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Defensive-minded Texas crushes Texas Tech, 41-16

Posted November 28th, 2013

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IT’S OVER.

Texas has beaten Texas Tech, 41-16.

The Longhorns improve to 8-3 overall and 7-1 in the Big 12.

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Texas Tech drops to 7-5, 4-5.

Texas ends its regular season next Saturday at Baylor.

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FOURTH QUARTER.

There’s 4:22 left.

It’s Texas 41, Texas Tech 16.

The latest Texas Tech mental mistake — this time, a Texas punt turned into a turnover when the ball bounced off a Red Raiders player and was recovered by Leroy Scott, plus a personal foul call after the play — set the Longhorns up at Tech’s 4-yard line.

Tyrone Swoopes entered the game for the first time, in relief of Case McCoy. He carried it over for a 1-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-goal, much to the delight of the Royal-Memorial Stadium crowd.

It was Swoopes’ first career touchdown.

Jalen Overstreet also is playing for the Longhorns. McCoy, Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron look done for the night.

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FOURTH QUARTER.

There’s 11:04 left.

It’s Texas 34, Texas Tech 16.

The Red Raiders have made a quarterback change, swapping one Lake Travis Cavalier for another, and have scored their first points since the closing seconds of the first half.

Michael Brewer, coming off the bench, replaced a harried and largely ineffective Baker Mayfield on Tech’s last drive, which was started by a turnover — Marcus Johnson committed his second fumble of the game, both coming on end-around runs. The first one was because he carried the ball loosely. The second one was because he didn’t protect it well enough while being gang-tackled; he was stripped of the ball.

Brewer threw an 11-yard strike to Jace Amaro, Tech’s best playmaker who had been largely quiet tonight.

Jackson Jeffcoat, who has three sacks, was on the sidelines for this drive. On Tech’s 2-point conversion play, Brewer was sacked by Caleb Bluiett and Malcom Brown.

Tech’s scoring drive went 78 yards in 7 plays and took 1:55 off the clock.

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THIRD QUARTER.

There’s 14:56 left.

It’s Texas 34, Texas Tech 10.

This game has the feel of already being over. And there’s still a whole quarter to play.

Texas has gone up by four scores on Mike Davis’ 7-yard touchdown catch.

Case McCoy made two important plays on the drive — a 13-yard pass to Marcus Johnson on the front end and a 23-yard pass play to Joe Bergeron that moved Texas to Tech’s 12-yard line.

Bergeron left the game three plays later after being shaken up. It didn’t look serious.

Davis now has eight touchdown catches on the season.

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THIRD QUARTER.

There’s 10:04 left.

It’s Texas 27, Texas Tech 10.

The Longhorns have turned their second takeaway of the game into points. Case McCoy’s sneak up the middle from 1 yard out has put Texas up by 17 points.

It’s appropriate that McCoy scored. He had a big 16-yard scramble down to the 3-yard line to set up the score.

Texas got the ball on a strange turnover. Baker Mayfield threw a short pass at the line of scrimmage to Reginald Davis, who then pivoted and tried to throw back across the line toward Mayfield. But Davis’ pass was wobbly, and it landed on the ground short of the quarterback.

Josh Turner pounced on the ball, giving Texas possession at midfield. The play was reviewed and upheld.

There has been a Josh Cochran sighting. Texas’ starting right tackle, who hasn’t played since the Ole Miss game, saw time as a backup. He lined up for the goal-line runs. Cochran, who usually wears No. 78, is wearing No. 80 tonight.

Kennedy Estelle made his eighth start at right tackle.

Tonight’s official attendance: 100,668.

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IT’S HALFTIME.

Texas leads Texas Tech, 20-10.

The Red Raiders got a 32-yard field goal by Ryan Bustin as the first-half clock expired.

Jackson Jeffcoat, who has three sacks tonight, sacked Baker Mayfield twice on this drive. The first one forced a punt, which ended up becoming a first down by penalty thanks to a 15-yard roughing the kicker call on Caleb Bluiett. The second came right before the final field goal, as Jeffcoat sacked Mayfield on third-and-6 from Texas’ 8.

Stats, analysis to follow.

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SECOND QUARTER.

There’s 3:07 left.

It’s Texas 20, Texas Tech 7.

The Longhorns have just completed a big scoring drive, padding their lead on Joe Bergeron’s 12-yard touchdown run.

Texas’ drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 2:37 off the clock.

Malcolm Brown (3 carries for 21 yards) was a big key on the drive. He had a nifty 12-yard run up the middle made courtesy of blocks in front of him by Trey Hopkins and Kennedy Estelle.

But it was some trickery that got the Horns close. Jaxon Shipley threw a 43-yard strike to Mike Davis downifeld that brought Texas into scoring territory.

