LUBBOCK (AP) —Graham Harrell threw for 484 yards and four touchdowns as Texas Tech came from behind to beat UTEP 45-31 in the Red Raiders’ home opener Saturday.
It wasn’t as big a comeback as Tech’s history-making Insight Bowl rally in December. The Red Raiders trailed 28-17 at the half before Harrell and his receivers found their groove.
On Tech’s first two possessions after the break, Harrell threw touchdown passes to Michael Crabtree and Danny Amendola to put the Red Raiders ahead for the first time at 31-28.
UTEP tied it on a 25-yard field goal at the end of the third quarter.
Tech (2-0) answered quickly — in 89 seconds — with a nine-play, 80-yard scoring drive. Harrell found Grant Walker wide open in the corner of the end zone to give the Red Raiders a 38-31 lead.
Shannon Woods capped off the rally with a 2-yard touchdown run to make it 45-31 midway through the fourth quarter and put the game out of reach for the Miners (1-1).
Harrell, who completed 48 of 64 passes, posted his career high in completions for the second straight game. He had 44 last week in Tech’s 49-9 win over SMU. The junior quarterback had one interception.