Wide Left!

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-4, 4-3) lost a wild 43-40 shootout to the Texas Longhorns (9-2, 6-1). Running Back Taurean Henderson rushed for 101 yards and 3 touchdowns in a losing effort.

Texas Tech got on the board first, driving 80 yards on their first drive for a touchdown. Taurean Henderson finished the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run. A blocked extra point gave the Red Raiders a 6-0 lead.

Texas answered by driving 63 yards for a touchdown. Vincent Young threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Bo Scaife to give the longhorns a 7-6 lead.

Texas extended their lead early in the second quarter when Young found Sloan Thomas in the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown pass. The touchdown gave the Longhorns a 14-6 lead.

The Longhorns continued to gain momentum in the second quarter by driving 69 yards for a touchdown. Cedric Benson finished the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run to give Texas a 21-6 lead.

The Red Raiders kept themselves in the game by driving 92 yards. The drive was capped by a 19-yard touchdown pass to Mickey Peters. Symons found Nehemiah Glover for the 2-point conversion, bringing the score to 21-14.

Texas scored late in the half when Dusty Mangum connected on a 45-yard field goal to give the Longhorns a 24-14 halftime lead.

The Red Raiders scored first in the second half when Symons found Clay McGuire for a 25-yard touchdown pass. The reception made the score 24-21.

Texas answered with their second field goal of the game, this time a 34-yarder by Mangum to extend the lead to 27-21.

The Longhorns extended their lead further by driving 36 yards for a touchdown following a failed fourth down conversion by Texas Tech. Benson capped the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run. Young found Williams for the 2-point conversion to make the score 35-21.

The Red Raiders drove 80 yards to score late in the third quarter. Symons found Mickey Peters for a 14-yard touchdown pass. The touchdown made the score 35-28.

Texas Tech scored again early in the fourth quarter. This time Taurean Henderson rushed 3-yards for the touchdown. A blocked extra point made the score 35-34 in favor of Texas.

Texas Tech took the lead late in the fourth quarter when Taurean Henderson rushed 11-yards for a touchdown. The Red Raiders failed on the 2-point conversion, but took a 40-35 lead with just 2:02 left in the game.

Texas, led by Chance Mock, managed to move the ball down the field quickly, driving 85 yards in just 1:14. Chance Mock found B.J. Johnson in the end-zone for a 10-yard touchdown pass. Mock scored the 2-point conversion to give the Longhorns a 43-40 lead.

The Red raiders were able to set-up a 48-yard field goal attempt for Keith Toogood that would have tied the game, but Toogood missed the kick wide left giving the Longhorns the 43-40 victory.

Player of the Game
Taurean Henderson

Team Analysis

QBB.J. Symons made the most of his only chance to face the Texas Longhorns. Symons completed 33 0f 57 passes (57.9%) for 385 yards and 3 touchdowns. While Symons didn't play great in the first half, his overall performance was solid. This game proved that Symons could be productive against a top defense.

RB – Taurean Henderson was a workhorse for the Red Raiders in tonight's game. Henderson rushed 17 times for 101 yards (5.9 yards per carry) and 3 touchdowns. Henderson also caught 3 passes for 24 yards. Henderson was an important factor in keeping the chains moving, and keeping the Texas defense honest throughout the game. Henderson's ability to make defenders miss continues to be a huge asset to the Red Raiders' offense.

WR – Mickey Peters had an outstanding game, catching 7 passes for 92 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wes Welker also had a good game, converting several key 3rd and 4th down plays. This group of receivers played against one of the top defenses in the country, and proved why they are the best set of receiver sin the country.

OL – The Texas Tech line played against a great defensive line, and still allowed the Texas Tech offense to gain 547 yards of total offense, including 162 rushing yards. This group has played well all year, but they have really stepped up in big games.

DL – The defensive line didn't play a great game by any stretch of the imagination, but there were times where they played good football. The most impressive stat is Vincent Young being held to just 50 rushing yards. They did an excellent job keeping Young in the pocket for most of game.

LB – Like the defensive line, these guys played a somewhat inconsistent game. There were some big plays made in key situations, but there were also some breakdowns in other key situations. The focus in this game was to contain Young, and the linebackers did a good job in that respect.

DB – The secondary played a solid game despite facing an extremely talented group of receivers. Vincent Meeks and Jamaal Jackson both had interceptions in key situations. This group did have a few breakdowns in key situations, including the Longhorn's final scoring drive, but on the whole stepped up to the level of their competition.

Special Teams – The Red Raiders didn't have one of their better days on special teams. Two blocked extra points were definitely the low point of their performance. Toogood's missed field goal did give the Longhorns the win, but the kick did have plenty of distance, and was fairly close. That doesn't make the outcome any better, but it is nice to know that Toogood has the leg if necessary.


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