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Davis Webb leads Texas Tech to win over TCU

Michael C. Johnson / USA Today Sports
Backup quarterback Davis Webb was the hero for Texas Tech in its win over TCU.

The storybook start to Texas Tech walk-on freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield's college career ran into some adversity Thursday against TCU, clearing the way for fellow freshman Davis Webb to step in.

Webb made the most of his opportunity, throwing the go-ahead touchdown in the win.

Mayfield appeared to hurt his knee or ankle late in the fourth quarter with the game tied at 10. Webb came in and drove the Red Raiders 76 yards in eight plays to retake the lead in their Big 12 conference opener, though most of the damange came on a swing pass that running back DeAndre Washington took 48 yards down the sideline. It would have have been a touchdown had Washington not dropped the ball in premature celebration just short of the goal line.

Three plays later following a personal foul and holding penalty, Webb found Brad Marquez for a 19-yard touchdown.

"He was rolling," Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said after the game. "We had the momentum with him."

Webb had been expected to win the starting job, especially after sophomore Michael Brewer hurt his back in fall camp. However, Mayfield bested Webb in the preseason competition and has started all three games, becoming the first-ever first-year walk-on to do so for an FBS school.

Webb finished 3-of-4 passing for 77 yards and one touchdown, while Mayfield went 21-of-40 for 216 yards and one touchdown with three interceptions after not throwing a pick in his first 100 college attempts.

And while the offense bogged down badly in the second half with Mayfield at the helm before Webb's heroics, Kingsbury shot down any potential quarterback controversy.

"Baker's still the guy. We'll watch the film and get him better," Kingsbury said.

Follow Dan Greenspan on Twitter @DanGreenspan.

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