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Texas Tech just had the most plays in a drive by any team all season and got all of 3 points out of it

The Red Raiders had 21 snaps on their opening series.

Texas Tech started its game against No. 18 TCU on Saturday by mounting the longest drive of the season by snap count — 21 plays! — and only getting a field goal out of it.

The Red Raiders drove 70 yards on those 21 plays, taking up 8:52 of clock time. They traveled from their own 25 to the TCU 5 before a third-down incompletion brought up a chip-shot field goal by Clayton Hatfield to make the score 3-0, Tech.

There’d been a handful of 20-play drives this season, according to play data. Tulsa got a field goal out of one against Houston, Air Force scored a touchdown on one against Nevada, and Georgia State scored a TD on one against Troy.

Drives of 20-plus plays are exceedingly rare. The NCAA’s official record book says the longest one in FBS history is a 26-play, 14:26 field goal march by Navy against New Mexico in 2004. (The NCAA doesn’t specify if that’s by snap count, time, or both.)

How Tech pulled it off, briefly:

  • a 6-yard run
  • a 6-yard pass
  • a 3-yard run
  • a 4-yard pass
  • an incompletion (but a pass interference call, so a first down)
  • a 2-yard run
  • a 7-yard pass
  • a 2-yard run
  • a 7-yard pass
  • a 2-yard run
  • a 2-yard run
  • a 6-yard pass
  • a negative-1-yard run
  • a 6-yard pass
  • a 6-yard pass
  • a 2-yard run
  • a 1-yard run
  • a 2-yard run
  • a 2-yard run
  • an incompletion
  • an incompletion
  • and finally, Hatfield’s 22-yard field goal

Tech got five first downs on the drive despite not having a play of longer than 7 yards. The Red Raiders converted a fourth-and-1 on a Nic Shimonek QB sneak from the TCU 9, part of the most plodding, dinking-and-dunking drive of the season.

TCU went 63 yards in 10 plays and 5:14 to score a touchdown and go ahead immediately afterward.