Davis is having a very nice night. Besides his touchdown catch and the long grab on the Shipley pass, he did a nice job of blocking in front of Bergeron on the touchdown run.

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SECOND QUARTER.

There’s 3:07 left.

It’s Texas 20, Texas Tech 7.

The Longhorns have just completed a big scoring drive, padding their lead on Joe Bergeron’s 12-yard touchdown run.

Texas’ drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 2:37 off the clock.

Malcolm Brown (3 carries for 21 yards) was a big key on the drive. He had a nifty 12-yard run up the middle made courtesy of blocks in front of him by Trey Hopkins and Kennedy Estelle.

But it was some trickery that got the Horns close. Jaxon Shipley threw a 43-yard strike to Mike Davis downifeld that brought Texas into scoring territory.

Davis is having a very nice night. Besides his touchdown catch and the long grab on the Shipley pass, he did a nice job of blocking in front of Bergeron on the touchdown run.

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SECOND QUARTER.

There’s 8:18 left.

It’s Texas 13, Texas Tech 7.

The Longhorns have extended their lead. Anthony Fera’s 49-yard field goal — his 19th in 20 tries this season, and his second of the game — has Texas up by six.

The play, however, came after a long delay caused by an injury to Tech senior cornerback Bruce Jones, who was hurt while trying to deliver a hit on Malcolm Brown during a pass play.

Jones remained on the field for several minutes. He was carted off.

Fera’s 49-yarder was the second longest of the season. He had a career-long 50-yarder against Oklahoma.

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SECOND QUARTER.

There’s 12:09 left.

It’s still Texas 10, Texas Tech 7.

Linebacker Steve Edmond is hurt.

He was hit hard on a block by Tech receiver Eric Ward. It was a blind hit as Edmond’s eyes were on quarterback Baker Mayfield.

The game was stopped as Edmond was attended to. He was helped off the field by Texas trainers and headed directly into the locker room.

Ward’s hit — which was legal — impacted Edmond in the upper torso/right shoulder area.

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START OF THE SECOND QUARTER.

It’s Texas 10, Texas Tech 7.

The Longhorns have struck right at the end of the first quarter, a 47-yard touchdown pass from Case McCoy to Mike Davis.

Texas’ scoring “drive” was only three plays long, but took up 77 yards.

Joe Bergeron, on first down, rambled for 27 yards on a hard run.

But even before that big play, there have been plenty of developments:

Texas got the ball because Tech’s Ryan Bustin missed a 40-yard field goal attempt.

That came right after Bustin had made a 35-yard kick. It was called back, however, by a delay of game penalty.

The big play of Tech’s drive was a 32-yard pass from Baker Mayfield to Eric Ward, down to Texas’ 24-yard line.

But there were important events before that, even.

First, Texas forced a turnover. Duke Thomas had a tip-drill interception of a Mayfield pass to star tight end Jace Amaro. The pass bounced off Amaro’s hands and Thomas nabbed it.

Then, as Texas was driving, quarterback Case McCoy kept the ball on a scramble on a second-and-8 play. He ran for 10 yards, but was hit hard in the shoulder/neck/head area by Tech linebacker Terrance Bullitt.

McCoy lost the ball on the play. Tech recovered.

But the replay, however, showed that McCoy’s knee was down before the ball came out. The Longhorns retained possession.

McCoy made his way back to the sideline after the fumble and bent over the bench. During the official replay, there was speculation that he may not be able to go back in — McCoy, remember, is playing in place of David Ash, whose season is over after suffering a concussion in the second game of the season.

McCoy, however, did go back in. On third-and-7, he was sacked after being flushed from the pocket.

That gave Tech the ball back.

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FIRST QUARTER

There’s 6:00 left.

It’s Texas Tech 7, Texas 3.

The Longhorns have answered Tech’s touchdown with a field goal.

Anthony Fera’s 37-yarder is his 18th successful field goal attempt in 19 tries. He was announced to be one of three national finalists for the Groza Award, given each year to the country’s best kicker.

Texas’ drive: 11 plays, 49 yards, 3:38 off the clock.

The key play on the drive was a 15-yard personal foul penalty on Kerry Hyder brought Texas to Tech’s 20-yard line.

From there, though, Texas stalled.

Malcolm Brown was stopped for no gain on first down.

On second down, Case McCoy missed Marcus Johnson on a slant pattern; it’s possible that Johnson might’ve scored on the play.

On third-and-10, Joe Bergeron couldn’t handle a short pass from McCoy up the middle.

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FIRST QUARTER.

There’s 9:44 left.

It’s Texas Tech 7, Texas 0.

The Red Raiders have scored first, by dramatic fashion.

After Duke Thomas sacked Tech quarterback Baker Mayfield for a 9-yard loss on third-and-8 from Texas’ 42, the Red Raiders lined up for a punt.

