How did Texas Tech win the game?
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Texas Tech won its first SEC game of the season against Georgia Tech, beating the Yellow Jackets 20-17.
The Red Raiders will host Alabama at 1 p.m.
CT in the second-round of the NCAA Tournament.
Here’s a look at how they did it. 1.
A Big Three of offense, defense and special teams.
Texas Tech led the nation in total offense (2,735), total defense (2 and a half), rushing defense (108.8) and special team touchdowns (eight).
The Red Raider offense scored four touchdowns on Saturday, including two in the first quarter.
They added touchdowns on a field goal in the third quarter and a touchdown pass from quarterback Trevor Knight to junior running back De’Anthony Thomas on the next play.
The Tech defense forced eight Georgia Tech turnovers, holding Georgia Tech to 20 points on 21 possessions.
Tech finished with just 20 total yards, but led by six at halftime and led by 14 on the first two possessions of the second half.
Tech’s offense averaged 31.8 points per game and ranked second nationally in total defense.
The defensive unit held Georgia Tech under 300 yards for the first time in the program’s history.
Tech also allowed two touchdowns on its first six possessions, which allowed the Red Raiders to drive down the field for touchdowns on first- and third-and-4 plays, as well as a touchdown on a third-down pass from Knight.
Tech went into halftime averaging a whopping 7.8 yards per play.
Tech allowed just 1.6 yards per carry, but finished with 228 yards rushing on 45 carries, with three touchdowns and four receptions.
A defense that has a knack for scoring touchdowns.
Georgia Tech (9-2, 6-1) has had a good season, going 11-2 in conference play.
But Tech has scored at least 20 points in seven of the past eight SEC games and five of the last six games.
Tech is averaging 31.2 points per contest and has allowed a league-high 25.3 per game.
Tech has forced 18 Georgia Tech turnover.
Georgia State (7-4, 3-5) has lost three straight and has been outscored by a combined 20 points.
Tech held the Blue Raiders to 33 yards rushing and a career-low five first downs.
Tech was forced to punt for the second time in three games after forcing a Georgia Tech fumble.
Georgia (4-7, 2-5), which lost at home to South Carolina, had been leading by as many as 27 points at halftime.
Tech had a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns.
Tech scored two touchdowns in the final three minutes of regulation and was led by a 41-yard pass from junior wide receiver Terrell Davenport to freshman running back Corey Coleman on the game-winning drive.
Georgia had a three-and.out on its second play of the third half to put Georgia Tech up 24-17, but Tech held Georgia State to just 10 yards rushing in the opening quarter.
Tech threw a pick-six to tight end D.J. McFarland on a fourth-and_goal from the 2.
The pick-6 set up a TD pass to running back James White, who connected with Coleman for a 22-yard score to cut the lead to 21-17 late in the fourth quarter.
Georgia then put a touchdown drive on the board, scoring on a three.
Tech then took a 24-yard field goal to tie the game at 24.
Tech led 21-20 midway through the fourth and forced Georgia Tech into three straight turnovers, forcing Tech to punt from its own 40-yard line.
Tech eventually scored a touchdown from scrimmage to extend its lead to 29-24 with 1:06 remaining in the game.
The Yellow Jackets scored the next three points, but the Red Raider defense forced three more Georgia Tech penalties and scored a pair in the process.
Tech rushed for 126 yards on 28 carries in the loss, but Georgia State only scored seven points on the ground.
Texas has been dominant defensively for the past month.
Tech sacked Georgia Tech’s quarterback on five occasions, including a sack that forced a Georgia State fumble on the opening possession of the game, and also had two forced fumbles.
Tech and Georgia Tech have played each other in the SEC each of the two seasons Tech has been playing.
Tech leads the all-time series in sacks (11), interceptions (seven), forced fives (six) and fumble recoveries (seven).
Georgia Tech is second in the league in forced fumbling (18).
Tech has allowed 28.3 points per Game in SEC play, which ranks second nationally.
Tech allows a league high 32.5 points per GAME in SEC home games.
Georgia’s defense is starting to find its groove.
Tech ranks fourth nationally in sacks per game (7.8), sixth in interceptions per game, seventh in fumble recoverions per game on offense and eighth in points per rush.
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Texas Tech won its first SEC game of the season against Georgia Tech, beating the Yellow Jackets 20-17.The Red Raiders…