Game Notes Per TexasSports.com
• Thursday's game will be the 65th meeting between the Texas Longhorns and Texas Tech Red Raiders.
• Both teams are coming off a bye week. In its last game, Texas fell 38-20 on the road at West Virginia, and Texas Tech defeated Kansas State, 59-44, at home.
• RB D'Onta Foreman had his fourth 100-yard game at West Virginia with 147 yards on 18 carries. He also had a 65-yard TD for his fifth score of the season. All four of his 100-yard games have come in conference play.
• RB Johnathan Gray is fast-approaching elite company. He needs just 58 yards to surpass Hodges Mitchell for the 10th most rushing yards in Texas history.
• As part of a special halftime performance by blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughn with the Longhorn Band, the length of halftime for the game will be extended by five minutes.
Thanksgiving Day Tradition
• Texas played its first Thanksgiving Day game in 1893, an 18-16 win over Dallas University.
• Thursday's game will be the second time Texas has faced in-state rival Texas Tech on Thanksgiving. Texas won this matchup in 2013 by the score of 41-16.
• Texas is 59-25-3 (.695) all-time on Thanksgiving Day and 41-13-1 (.755) at home.
• A group of 22 seniors will suit up against Texas Tech in their final home game for the Longhorns. In all, the seniors have combined to start 198 games, led by CB Duke Thomas with 33, OG Sedrick Flowers and RB Johnathan Gray with 23 each, C Taylor Doyle, DT Desmond Jackson and LB Peter Jinkenswith 21 each, followed by WR Marcus Johnson (17), WR Daje Johnson (16), OT Marcus Hutchins (14), DE Shiro Davis (8) and FB Alex De La Torre (1). Meanwhile, K Nick Rose has handled a majority of the kickoff duties for the last four years and the place kicking duties for the last two. In addition to that group are DB Dillon Boldt, FB Dominic Cruciani, RB Gaston Davis, WR Hunter DeGroot, LB Trey Gonzales, K Nick Jordan, DB Tyler Lee, DB Tyler Marriott, TE Logan Mills and OL Clark Orren.
Scouting the Red Raiders
• Texas Tech boasts one of the most prolific offenses in the nation under head coach Kliff Kingsbury. The Red Raiders are averaging 588.1 yards per game to rank No. 3 in the nation behind fellow Big 12 foes Baylor and TCU. Tech also is scoring 46.5 points per game to stand No. 2 behind Baylor's 54.8 points per game.
• Texas Tech is known for is "Air Raid" offense but is making large gains on the ground this year. RB DeAndre Washington has tallied 1,282 yards rushing through 11 games to rank 10th in the nation. His 116.5 yards per game ranks 19th. His 12 rushing TDs lead the Big 12 Conference as well.
• QB Patrick Mahomes ranks fourth in the nation with 355.5 yards passing per game. His 31 TDs are also fourth.
• WR Jakeem Grant is a dual threat for the Red Raiders. He averages 94.4 yards per game receiving with more than 1,000 total on the year to rank as one of the top receivers in the nation. His speed also plays a big role in Texas Tech's special teams. Grant has returnd two kickoffs for touchdowns already this season.
• In addition to the Red Raiders scoring 46.5 points a game, Tech allows 42.4 points. In seven of Tech's games this season, teams have combined to score 90+ points with five of them being 100+.
• Texas leads the all-time series against Texas Tech, 49-15, after winning six straight games.
• The Longhorns are 30-5 at home against the Red Raiders.
• Texas has not lost at home to Texas Tech since 1997, winning the last eight games in DKR by an average of 26.3 points.
• Last year, Texas bested the Red Raiders, 34-13, in Lubbock.
• RB Johnathan Gray ran for one TD with 77 yards on 17 carries. Malcolm Brown led the team with 116 yards.
• The Longhorns held the Red Raiders scoreless in the second half.
Foreman Gaining Ground
• RB D'Onta Foreman has had an impressive sophomore campaign thus far with four 100-yard games.
• Against Kansas (Nov. 7) he improved his career-high to 157 yards. He had 12 carries for an average of 14.8 yards in the 59-20 victory.
• In the third quarter against KU, Foreman broke off a 93-yard run to the end zone. It was the third-longest rush in school history. Foreman is the only player currently listed in the top 15 to have two of those long carries.
• Foreman followed his career day against Kansas with 147 yards on 18 carries with a 65-yard TD at West Virginia.
• Foreman's second 100-yard game of the season came against Oklahoma (Oct. 10) with 117 yards on just nine carries.
• He broke one carry for a career-long 81 yards to close the third quarter of the OU game that set up a touchdown pass from Tyrone Swoopes to Caleb Bluiett.
• His 81-yard rush is the longest rush by a UT player against Oklahoma and the second-longest non-TD run in UT history.
• Foreman also had 112 yards against TCU (Oct. 3) with a career high in carries (18).
• Foreman is the only player from a Power 5 Conference with two runs of 80 or more yards this season.
• He is the first Longhorn with back-to-back 100-yard games since Malcolm Brown closed the 2013 season with three straight 100-yard performances.
• At TCU he also had career highs with two receptions for 32 yards.
Growing Better with Age
• Foreman tallied 73 yards on 15 carries all of 2014 as a freshman.
• Two carries for 37 yards in career debut against North Texas last year
• Five carries for 13 yards against West Virginia (Nov. 8, 2014)
• In 2015, Foreman has averaged 68.1 yards per game and 7.2 yards per carry. His 7.2 yards per carry is close to the school record of 7.9 set by James Saxton in 1961. Foreman's five TDs have been an average of 32.9 yards.
No Gray Area
• Senior RB Johnathan Gray is climbing up the all-time lists at Texas. With a long history of legendary running backs for the Longhorns, Gray could move into the top 10 in yards soon.
• Gray needs just 58 yards to move ahead of Hodges Mitchell for 10th in school history. He is currently 12th and 54 yards separate him from Eric Metcalf for No. 11 on the list.
• He is averaging 48.9 yards per game so far this season with three TDs.
• With 23 yards against Iowa State, Gray moved ahead of Jim Bertelsen on the list.
• Against K-State on Oct. 24, Gray tallied 103 yards on 18 carries. It marked his first 100-yard game of the season and the sixth of his career.
• Against Cal on Sept. 19, Gray had just 46 yards rushing but made an impact on the passing game as well with a career-high 71 yards receiving.