THE VIEW FROM HALFTIME: Red Raiders, Frogs in a defensive struggle

TCU leads Texas Tech 7-3 at the break.

FORT WORTH -- Texas Tech and TCU seemed to be circling each other, looking for chances to land a punch, but for the most part failing to do so during the first 30 minutes of action on Thursday night at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

TCU quarterback Shawn Robinson’s threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Reagor to make the difference as the Horned Frogs took a 7-3 lead to halftime.

It marked the first time this season the Red Raiders have failed to score a touchdown in a half. Jett Duffey got the start and struggled to get the passing game going. He completed 7 of 12 passes for 40 yards in the first two quarters with a pair of interceptions.

But the Texas Tech defense made the plays it needed to keep the Red Raiders close.

Red Raider linebacker Jordyn Brooks intercepted a Robinson pass in the end zone, and Joe Wallace forced a fumble on a fourth-and-1 play that Tony Jones recovered to stop another TCU drive in Texas Tech territory.

But Brooks brought his pick out of the end zone and was tackled at the Red Raiders’ 3. That resulted in a conservative three-and-out and the Horned Frogs scored their touchdown on the ensuing drive.

Duffey completed 5 of 5 passes for 28 yards and ran for 28 more on Texas Tech’s first offensive series. But he had just 12 more passing yards and 17 more on the ground at halftime.

So the big questions for the second half are: Can Duffey find a better rhythm? And if he can’t, would Kliff Kingsbury make a change at QB to try to get a spark from someone else?