Texas Tech QB Alan Bowman diagnosed with partially collapsed lung

By Will Leverett

LUBBOCK -- Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman suffered a partially collapsed lung during the Red Raiders’ 42-34 loss to No. 12 West Virginia on Saturday.

Bowman was sandwiched in between two West Virginia defenders while throwing an incompletion in the second quarter at Jones AT&T Stadium. He tried to loosen up on the sideline, but eventually went back to the locker room for further evaluation.

The freshman was later taken to Covenant Health in Lubbock, where tests revealed the lung issue. Bowman still remains in observation at the hospital. There is no timetable for return.

“I went [to see him] yesterday, he’s in good spirits,” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “I’ve never had a player who’s had it. But he’s doing better and he was up and alert and seemed to be in a good mood.”

While the lung could keep him out for the immediate future, those around the program are still hopeful that Bowman dodged the worst. Bowman did not suffer any broken bones or any other complications around the collapsed lung.

“Without the broken ribs, it should be sooner rather than later,” Kingsbury said. “But I’m still not sure of a timetable as yet.”

Bowman has played exceptionally since taking over the starting job after McLane Carter suffered a high ankle sprain. In his second career start against Houston, Bowman set the Big 12 freshman record with 605 passing yards in a 63-49 win. He also added five touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Through just five games, Bowman has completed 69.3 percent of his passes for 1,680 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. He leads the Big 12 in total passing yardage.

In his place, redshirt sophomore Jett Duffey entered the game and led a 24-7 run against the visiting Mountaineers. However, the former Mr. Texas Football threw a critical pick-six down the stretch that iced the game.

Bowman will have some time to recover. Texas Tech has a bye on Saturday, and does not play again until a Thursday matchup against TCU on Oct. 11 in Fort Worth. Carter could also be back for the game. He has starting participating in team activities while rehabbing from his high ankle sprain. 

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