Texas' Lil'Jordan Humphrey pulls a Michael Crabtree with eerily similar game-winning TD catch 10 years later

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Ten years ago, Texas Tech upset No. 1 Texas on a pass from Graham Harrell to Michael Crabtree in the final seconds.

On Saturday night, Texas got a bit of revenge.

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The Longhorns led Texas Tech 34-17 in the fourth quarter, but allowed the Red Raiders to tie the score 34-34 with 1:45 to play. From there, Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger calmly led the offense down the field and tossed the winning 29-yard touchdown pass to Lil’Jordan Humphrey with 21 seconds to go.


Humphrey’s clutch catch looked eerily similar to Crabtree’s grab from 2008.

The Harrell-to-Crabtree connection is one of the most famous plays in Texas Tech history. The stakes of that game, played Nov. 1, 2008, were much higher than Saturday night’s UT-TTU game. Both teams were 8-0 entering the game, but Texas was ranked No. 1 while the Red Raiders were No. 7.

On that night in Lubbock, Texas Tech trailed the Longhorns 33-32 with eight seconds remaining when Harrell looked the way of Crabtree, one of the best receivers in the country. Harrell delivered a perfect back-shoulder throw. Crabtree caught the ball at the 6-yard line, evaded two Texas defenders and waltzed into the end zone for a 28-yard score with just one second left on the clock, giving TTU a dramatic 39-33 victory.

Humphrey’s play looks pretty similar, doesn’t it?

Here’s Humphrey:

And here’s Crabtree:

Both plays happened at the same part of the field at the same stadium. Humphrey’s was 29 yards, Crabtree’s was 28. Oh, and it was the same play call: four verts.


Pretty cool, huh? Well, it’s cool for Texas fans this year.

LUBBOCK, TX – NOVEMBER 10: Lil’Jordan Humphrey #84 of the Texas Longhorns falls across the goal line and scores the winning touchdown with seconds left in the fourth quarter against the Texas Tech. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX – NOVEMBER 10: Lil’Jordan Humphrey #84 of the Texas Longhorns falls across the goal line and scores the winning touchdown with seconds left in the fourth quarter against the Texas Tech. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)

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