No. 23 Texas Defeats No. 18 Texas Tech 31-22

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 3, 2012

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 13:  David Ash #14 of the Texas Longhorns warms up on the field before the Texas Longhorns take on the Oklahoma Sooners at Cotton Bowl on October 13, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Now that Texas A&M is in the SEC, this is the real battle for Texas.

Texas was able to win this matchup over Texas Tech by a score of 31-22.

The Longhorns have had a difficult time this season getting both the offense and defense to play well in the same game. After a 56-50 win over Baylor, the team was only able to beat Kansas 21-17. 

However, both sides came to play today. The defense did its job, holding the Red Raiders to only 22 points. Considering that offense was averaging 40.5 points per game coming in, this is a very solid performance.

Offensively, Texas was helped by a big outburst early in the game. Quarterback David Ash, who had struggled recently and was even replaced late in the game last week by Case McCoy, came out with a big first half.

Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News had the details of the sophomore's impressive start:

 

Texas QB David Ash now 6-for-6 for 180 yards and two TDs after 75-yard strike to Mike Davis for 21-10 UT lead.

— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) November 3, 2012

 

ESPN also produced this telling stat for the Longhorns:

 

Texas has 3 passes for 30+ yards in 1st half today. Had 3 in the last 2 weeks combined. #TEXvsTTU

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 3, 2012

 

Ash finished with 264 passing yards with three touchdowns. He was helped a lot by receiver Mike Davis and his 165 receiving yards and two touchdowns. 

The key in the future will be for the offense to produce with more consistency. 

Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege led a furious comeback after being down 11 points at halftime. He finished with 329 passing yards and a touchdown.

Receiver Eric Ward also had a big game, with 126 receiving yards on eight catches.

Unfortunately for the Red Raiders, they were never able to complete the comeback.

They had a chance to tie it in the third quarter after scoring a touchdown, but the team could not complete the two-point conversion. Texas then blocked a field goal in the fourth quarter when Texas Tech had a chance to make it a one-possession game.

The Longhorns eventually ran out the clock, defeating a ranked team for the first time in the last nine attempts. 

 

Uniform Watch

When the game began, the biggest buzz around was regarding the uniforms that Texas Tech was wearing. They debuted their "Lone Star Pride" jerseys against their in-state rivals (via Bleacher Report's Twitter Account).

 

Texas Tech's new Lone Star Pride uniforms for Saturday's game against Texas (h/t @darrenrovell) twitter.com/BleacherReport…

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 29, 2012

 

However, the reaction was not all positive. The writers of popular college football blog The Solid Verbal believed that the uniforms were underwhelming.

 

These Texas Tech uniforms are awful. Under Armour with a big swing and a big miss.

— The Solid Verbal (@SolidVerbal) November 3, 2012

 

Overall the reaction was mixed, but it proved once again that you cannot please everyone.

 

What's Next?

After a run of five straight games against ranked opponents, things get a little easier for Texas Tech at the end of the schedule.

The Red Raiders stay home to face 1-7 Kansas next week, then end the year with games against Oklahoma State and Baylor. 

Texas has two home games against Iowa State and TCU before traveling to Manhattan to take on Kansas State. This final game should be one of the best of the year, even if the Longhorns are eliminated from the Big 12 race by then.