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GOOD, BAD, UGLY FROM UT'S FIRST ROAD WIN

Chip Brown's GOOD, BAD & UGLY from Texas' 45-37 win at Texas Tech - the Longhorns' first win away from Austin in 2016 (0-4 previously) - including D'Onta Foreman's 341-yard rushing performance (9 shy of Ricky Williams' single-game record) ...

GOOD

 

* Kris Boyd’s INT in the end zone with 9 seconds left, ensuring Texas’ first victory away from Austin this season and improving the Longhorns’ record to 5-4 with games against West Virginia, at Kansas and home vs TCU remaining.

 

* D’Onta Foreman ran 33 times for 341 yards and 3 TDs (the school single-game rushing record is 350 yards by Ricky Williams vs Iowa State in 1998).

 

* HUGE - fourth-and-1 stand by the Texas defense, forcing a turnover on downs at the Tech 35 with 4:01 to play and the Horns leading 45-37.

 

 

* Malik Jefferson pressured/sacked Mahomes into an intentional grounding penalty on third-and-6 from the Tech24, resulting in a fourth-and-17 from the Tech13. Punt.

 

 

* Using spies - Malik Jefferson and Jeffrey McCulloch - on Patrick Mahomes, because Jefferson and McCulloch came up with big plays in the second half. None bigger than a 21-yard sack of Mahomes by Malik on fourth-and-10 from the Texas 29, giving UT the ball at the 50 early in the 4Q.

 

 

* Texas’ Jeffrey McCulloch recovered a fumble by Tech WR Derrick Willies after Willies hurdled S Jason Hall leaving the ball exposed for S John Bonney to strip it. The turnover was huge, because Willies had caught the ball and run for 31 yards on third-and-10 from the 50 before McCulloch recovered the ball at the Texas 19 with 31 seconds left 3Q.

 

 

* The whole half turned from a momentum standpoint - toward Texas Tech - after Texas drove the ball 99 yards to the Tech goal line, only to have the officials rule that D'Onta Foreman had the ball ripped out of his hands before crossing the goal line by Tech DB Douglas Coleman, who then was credited with a 100-yard return for a TD (when at least one  photo showed Coleman may have been forced OB at the 2 by Devin Duvernay).

 

So for Texas to answer that craziness with a 9-play, 75-yard TD drive kept alive by a huge 6-yard completion from Shane Buechele to Collin Johnson on third-and-4 from the Texas 19 - was HUGE. Collin Johnson capped the drive with his second TD catch of the day - and a second acrobatic toe-tapper.

 

That was followed by the defense getting a stop, and Texas going 48 yards in 11 plays in 1:28 for a 29-yard FG by Trent Domingue (banked in off the left goal post) - for a 24-23 halftime lead.

 

That first half could have easily gone south after that 100-yard return by Tech. And it didn't.

 

* Big third-down conversion pass from Shane Buechele to Collin Johnson for 6 yards on third-and-4 from the Texas 19 kept drive alive that also featured D’Onta Foreman breaking off a 55-yard run that put Foreman over 100 yards rushing (102) with 10:10 left 2Q.

 

* A hitch from Shane Buechele to Jake Oliver on UT’s first offensive play turned into a 52-yard catch-and-run that helped set up a 4-yard TD run by D’Onta Foreman, tying the game 7-7 1Q.

 

 

BAD

  

* After D’Onta Foreman runs for 3 and 5 yards on first- and second-down, in comes the 18-Flat Tire Package and Swoopes ran for 1 yard on third-and-2 and - rather than have Trent Domingue attempt a 43-yard FG for a possible 11-point lead with just more than 2 minutes left to play - Swoopes ran for 0 yards on fourth-and-1, giving Tech the ball back.

 

 

* P.J. Locke’s dropped INT with 16 seconds left to play

 

 

* After a great possession by the Texas defense in which Mahomes was forced into intentional grounding on third down by Malik Jefferson, the Texas offense, holding a 45-37 lead, went three-and-out in just 45 seconds - punting the ball back to Tech with 7:04 left.

 

 

* With Jeffrey McCulloch spying on Mahomes, Mahomes bobbed and weaved away from McCulloch and completed a third-and-8 pass from the TT12 along the sideline for 14 yards with 1:57 left 3Q. (That drive ended at the Texas19 on a fumble caused by John Bonney and recovered by Jeffrey McCulloch.)

 

 

* Malcolm Roach was called for a 15-yard horse collar personal foul with Tech facing third-and-7 from the Texas 45 (Mahomes completed the pass on the play for 10 yards - so it would’ve been a first down either way).

 

 

* Appeared Jason Hall could've had two INTS on Saturday if he would have tracked the ball better - one in the end zone in the first half and a deep ball in the middle of the field early in the 3Q.

 

 

* A 99-yard Texas drive ends in a 100-yard TD play for Tech’s defense … 

 

Chop block (and it was a good call) on Kent Perkins - going at the knee of a Tech D-lineman engaged with Zach Shackelford on first-and-goal from the 9 - negated a pop-pass TD from Tyrone Swoopes to Caleb Bluiett and set up first-and-goal from the 24.

 

Then, on third-and-goal from the 23, D’Onta Foreman was right at the goal-line after a 23-yard run in which he dragged defenders for the final 6 yards, and officials ruled Tech CB Douglas Coleman ripped the ball out before Foreman crossed the goal line - and then Coleman went 100 yards the other direction for a Tech TD and a 23-14 lead with 7:50 left 2Q.

 

 

* Jerrod Heard dropped a deep ball behind the coverage that probably would have gone for a 74-yard TD with 36 seconds left in the 1Q.

 

 

* Texas fell behind 7-0 with 11:37 left 1Q after kicking off first in every game this season (9) and giving up first drive TDs in six of those games (ND, Cal, Ok State, K-State, BU and Tech).

 

 

UGLY

 * After D’Onta Foreman runs for 3 and 5 yards on first- and second-down, in comes the 18-Flat Tire Package and Swoopes ran for 1 yard on third-and-2 and - rather than have Trent Domingue attempt a 43-yard FG for a possible 11-point lead with just more than 2 minutes left to play - Swoopes ran for 0 yards on fourth-and-1, giving Tech the ball back.

 

 


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