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Texas Longhorns Stampede the Texas Tech Red Raiders

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The Texas Longhorns used their powerful running game to defeat the Texas Tech Red Raiders 52-20 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

The game was competitive during the first quarter. Tech received the opening kickoff and was moving the ball well, but multiple penalties in the red zone stalled the drive and the Red Raiders had to settle for a Donnie Carona field goal.

On the following possession, Texas Tech’s defense held the Longhorns to a 48 yard field and the game was tied at 3 with 4:24 left in the first quarter.

Texas Tech’s Seth Doege managed to move the ball for short gains for the last few minutes of the first quarter, ending in a 5-yard loss due to a sack by Jackson Jeffcoat and an incomplete pass from Doege to Alex Torres. With 54 seconds left on the clock, Ryan Erxleben kicked a 53-yard punt for a touchback. The Longhorns rushed for 6 yards and 47 yards in the last two plays of the quarter.

UT opened the second quarter with three short rushes and then a 12-yard touchdown run by Fozzie Whittaker finished off the drive. The extra point by Justin Tucker was successful as well, making the score 10-3.

Texas Tech on their next drive had to settle for another Donnie Carona field goal, cutting the Longhorns’ lead down to 10-6.

However, by this point, the Texas running game had figured out how to run past the Red Raider defense and they scored three more touchdowns in the quarter, making the score 31-3 at halftime. For the game, the Longhorns rushed for 439 yards, averaging 8.1 yards per carry.

Fozzie Whittaker rushed for 83 yards and 2 touchdowns and Joe Bergeron rushed for 191 yards and 3 touchdowns. Case McCoy, in relief of David Ash, threw a touchdown pass for the Longhorns in the 4th quarter.

The Longhorn defense held Texas Tech to 30 rushing yards for the entire game and sacked Seth Doege four times.

Texas Tech’s next game is Saturday November 12 against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

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