Oregon transfers QB Tyler Shough for missing time with broken collarbone
Texas Tech offense has been the least of its concerns this year under coach Matt Wells, but the Red Raiders got some bad news on Sunday: Wells confirmed that the starting quarterback Tyler shough broke his collarbone in Saturday’s 70-35 loss to Texas and will miss six weeks of action, according to Sam Khan Jr. of The Athletic. Shough is a transfer from Oregon who has racked up solid numbers in four games this fall.
Before coming out in loss to the Longhorns, Shough completed 9 of 11 passes for 68 yards with an interception. For the season, however, he racked up 872 yards and six touchdowns with three interceptions and a 69.6 percent completion rate. Much of that production came from a resounding home win over CRF, and Tech could be in a solid position to continue after the backup quarterback. Henri colombi played well in Shough’s relief against Texas – he completed 17 of 23 attempts for 324 yards, three touchdowns and a pick.
Shough made a huge change in the offseason, moving from Oregon – where he spent the last three seasons – to Lubbock, TX. Red Raiders were in desperate need of a quarterback after Alain bowman left the program, and Shough served as the Ducks’ starting quarterback in the Pac-12 season limited to seven games 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 rushing touchdowns.
Due to COVID issues in Washington, Oregon had a chance to play USC in the Pac-12 title game. The Ducks won the conference title, their second in a row, in a game where Shough netted two touchdowns, but only 91 yards in the air.
Shough was a four-star prospect and the No. 7 pro-style quarterback in the recruiting class of 2018 from Chandler, Ariz. Shough chose to play for the Ducks over offers from North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Michigan and others. Shough took eight shots in his first season, but kept his red jersey for the 2019 season.
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Texas Tech is 3-1 on the season (0-1 in the Big 12 game) and will head down the road for a tough test against West Virginia, which pushed Oklahoma over Norman on Saturday. Colombi has a good background for a substitute having started four games last season, and the senior also played 13 games in three seasons at Utah State as a backup for Jordan Love before following Wells to Texas Tech as a transfer.
Riley Gates contributed to this report.