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.
- 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.