance by their defense under first-year coordinator Chris Ash. The Red Raiders amassed 441 total yards, 75 of which came on Thompson’s run to the end zone with just 3:13 remaining.
Texas Tech’s defense was just as dreadful down the stretch on a day in which it gave up 476 yards. Texas’ final two scoring drives of the fourth quarter covered a total of 101 yards in just 10 plays.
Up next for Texas is a date with TCU in Austin next Saturday, the same day Texas Tech visits Kansas State.