Longhorns Run Away With Victory

Texas rolled the Red Raiders and put up 439 yards rushing en route to a 52-20 blowout in Austin.

The Red Raiders entered Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium looking to erase the images of Iowa State running up and down the field on them and running up the score at the same time.

But it was déjà vu for Texas Tech (5-4, 2-4 in Big 12 Conference Play) as for the second straight week the Red Raider defense looked defenseless against a powerful running game that Texas used to its advantage in a 52-20 win.

"You go into a game and you want to ideally be 50-50 (run versus pass)," Texas Co-Offensive Coordinator Bryan Harsin said. "Then you see the way a team is playing, how the running backs are in the flow, and it's hard to get away from that."

The game started slower than expected with two teams that have been known to put up points this season in bunches.

Tech drove the field to start the game and looked good doing it, but the drive stalled because of penalties and missed opportunities, and was held to just a field goal.

The Longhorns would answer with their own field goal making it 3-3, which would be the score when the first quarter came to an end.

Despite only putting three points up on the board, Texas had already exposed the Red Raiders weak run defense with seven runs for 58 yards by the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter and rest of the game would be a completely different story.

Tech starting quarterback Seth Doege couldn't get the offense going like they had been able to in previous games this season, and would only put another three points on the board before the half.

 "I think defenses have been playing us basic – kind of simple stuff," Doege said about the two past defenses being different. "I think it's just a matter of doing things the right way and not shooting ourselves in the foot, which I think we was kind of the case today."

With the Red Raider offense not producing points, it came down to the defense to hold off the Longhorns – Texas scored 28 points in the second quarter alone.

The running game of the Longhorns exploded for the second consecutive week, after putting 441 rushing yards on Kansas, Texas came close to matching that number with 439 on the Red Raider defense.

Freshman Joe Bergeron played a huge roll in the win, with regular starting running back Malcolm Brown our, carrying the ball 29 times for 195 yards, which included three trips to the end zone.

Behind Bergeron and the play of senior running back Fozzy Wittaker, who had 10 carries for 83 yards and two touchdowns, the Longhorns rolled their way to a 52-20 victory on Saturday.

Getting run on like that is not easy, Texas Tech defensive end Kerry Hyder said and the team has to move on and fix things.

"Yeah, I mean this is hard, giving up that many rushing yards and not being able to stop somebody," he said. "Like I said, we just need to go back to the drawing board and see what is going to work."

It marked the seventh consecutive loss for the Red Raiders when playing in Austin – the last win came in 1997.

Texas Tech has a week to regroup before No. 3 Oklahoma State rolls into Lubbock looking to continue its march towards a National Title.

 


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