Big 12 Football: Despite Sloppy Play, Longhorns Prevail 24-14 Over Red Raiders
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LUBBOCK, TX - After resorting to the third grade method of the 'silent treatment' as intimidation (seriously), Texas Tech fans were ready to see an upset similar to the 2008 abomination at AT&T Field where Michael Crabtree caught the game-winning touchdown with no time left on the clock. Instead, their fans were treated to one of the ugliest games to ever be witnessed by man: 7 turnovers, 193 penalty yards, high school uniforms (looking at you, Texas Tech) and a game that nearly put the entire state of Texas into a coma.
Still, there were a few bright spots for the Longhorns, both of which came from 5-star freshman recruits. Freshman wideout Mike Davis had six catches for 45 yards and a touchdown, while freshman defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat had two sacks.
Texas' offensive showcase was uninspired, to say the least. Garrett Gilbert threw a touchdown pass to Texas Tech, along with two other interceptions. Kirkendoll lost a fumble. Texas managed to score 10 second half points, which is 10 less than the SMU Mustangs managed in their game against the Raiders in week one.
The defense looked dominant as usual. They gave up one touchdown in the game, with the other touchdown coming on a Garrett Gilbert interception returned by Jarvis Philips for 87 yards. They gave up 147 total yards in the game, including a net rushing stat of -14.
No big surprises in this game. After the score was 14-0, it looked like Texas might be rolling past the Raiders to avenge their 2008 loss. But after a few flukey plays, something that always seems to happen against Tech, the game shifted sides, but not so much that the talent levels didn't balance the game out in the end. Overall, Texas was the better team, and they won out.
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