Texas Tech taking it to another level this time


Texas Tech taking it to another level this time

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Seth Doege and Texas Tech backed up their big victory - even though it took a while.

Now, the 15th-ranked Red Raiders have to get ready for another big challenge.

``On the sideline you could tell no one had any thought of losing the game,'' Doege said after throwing a career-high seven touchdowns in Tech's 56-53 triple-overtime victory at TCU on Saturday. ``We were in it the whole time. All week we had been preaching to take it to the next level.''

A week after their impressive five-touchdown victory over then-No. 5 West Virginia, Texas Tech (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) overcame an early 10-point deficit and Doege threw TD passes in each overtime period.

The Red Raiders let a 10-point lead late in regulation get away.

``That is one of the most emotionally taxing games I've been in,'' safety Cody Davis said. ``How we kept fighting and pulling through.''

Tech plays next Saturday at fourth-ranked and Big 12-leading Kansas State (7-0, 4-0), which won 55-14 at West Virginia on Saturday night.

After an upset victory at third-ranked Oklahoma midway through last season, the Red Raiders finished with five losses in a row for their first losing season since 1992. That ended a Big 12-record streak of 18 consecutive years of bowl eligibility.

Before going to TCU, Doege recalled the letdown of last season and the Red Raiders ``being on such a high and going to such a low.''

They might have been exhausted, but they left TCU already bowl eligible.

``This was a team win because we didn't play that great and were able to find some way to win the game,'' coach Tommy Tuberville said.

Texas Tech moved up three spots in the new AP Top 25 poll released Sunday.

League newcomer TCU (5-2, 2-2), which lost its first Big 12 home game against Iowa State two weeks ago, has lost consecutive home games in the same season for the first time since their last two home games of the 1998 season.

``Welcome to the Big 12,'' said Frogs coach Gary Patterson, then the defensive coordinator and now in his 12th season as head coach. ``I do believe this. I believe we proved we can play in it. Are we unhappy we lost? Yes, but it was a heck of a game.''

It was the first triple-overtime game in TCU history, and the highest-scoring home game ever for the Frogs, who next play at Oklahoma State. The only time they were in a game with more points scored was a 62-55 win at Houston in 2003.

The last time the Horned Frogs had been in a game with so many points was their 70-35 loss at Texas Tech in 2004. That 15-touchdown spectacular came two years before only field goals were scored in TCU's 12-3 home win that was the only other game in the series since the last Southwest Conference season in 1995.

After redshirt freshman Trevone Boykin threw a 60-yard TD to LaDarius Brown on third-and-20 with 2:25 left in regulation and Tech had a three-and-out, the Frogs tied the game at 36-all with 18 seconds left on freshman Jaden Oberkrom's 42-yard field goal, the fifth of his Big 12-record six made kicks.

Texas Tech responded after TCU scored first in overtime, then the Red Raiders opened the second overtime with a little trickery out of the wildcat formation. Running back Eric Stephens took the snap and handed off to Darrin Moore, who flipped it back to Doege, the quarterback who lined up wide and then threw a 25-yard TD to Jakeem Grant.

``Resiliency. This team, we fought,'' said Alex Torres, who had an 8-yard TD catch to end the game. ``The way they battled back was impressive. To get a touchdown and field goal to tie the game, they definitely went into overtime with the momentum. ... Offensively, defensively, we had to bail each other out. That game tells a lot about our team.''

For the Red Raiders, who have had plenty of big-scoring days in the past, it was the most combined points ever in a game they played - surpassing their 66-42 loss to Baylor last November. It was the first time they were in a game when both teams scored 50 points.

``We made a lot of mistakes, but we've been working real hard for a game like this, to win a game when you don't play your best,'' Tuberville said. ``I think that's what this sport is all about, you've got to find a way to win on the road.''

And they'll be trying to do that again next weekend.

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Game 6 Capitals at Blue Jackets Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

Game 6 Capitals at Blue Jackets Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

After three straight wins, the Caps now sit just one win away from closing out the Columbus Blue Jackets. They will get their shot to finish the series Monday in Game 6.

Nicklas Backstrom was the hero in Game 5 for Washington with three points including the overtime winner. Who will step up in Game 6? The Caps will need to make sure it's not Artemi Panarin who has been held without a point in two straight games. Washington will also need to make sure their penalty kill stays hot as they have killed off 13 straight power plays for the Blue Jackets.