John Harris streaked into the backfield on his rush, but punter Ryan Erxleben instead tucked it and ran, as Harris streaked right by him. Erxleben ran around the right end and down the sideline, behind a wall of blockers. Jaxon Shipley was taken out by a block and Erxleben — whose father Russell was a Longhorns All-American — scored on a 51-yard run.

It’s the longest run of the season so far for Tech.

A key play on the drive was a 19-yard scramble on third-and-short by Red Raiders quarterback Baker Mayfield that brought Tech into Texas territory.

Some early observations:

Texas’ kick return coverage, which has really struggled, didn’t get of to a great start. Tech’s Reginald Davis returned the opening kickoff 26 yards by weaving through a couple of missed tackles. The return was called back, however, by a holding penalty.

First nice play of the game for Texas? Quandre Diggs tipped Baker Mayfield’s third-and-4 pass attempt on a blitz, forcing a punt.

How will Texas make up for not having Daje Johnson tonight? Diggs and Jaxon Shipley are handling returns, for one. Shipley got the first punt return of the game. Nine yards.

Both teams produced three-and-outs on their initial drives.

Joe Bergeron is wearing No. 32 tonight, not his regular 24. It’s in honor of Johnathan Gray, whose dad was an All-American tailback for Texas Tech.

Another Longhorns trouble spot — defending running quarterbacks — was an early issue tonight as well. On Tech’s second drive, Mayfield eluded Cedric Reed’s pass rush and rambled fairly untouched for 19 yards on a third-and-2 play. It gave the Red Raiders a first down in Texas territory.

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FIVE MINUTES TO KICKOFF.

We’re getting ready for Texas vs. Texas Tech. Our game chat has launched, we’re bunkered down in the Royal-Memorial Stadium Press Box, and have enough tryptophan in our systems that I don’t think we’re going anywhere.

What’s at stake: Texas, at 6-1 in the Big 12, still has a shot at winning the conference title. But a loss tonight takes that away completely.

What’s got to happen?

First, Texas must beat Texas Tech.

Then, Texas must beat Baylor next Saturday in Waco.

Also, Texas needs Oklahoma to beat Oklahoma State in Stillwater next Saturday.

If those three things happen, then Texas is your Big 12 champion.

Senior Night: This is the final home game for Texas’ seniors. The list includes quarterback Case McCoy, wide receiver Mike Davis, defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, left guard Trey Hopkins, right guard Mason Walters, cornerback Carrington Byndom and safety Adrian Phillips.

They’ll all be recognized before kickoff.

What about Mack?: Think about it. This might be the final home game at Royal-Memorial Stadium for Mack Brown, too. Who knows what’s going to happen come December and January?

About Tech: Lake Travis alum Baker Mayfield will get the start at quarterback tonight for the Red Raiders. He’s completed 194 of his 296 attempts for 2,078 yards, with 12 TDs and 8 interceptions. Kenny Williams, another Red Raider from the Longhorns’ backyard (Pflugerville Hendrickson), is the leading rusher (439 yards, 8 TDs). Tech’s two biggest weapons are pass-catchers — tight end Jace Amaro (92 catches, 1,157 yards, 6 TDs) and receiver Eric Ward (72-816-8).

Horns defensive coordinator Greg Robinson likened Amaro — who’s 6-5, 260 — to New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Mack Brown said Amaro was a thicker, faster version of Jermichael Finley.

Amaro averages 105.2 yards a game.

About Texas: The Longhorns are coming off a bye week as well as a crushing loss to Oklahoma State. The 38-13 loss was the most lopsided ever for Brown at Texas at home. Wide receiver/tailback/returner Daje Johnson won’t play tonight; he’s been suspended for violating team rules, and may or may not be back for Baylor. Quandre Diggs and Jaxon Shipley will handle return duties.

Questions to answer: (1) Will Texas sans Johnathan Gray rush for 250 yards (the Horns average 192.7) against the Big 12’s seventh-rated rush defense? (2) Will Texas win the turnover battle? (3) Will Texas, which was sparked on its six-game winning streak by outstanding pass rushes and big plays from defensive ends Jackson Jeffcoat and Cedric Reed, get to Mayfield tonight after not recording a sack against Okie State? (4) Will Amaro, who averages 8.4 catches a game, be held to seven catches or less? (5) Will Mike Davis, who hasn’t had a touchdown catch at DKR since the loss to Ole Miss, catch a TD in his final home game?

The weather: It’s 56. It’s cold. And dry. Not much wind at all, though.

The crowd: We’ll see. As usual, the student section is late-arriving. This being Thanksgiving, that section is a bit of a wild card anyway. Last year’s Thanksgiving game against TCU was the smallest home crowd of 2012. What’ll happen with this Tech matchup tonight?

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