LUBBOCK, TEXAS – Aaron Green made it sound so simple. He was just following the ball as he had been told.
He ended up in perfect position, too, catching a tipped pass in the back of the end zone with 23 seconds left to give the No. 3 Horned Frogs a 55-52 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday.
“You never know with the ball, somebody might fumble, or anything like that,” the senior running back said. “So I knew there was a chance. Josh Doctson catches almost everything, but there’s a chance. I knew he might not have caught it because it was a little high and the guy was behind him. So I just did what I was told and I followed the ball. I saw it the whole way and I caught it.”
Doctson was relieved.
“He made the play,” the senior receiver said. “He saved us, so we’re 4-0.”
On fourth-and-goal from the 4 in the Big 12 opener for both teams, Trevone Boykin’s pass was high to Doctson, but he got a hand on it and Green grabbed the ball as he fell out of the end zone. A video review confirmed Green had control of the ball and got a foot in bounds.
Boykin threw four touchdown passes and finished with a career-high 509 yards for TCU (4-0, 1-0). He completed 34 of 54 passes and ran for 42 yards on 14 carries.
Doctson caught three touchdown passes and had 267 yards on 18 catches — all career highs.
No. 1 Ohio St. 38, Western Michigan 12: In Columbus, Ohio, Cardale Jones threw two touchdown passes early, and Adolphus Washington returned an interception 20 yards for a score for the Buckeyes.
No. 2 Michigan St. 30, Central Michigan 10: In East Lansing, Michigan, Gerald Holmes ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, and Michigan State overcame a sluggish performance.
No. 3 Mississippi 27, Vanderbilt 16: In Oxford, Mississippi, Chad Kelly threw for 321 yards, and Jaylen Walton ran for a season-high 133 yards.
No. 5 Baylor 70, Rice 17: In Waco, Texas, Seth Russell matched a school record with six touchdown passes, with three of his five in the first half to Corey Coleman.
No. 6 Notre Dame 62, UMass 27: In South Bend, Indiana, C.J. Sanders scored on a 50-yard punt return to spark Notre Dame to four straight touchdowns.
No. 7 Georgia 48, Southern 6: In Athens, Georgia, Nick Chubb ran for 131 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a scoring pass for the Bulldogs.
No. 8 LSU 34, Syracuse 24: In Syracuse, New York, Heisman Trophy hopeful Leonard Fournette ran for a career-high 244 yards and two touchdowns, and Tre’Davious White returned a punt 69 yards for another score.
No. 12 Alabama 34, ULM 0: In Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Jake Coker threw three touchdown passes and Alabama limited Louisiana-Monroe to 92 total yards in a blowout.
Duke 34, No. 20 Georgia Tech 20: In Durham, North Carolina, Duke’s Shaquille Powell ran for three touchdowns.
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