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Texas vs. Texas Tech 2012: Longhorns return to Lubbock

The Texas Longhorns and Texas Tech Red Raiders both have something to prove on Saturday in a crucial game between Big 12 rivals.

Erich Schlegel

No. 23 Texas heads to Lubbock this weekend for a crucial Big 12 matchup against No. 18 Texas Tech as both teams hope to rebound after disappointing performances the week before.

The Longhorns (6-2, 3-2) needed a clutch performance by backup quarterback Case McCoy to beat lowly Kansas on Saturday, rallying in the final minutes for a 21-17 win over the Jayhawks. Despite the Texas offense showing little signs of life until McCoy came in under center, coach Mack Brown announced on Monday that David Ash would remain the team's starting quarterback against the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech (6-2, 3-2) dropped in a big way in the BCS rankings after 55-24 rout at the hands of No. 2 Kansas State, a week after allowing 53 points against TCU in a triple-overtime victory. The Red Raiders, apart from a 49-14 win over West Virginia, have struggled against ranked opponents this season and will try to change that trend on Saturday at home against the Longhorns.

Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CT with coverage on ABC and ESPN2.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.