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Texas vs. Texas Tech: Longhorns survive close game

Texas got out to an early lead on the Red Raiders and never relinquished it, defeating their long-time rivals 31-22.

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Red zone play the key to Longhorns' victory

The Texas Longhorns escaped Lubbock with a 31-22 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday, giving Texas its third straight victory.

This was the first win of the season for Texas over a ranked opponent and Texas blog Burnt Orange Nation found plenty to cheer about, especially when discussing the Longhorns' play in the red zone on both offense and defense, especially considering their recent troubles there defensively.

The instructional takeaway was the impressive red zone performances by the Longhorn offense and defense. Both Texas Tech and Texas entered the game ranked abysmally in the defensive red zone at 118th and 121st respectively. The much maligned Texas defense had been giving up scores at a 94.29% clip.

In particular, the blog found one play early in the third quarter that could have been a key to the victory.

After a nice pick up of 4 yards on first down, the Red Raider offensive coordinator took the ball away from his hot handed quarterback and went back to his star back Williams out of the pistol formation. Longhorns cornerback Quandre Diggs is playing tight man coverage on the LOS, sniffs the play, rushes from the edge to not only blow up the hole but also make the tackle.

Texas now is 7-2 on the season and 4-2 in the Big 12. They play Iowa State this Saturday at home, but the real challenge will be on Dec. 1 when they travel to Manhattan, Kans to close out the season at undefeated Kansas State.


QB David Ash has one of his best games this year

Texas quarterback David Ash played one of his best games of the season in the team's win over Texas Tech.


Texas vs. Texas Tech final: Longhorns win 31-22

The No. 23 Texas Longhorns (7-2, 4-2) earned their third straight win Saturday in a thrilling 31-22 victory over the No. 18 Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-3, 3-3).

Both teams brought terrific offenses into the game, and the Longhorns held off a furious charge late in the fourth quarter to down the Red Raiders in front of their home fans at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock.

Texas opened the scoring when quarterback David Ash found receiver Jaxon Shipley for a 6-yard touchdown completion six minutes into the game. The Red Raiders evened things up with 5:52 left in the quarter when Kenny Williams capped a nine-play, 75-yard drive with a touchdown plunge from the 1-yard line. Texas moved back into the lead with 3:27 to go in the quarter, using a 2-yard touchdown run from Joe Bergeron to make it a 14-7 advantage.

The Red Raiders came closer just a minute into the second quarter with a 29-yard field goal from Ryan Bustin to cut the margin to 14-10. Texas answered on their first play from scrimmage, as Ash hooked up with wide receiver Mike Davis for a 75-yard touchdown bomb to make it 21-10. Bustin knocked through another field goal from 41 yards out with 5:03 remaining in the half, slicing the lead to 21-13. Longhorns kicker Anthony Fera connected on his own field goal with 1:09 left to give the Longhorns a 24-13 lead heading to the locker room.

Texas Tech made the Longhorns sweat in the third quarter, with a 33-yard field goal from Bustin and a 10-yard touchdown pass from Seth Doege to Eric Stephens Jr. The PAT was blocked by the Longhorns, leaving them with a 24-22 lead heading to the fourth quarter. However, Texas shut down the Red Raiders from there, and Ash found Davis on a 25-yard touchdown pass with 9:14 remaining to lock down the victory.

Box Score Hero: Mike Davis collected only four catches but made them count, snagging two touchdowns and amassing 165 receiving yards.

Rankings Ramifications: The Longhorns are due for a boost in the rankings with their victory, while the Red Raiders are likely to hover around the 25th spot and the cutoff after the loss.

But Did They Cover? Texas Tech was favored by 7.5 points and failed to cover as the Longhorns pulled off the upset win.

For More On This Game: For more on Longhorns football, visit Texas blogs Burnt Orange Nation and Barking Carnival. For more on Red Raiders football, visit Texas Tech blog Viva the Matadors.

Next Week's Schedule: The Longhorns head back to Austin to host the visiting Iowa St. Cyclones. The Red will stay at home, taking on the Kansas Jayhawks.

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