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Texas 41, Texas Tech 34: Our five pregame questions — answered

Posted November 10th, 2018

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Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Longhorns ahead of Saturday night’s 41-34 win over Texas Tech.

Here’s how they played out:

1. Did Texas establish the run?

No.

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The Longhorns didn’t have a 100-yard rusher, averaged 3.3 yards per carry and finished with 157 yards, their fifth-lowest output of the season.

Freshman Keaontay Ingram, who has UT’s only 100-yard rushing performance, led the team with 83 yards. He had the third-fewest carries, though; Tre Watson had 18 carries for 58 yards and Sam Ehlinger had 15 carries. Ingram had 14. Texas did its damage through the air Saturday night, a departure from recent Texas-Texas Tech matchups. Remember D’Onta Foreman’s 341-yard day in Lubbock in 2016? That was the third-best rushing game in UT history. Or Chris Warren III’s 276-yard night against Texas Tech in 2015? That ranks seventh. The Red Raiders had just given up 206 yards to Oklahoma’s Trey Sermon.

2. Did Texas stop the run?

Yes.

Tech rushed for 141 yards on 33 carries. That’s tied for the fourth-best showing this season.

In Texas’ previous two losses to Oklahoma State and West Virginia, opposing quarterbacks had made key plays late in the game with their legs. Texas Tech’s Jett Duffey certainly has the wheels to hurt a team, but he made a more lasting impact with a pair of costly fumbles on runs. Like the Longhorns, the Red Raiders had their most success through the air.

3. What did Collin Johnson do in is Lubbock return?

Absolutely nothing.

It was revealed earlier Saturday that Johnson wouldn’t play; he was injured during the week during practice. So Texas, down a big playmaker, relied on Lil’Jordan Humphrey — who had a giant night (8 catches for 159 yards and 2 touchdowns) — and Devin Duvernay, who also caught two touchdowns but also made some key grabs. It was too bad Johnson had to miss the game. Two years ago, as a freshman, he caught the first two touchdowns of his UT career in Lubbock. Saturday night belonged to Humphrey; Tech has now allowed eight 100-yard receivers this season.

4. What happened on the game’s first drives?

Texas Tech scored on its first drive.

Texas punted.

Two things: First, the fact that the Red Raiders scored should hardly be a surprise. Giving up first-drive sports is the norm, not the exception, for Texas this year. Opposing teams have now scored on eight of 10 first possessions. Second, it was what happened on Tech’s second drive that turned this game around for the Longhorns. After getting to Texas’ 1-yard line, Jett Duffey was pressured and threw an ill-advised pass on second-and-goal up for grabs; Davante Davis intercepted it and Texas started to roll.

5. Did Cameron Dicker get a field goal chance?

Yes. Two of them, in fact.

And it looked like he was going to get a third, an end-of-the-game shot to win it similar to the end of the Oklahoma game. Texas’ dramatic drive to end the game got into field goal territory with 30 seconds left. But the Longhorns ended up winning it on Sam Ehlinger’s 29-yard touchdown pass to Humphrey with 23 seconds left. Dicker would’ve faced a 46-yarder to win it there. Of course, he’d already knocked down a 52- and a 46-yarder earlier in the night. He has 14 field goals on the season.

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