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Bets don’t pay off for Joey McGuire and Texas Tech Red Raiders in loss to No. 7 TCU Horned Frogs

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Texas Tech coach Joey McGuire likes to gamble. He likes to take risks. He has a healthy respect for analytics. Sometimes the analytics tell you to do it.

Analytics really could have told McGuire to do it on fourth down twice in the fourth quarter on home turf in the Red Raiders’ 34-24 loss to No. 7 TCU on Saturday. If so, the loss falls more on McGuire than on his players, especially his defense.

As the fourth quarter began, the Red Raiders held a 17-13 lead over the undefeated Horned Frogs. Texas Tech had just punted late in the third quarter, and TCU was driving into Red Raider territory. Tech still had momentum as the Red Raider defense was playing an outstanding game, especially winger Tyree Wilson, who was in the TCU backfield the entire game.

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