Seeking their first win against a ranked opponent this season the Texas Longhorns face the No. 20 Texas Tech Red Raiders Saturday afternoon at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Last week, Texas Tech kept pace with Kansas State for the first half, but was blown out 42-14 in the final two quarters in a 55-24 loss. The Red Raiders failed to contain Wildcats’ quarterback Collin Klein, who led five consecutive touchdown drives in the second half.
Quarterback Seth Doege went 35-for-50 for 331 yards and two touchdowns, but also added an interception. Eric Ward led all receivers with 11 catches for 161 yards and two scores.
Then there's Texas, who hasn’t had much luck against ranked opponents this season. They dropped a narrow 48-45 shootout to then-No. 8 West Virginia and were crushed in a 63-21 loss to Oklahoma in consecutive weeks.
The 6-2 Longhorns may be on the right track now after their second straight win over Kansas last week. Quarterback Case McCoy led Texas on a final 70-yard drive capped by a one-yard touchdown pass to running back D.J. Grant with 12 seconds remaining for the 21-17 win.
Gray finished the game with 18 carries for 111 yards, as the Longhorns abandoned the passing game, throwing just seven times.
Kansas gained 234 rushing yards against the Longhorns, but failed to reach the end zone in the second half, only netting a field goal in the final two quarters.
Lauded as one of the best in the country before the season began, the Texas defense will have to do better than allowing 32.8 points per game against Tech.
The Red Raiders have lost 11 of the last 13 meetings against the Longhorns, but are favored this year in part to their 12th ranked offense, led by Doege's 30 touchdown passes this season.
The game begins at 3:30 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast by ABC or ESPN2 depending on your region of the country, or you can watch their live stream online at Watch ESPN here by submitting your cable provider information
Prediction: With a very slim chance at a bowl berth, the Longhorns will be playing for pride Saturday, and that motivation should carry them to a very close upset victory.
Betting Odds: Texas Tech is favored by 7 points
Over/Under: 67 points
Predicted Score: Texas 35, Texas Tech 27