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Laramie, Wyo.– Andrew Beasley completed an 11-yard touchdown pass to tight end John Michael Gillenburg on fourth-and-7, then running back Sam Scott ran in the two-point conversion as Wyoming stunned Texas Tech 35-33 in double overtime on Saturday night. at War Memorial Stadium in the season opener for both teams.
Tyler Shough, who finished with 338 yards passing and three touchdowns, gave the Red Raiders a 33-27 lead after finding Jerand Bradley for a 15-yard score, but the senior quarterback’s conversion pass fell short.
Scott’s exit resulted in a crowd of 26,450 streaming into the stadium late Saturday after a game delayed 78 minutes by a thunderstorm that passed through Laramie.
Beasley, who limped off the field at the end of regulation after being hit hard by nose tackle Jaylon Hutchings, ran for a 5-yard touchdown on the first possession of overtime.
“Andrew Beasley is as tough as shoe leather,” Wyoming coach Craig Ball said. “As much as he got beaten up, he just hung in there.”
Tahj Brooks answered for Texas Tech with a 6-yard touchdown run on third-and-2 to force a second overtime.
The Red Raiders quickly took a 17-0 lead with the help of fumbles by Wyoming linebackers Jamari Ferrell and DQ James.
John Hoyland, who was voted to the AP All-American second team before the season, booted a 56-yard field goal to stop the Cowboys’ bleeding and start a 20-0 run.
Shough was intercepted by Wrook Brown moments later, leading to a 4-yard touchdown pass from Peasley to linebacker Caleb Driskill to make the score 17-10 with 11:20 remaining in the second quarter.
Scott converted a fourth-and-2 and then broke free for a 17-yard run to tie the score at 17-17 in the third quarter. Wyoming’s offense kept Shough and Co. On the sideline with a 13-play, 76-yard drive that consumed 7:31 off the clock.
“It meant the world to me,” Scott said when the coaches asked him to switch from linebacker to running back. “Finding my place and being able to get into this game and finally show up is just a dream come true.”
A promising Red Raiders drive stalled near the red zone, and a 40-yard field goal attempt by Gino Garcia was blocked by defensive tackle Gavin Meyer to keep the score tied in the fourth quarter.
Garcia regrouped and tied the score 20-20 with 41 seconds left.
“Really frustrating for the guys in the locker room,” Texas Tech coach Joey McGuire said after falling to 1-5 in road games with the Red Raiders. “I thought we came out and started really fast and then we let them get back into the game. Congratulations to Wyoming for playing hard and coming into overtime.”
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