October 28, 2021

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Oregon transfer QB Tyler Shough to miss time with broken collarbone

Texas Tech’s offense has been the least of its worries this year under coach Matt Wells, but the Red Raiders got bad news on Sunday: Wells confirmed that starting quarterback Tyler Shough broke his collarbone during Saturday’s 70-35 loss at Texas and will miss six weeks of action, according to Sam Khan Jr. of The Athletic. Shough is a transfer from Oregon who has put up solid numbers through four games this fall.

Before exiting in the loss to the Longhorns, Shough completed 9 of 11 passes for 68 yards with one interception. For the season, however, he has put up 872 yards and six touchdowns with three interceptions and a completion rate of 69.6%. Much of that production came in a blowout home win against FIU, and Tech could be in a solid spot still going forward after backup quarterback Henry Colombi played well in relief of Shough against Texas — he completed 17 of 23 attempts for 324 yards, three touchdowns and one pick.

Shough made a massive change in the offseason, going from Oregon — where he spent the last three seasons — to Lubbock, Texas. The Red Raiders desperately needed a quarterback after Alan Bowman departed from the program, and Shough served as the Ducks’ starting quarterback in the limited seven-game Pac-12 season last year. Shough completed 63.5% of his passes for 1,559 yards and 13 touchdowns, while throwing six interceptions. He also ran for 271 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

Due to COVID issues at Washington, Oregon got a shot at playing USC in the Pac-12 title game. The Ducks won the conference title, their second straight, in a game where Shough tossed two touchdowns but a mere 91 yards in the air.

Shough was a four-star prospect and the No. 7 pro-style quarterback in the 2018 recruiting class coming out of Chandler, Ariz. Shough chose to play for the Ducks over offers from the likes of North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Michigan and others. Shough took eight snaps in his freshman season but maintained his redshirt for the 2019 season.

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Texas Tech is 3-1 on the season (0-1 in Big 12 play) and will head on the road for a tough test against West Virginia, which pushed Oklahoma to the wire in Norman on Saturday. Colombi has a fair amount of experience for a backup after starting four games last season, and the senior also played in 13 games over three seasons at Utah State as Jordan Love’s backup before he followed Wells to Texas Tech as a transfer.

Riley Gates contributed to this report.

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