How it all happened Friday at Royal-Memorial Stadium:
1st quarter: Texas Tech 14, Texas 6
Sam Ehlinger’s touchdown run, which was set up by a 36-yard catch from Malcolm Epps and an 11-yarder by fellow freshman Jake Smith, was UT’s first opening-quarter touchdown since Oct. 10 (Kansas). More points were left off the board, however; Cameron Dicker’s extra point attempt was blocked and Ehlinger was earlier stuffed on fourth-and-1 at Tech’s 24. Texas’ defense yielded points on the opening drive for the seventh time this season.
Texas Tech: KeSean Carter 13-yard pass from Jett Duffey (Trey Wolff kick, 6:53)
Texas Tech: SaRodorick Thompson 10-yard run (Wolff kick, 4:14)
Texas: Sam Ehlinger 10-yard run (Cameron Dicker kick blocked, :54)
2nd quarter: Texas 28, Texas Tech 21 (halftime)
One play after Erik Ekukanma’s spectacular touchdown catch over D’Shawn Jamison, Devin Duvernay answered by hauling in a 75-yard score; it was the senior’s longest reception since 2016 and his 100th catch of the season. The quarter also featured short touchdown runs by Daniel Young and Roschon Johnson and the defense had a goal-line stand punctuated by an end zone pass breakup from freshman Kenyatta Watson II and also a half-ending fumble recovery that likely prevented points.
Texas: Daniel Young 3-yard run (Devin Duvernay pass from Ehlinger, 13:09)
Texas Tech: Erik Ekukanma 24-yard pass from Duffey (Wolff kick, 8:13)
Texas: Duvernay 75-yard pass from Ehlinger (Dicker kick, 8:02)
Texas: Roschon Johnson 1-yard run (Dicker kick, 1:22)
3rd quarter: Texas 42, Texas Tech 24
For a change, at least recently, Texas separated itself in the third quarter and essentially put the game away thanks to a solid 15 minutes offensively and defensively. The Red Raiders struggled on fourth downs all day, finishing 1 of 4, and that played a role in Matt Wells’ decision to go field goal instead of going for it; earlier, he bypassed a field goal that could have cut Texas’ lead to 28-24 and Tech was stopped on fourth down.
Texas: Jake Smith 26-yard pass from Ehlinger (Dicker kick, 8:52)
Texas Tech: Wolff 23-yard field goal (6:09)
Texas: Johnson 1-yard run (Dicker kick, 2:35)
4th quarter: Texas 49, Texas Tech 24 (final)
After Markez Bimage’s forced fumble that was recovered by Ta’Quon Graham, the Longhorns cruised to their seventh win by eating up clock and running Johnson, who added a short touchdown run. It was Texas’ seventh touchdown of the day; the Longhorns had produced seven touchdowns in their three previous games. And Texas finished with 610 total yards, its second-best effort of the season. Casey Thompson relieved Ehlinger for the final six minutes of the game.
Texas: Johnson 1-yard run (Dicker kick, 8:50)
First downs: Texas 29, Texas Tech 22
Rushes-yards-TD: Texas 48-262-5, Texas Tech 24-71-1
Comp.-Att.-Int.: Texas Tech 36-58-0, Texas 19-28-0
Return yards: Texas Tech 86, Texas 41
Punts-Avg.: Texas Tech 4-49.2, Texas 5-34.2
Fumbles-Lost: Texas 0-0, Texas Tech 2-2
Penalties-Yards: Texas Tech 4-32, Texas 9-100
Time of possession: Texas 34:09, Texas Tech 25:51
PASSING: Texas — Ehlinger 19-27-348, 2/0; R. Johnson 0-1-0. Texas Tech — Duffey 36-58-399, 2/0
RUSHING: Texas — R. Johnson 23-105-3, Ehlinger 10-83-1, Young 8-41-1, Ingram 2-17, Duvernay 2-10, C. Thompson 2-9; Texas Tech — S. Thompson 16-86-1, Welch 1-(-1), Duffey 7-(-14)
RECEIVING: Texas — Duvernay 6-199-1, Smith 3-51-1, Eagles 3-20, Epps 2-42, R. Johnson 2-4, Washington 1-16, Wiley 1-15, Ingram 1-1; Texas Tech — Carter 11-150-1, Ezukanma 7-135-1, Vasher 5-42, Turner 4-35, S. Thompson 4-7, Mannix 2-9, Welch 1-10, Koontz 1-7, D. Thompson 1-4