Texas Tech Beats Texas 42-38

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (8-4, 5-2) kept their Big 12 championship hopes alive by beating the Texas Longhorns (9-2, 5-2) by a score of 42-38. Senior quarterback Kliff Kingsbury was unstoppable as he picked apart the Longhorn defense for 473 yards and 6 touchdowns.

The Longhorns scored first following a Kliff Kingsbury fumble. Texas drove 24 yards for the touchdown. The drive was capped by a 2-yard touchdown run by Cedric Benson to make the score 7-0.

The Longhorns scored once again in the first quarter on a 90-yard drive. A 17-yard touchdown pass to Roy Williams finished off the drive, bringing the score to 14-0.

Texas Tech got their first points early in the 2nd quarter. The Red Raiders drove 86 yards for a touchdown. A 23-yard pass to Wes Welker capped the drive.

The Red Raiders scored on their next drive as well. A 15-yard pass to Mickey Peters tied the game at 14-14.

Texas then drove 80 yards to take the lead back. A 19-yard pass to Roy Williams to give Texas the 21-14 lead midway through the 2nd quarter.

Texas Tech tied the game at the end of the second half. A 62-yard touchdown pass to Nehemiah Glover tied the game at 21-21 at the half.

Texas Tech took their first lead of the game in the 3rd quarter. The Red Raiders drove 51 yards for the score. The drive was capped by a 5-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker, giving Texas Tech a 28-21 Lead.

Texas answered with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Roy Williams. The touchdown tied the game at 28-28.

Early in the 4th quarter Texas took the lead on a Dusty Mangum field goal, which bmade the score 31-28.

Texas Tech took the lead back on the following drive. A 16-yard touchdown pass to Nehemiah Glover finished the 69-yard drive to give Texas Tech the 35-31 lead.

Texas once again took the lead on an 84-yard pass to B.J. Johnson that gave Texas the 38-35 lead.

On the following drive Texas Tech went on the game-winning drive. Taurean Henderson caught a 25-yard touchdown pass to give the Red Raiders a 42-38 lead. Safety Ryan Aycock got an interception on the ensuing drive to ensure the Texas Tech victory.

Player of the Game
Kliff Kingsbury

Team Analysis

QB – Kliff Kingsbury had a magnificent performance in his final home game as a Red Raider. Kingsbury completed 38 of 60 passes for 473 yards and 6 touchdowns. Kingsbury was able to effectively attack every defensive scheme. Kingsbury has really progressed in his time under Head Coach Mike Leach. He used everything he has learned to guide his team to victory tonight. This game has ensured Kingsbury a place among the legends of Texas Tech football.

RB – Taurean Henderson had an unusually quite first half, but played a key role in the 2nd half. Henderson had 13 carries for 56 yards. Henderson also caught 5 passes for 52 yards and a touchdown. Henderson was able to keep the Texas defense honest with his ability to run and catch the ball.

WR – The wide receivers made some amazing plays to help their team to victory. Wes Welker led the team with 14 receptions for 169 yards and 2 touchdowns. Nehemiah Glover also contributed 2 touchdowns to the victory. Mickey Peters had 1 touchdown during the game. The receivers showed their abilities tonight against a good Texas secondary. As a unit, they are one of the top receiving corps in the country.

OL – Kingsbury dropped back to pass 62 times, and was only sacked twice. That stat alone shows how good this offensive line played. It's even more impressive that this was done against a top 5 defense. This unit has played good all year, but this was their best game yet.

DL – The defensive line played a good game tonight. The linemen made it a habit to spend a significant amount of the game in the Texas backfield. This was the first game where all 4 spots were productive in the same game. This unit will need to replicate this performance next Saturday.

LB – The linebackers were great against the run tonight. This was their primary assignment, and all of the linebackers did a good job playing their assignments. This unit still has a hard time in pass coverage, but they made some key plays to help the Red Raiders to victory.

DB – This much-maligned group faced a tough test today. They gave up some big plays, but they managed to keep most of the plays in front of them. Considering the talent that the Longhorns possess this was a good performance for the secondary. Like the linebackers, they got the job done when it counted.

Special Teams – With the exception of one big kickoff return special teams was flawless. Welker is the type of return man that could break one on any return. While he didn't manage a return for a touchdown today, he did place the offense in good field position several times.

Inside the Red Raiders Top Stories