CHARLIE STRONG SAYS 48-45 LOSS TO TECH WILL MAKE HIS YOUNG TEAM 'STRONGER'

Charlie Strong, whose team dropped to 4-7 with a road game at Baylor looming on Dec. 5, said a 48-45 loss at home to Texas Tech will make his young team stronger.

Texas lost a wild shootout with Texas Tech, 48-45 - the Red Raiders' first win in Austin since 1997 - as Chris Warren ran 25 times for 276 yards (11 ypc), including TD runs of 91, 26, 23 and 8 yards.

Warren broke Ced Benson's Texas single-game freshman rushing record of 213 yards and finished with the highest rushing total in the Big 12 this season.

"Coach Strong just told me, '25, I expect a good game from you this week,'" said Warren, who got the start. "And I was like, 'Alright Coach. I'll do what I can.'"

Texas came into the game without RBs D'Onta Foreman (finger) and Johnathan Gray (turf toe) as well as OG Patrick Vahe (knee) and then lost QB Jerrod Heard (concussion), RB Kirk Johnson (knee), DT Tank Jackson (stomach), LB Peter Jinkens (knee), S Dylan Haines (knee), TE Caleb Bluiett (knee), DT Hassan Ridgeway (ankle) and LB Malik Jefferson (ankle).

Unfortunately, Warren missed a block on the play Heard was knocked out of the game in the first half and got a butt-chewing on the sideline from RB coach Tommie Robinson.

But Warren bounced back. At that time, he had just 6 carries for 13 yards.

Strong said this loss, which drops Texas to 4-7, will continue to make a young team stronger.

"You look at all the young players out there," Strong said. "I think they'll bounce back, and they'll learn. It's only going to make them stronger."

Texas Tech turned the ball over 4 times, and UT was able to convert those miscues into 10 points.

Texas turned it over twice, and Tech was able to convert those mistakes into 7 points.

Tech, the second-leading offense in the country, rolled up 665 yards of offense (293 rushing, 372 passing). The Red Raiders scored their first TD on a 65-yard catch-and-run by Jakeem Grant after it appeared Holton Hill would make an interception but had the ball jarred loose on a hit by Tech WR Devin Lauderdale  - only to have Grant catch the ball out of the air, in stride, for the score.

Tech's final TD came on a trick play in which Jakeem Grant ran around the left end for 40 yards.

"It was a midget play called hook' em," Grant said. "We have been running it in practice, and we had two weeks to get perfect, and that's what we did.  I knew when that defensive end bit up that I would be in the clear, and that's what I did."

Texas had 467 yards of offense (403 rushing, 64 passing).

Strong was asked if he'll make staff changes, and Strong said he'd address that at the end of the season.

Texas finishes the regular season at Baylor on Dec. 5.


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