AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Longhorns’ win at Texas Tech had some huge momentum swings. According to Charlie Strong, the biggest of swings was actually a Red Raiders touchdown.
On Monday, D’onta Foreman received the award everyone expected, earning the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week award. Foreman tallied 341 rushing yards against the porous Texas Tech defense, but it was the bizarre play involving a Foreman fumble that looked like it might turn the game in to a Texas Tech win.
Up by 2 and on their way to another score, on 3rd and 24, Foreman was stripped at the goal line. Texas Tech’s Douglas Coleman took it 100 yards the other way for a Red Raiders touchdown.
It was what almost happened that got the Longhorns going. Freshman wide receiver Devin Duvernay nearly ran Coleman down from not only a bad angle, but from behind– that effort caught Strong and the team’s attention
“(It) could’ve been a swing where we couldn’t recover…(the team)watched his effort then everybody on the sideline kind of got juiced just looking at his effort to try and run the guy down,” Strong said. “Everybody on the sideline thought Duvernay would go get him…like he’s going to catch him. Just to look at his effort…they said you know what, why don’t we all play like that. It was just a shot in the arm for us. I told him that was the play that helped us win this football game.”