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Game Nuggets: Red Raiders eye 4-0 start to the season

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The Texas Longhorns (2-1) open conference play against the Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-0) on Saturday at Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in the 71st meeting all-time between the two programs. 

Texas holds a 53-17 advantage in the series and leads Texas Tech 31-7 in games played in Austin.

The Red Raiders bring an air raid offense to Austin, led by junior quarterback Tyler Shough, that registers 441 yards of total offense per game.

The 3-0 start for Matt Wells' Red Raider program is the first since the 2017 season, however Wells is 0-2 against Texas as head coach at Texas Tech.

This is the first time the Longhorns and Red Raiders will play in Austin on a non-Thanksgiving Day weekend for the first time since the 2011 season.

NOTES:

  • Casey Thompson will start for the Longhorns at quarterback for the second consecutive week.  Thompson finished 15-18 for 164 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception last week against Rice.  The Longhorns beat the Owls 58-0.
  • LAST MEETING:  Texas won a shootout in Lubbock last season, defeating Texas Tech 63-56.  The Longhorns were down 15 points in the final three minutes but came back to win in OT.
  • This marks the second-straight year and fifth all-time in which Texas and Texas Tech open conference play.  Texas is 4-0 in these games.
  • Texas Tech ranks 9th nationally in FBS rushing defense, giving up just 57.3 yards per game on the ground. 
  • The Longhorns rank 15th in rushing offense, with an average of 240.3 yards gained on the ground each week.
  • Red Raider QB Tyler Shough is making his fourth start on Saturday and had a career high last week against FIU.  Shough completed 26-35 for 399 yards and four touchdowns in the 54-21 win.
  • Texas Tech RB Tahj Brooks leads the Red Raiders on the ground with 35 carries 284 yards and four touchdowns, including 100+ yard performances in the first two games of the season.
  • Texas Tech has two defensive touchdowns already this season, both pick-sixes, coming from linebacker Rico Jeffers and defensive back Marquis Waters.  The Red Raiders had four interceptions against Houston in Week 1 of the season.
  • A win by Texas Tech would mark the first 4-0 start for the Red Raiders since 2013.
  • A win by Texas give Steve Sarkisian a 3-0 record at home, making him the first head coach to win his first three home games at DKR since Mack Brown in 1998.
  • In five of the last six games, the outcome of the game has been decided by a touchdown or less.

The Longhorns and Red Raiders will kickoff at 11:00 AM with the game being televised nationally on ABC.

 




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