The Pittsburgh Penguins await the winner of this series after closing out the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday. Will the Caps close out Columbus and set up the rematch?

What: Washington Capitals vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Round 1, Game 6

Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

When: 7:30 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Blue Jackets, Game 6 will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch Capitals-Blue Jackets, Game 6 on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.


The Capitals take on the Blue Jackets in Game 6 on Monday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET in Columbus. Washington currently leads the series 3-2.


Capitals-Blue Jackets, Game 6 will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:30 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 7:00 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:30 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:30 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:30 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
7:00 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:30 p.m. — Capitals at Blue Jackets
10:00 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:30 p.m. — Caps Overtime
11:30 p.m. — Caps in 30


Capitals-Blue Jackets Game 6, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.


Here are the Caps' projected lines:

Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Tom Wilson
Chandler Stephenson - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Brett Connolly- Lars Eller - Devante Smith-Pelly
Jakub Vrana -  Jay Beagle - Alex Chiasson

Michal Kempny - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Christian Djoos

Braden Holtby with Philipp Grubauer as backup.

Scratches: Travis Boyd, Andre Burakovsky (upper-body), Shane Gerisch, Madison Bowey, Jakub Jerabek


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For all the latest Caps coverage, follow Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals correspondent JJ Regan and the NBC Sports Capitals account on Twitter. Be sure check out our Capitals page and NBC Sports Washington's Facebook page.



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Need to Know: Setting the final odds on the Redskins first-round draft pick

Need to Know: Setting the final odds on the Redskins first-round draft pick

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, April 23, three days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

Setting the odds on the Redskins’ top pick

We have just three days left until the draft and it’s time to make the final predictions. For the last time before this draft, we’re going to break out the $100 in imaginary poker chips and see who is the favorite to be the Redskins’ top pick. 

Before we get started, all of these odds are set with the Redskins staying at No. 13. With a separate stack of chips, I’ll put $20 on them trading down, $80 on them staying put. There just isn’t an obvious team to deal with or a player that would be on the board to make a team want to move up. 

DT Vita Vea, $30—I would have this a little higher but I’m becoming less confident that he’ll be on the board when the Redskins draft at 13. Normally nose tackle isn’t a high-value position, but this is an odd draft and Vea is a freakish talent. He has to get past the Raiders picking tenth and the Dolphins at No. 11 and I’m not sure they will. 

S Derwin James, $20—If Vea is gone then there is a good chance that James will be there at 13, assuming that the four quarterbacks everybody thinks will go in the top 12 are indeed selected. Although the Redskins have D.J. Swearinger and Montae Nicholson at safety, the versatile James could find snaps all over the field, as a third safety to cover tight ends and perhaps even at slot corner. 

DT Da’Ron Payne, $15—It’s starting to look like he’ll be a reach at 13; his real value lays more in the late teens or early twenties. But the analysts’ consensus doesn’t necessarily match up with what the Redskins think. If they believe that Jim Tomsula can coach some pass rushing ability out of him, they could well have him graded high enough to go ahead and fill the need with the first-round pick. 

LB Roquan Smith, $10—His size may concern enough teams to leave him on the board until the Redskins are on the clock. I’m not sure that the Redskins would take him because they just re-signed Mason Foster and Zach Brown. But he is fast, hard hitting, and he may be too good to pass up. 

DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, $10—Many project him to be a slot corner in the NFL. A few years ago, many teams would hesitate to take a nickel corner in the first-round. But today, with teams lining up with three or more wide receivers on 63 percent of the snaps a slot corner is much more than a role player. Add Fitzpatrick’s ability to move back to safety and you have a player the Redskins should covet if he drops to 13. 

CB Denzel Ward, $10—I don’t give much of a chance of being on the board when the Redskins pick but stranger things have happened. He would be a steal at 13.

RB Derrius Guice, $5—I don’t think that this will happen, but I can’t look at all of the attention the Redskins have given to him and believe that there is a zero chance of them taking a running back this high in an RB-rich draft.  

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCS.

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Days until:

—Rookie minicamp (5/11) 18
—OTAs start (5/22) 29
—Training camp starts (7/26) 94

The Redskins last played a game 113 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 139 days. 

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