BLOG: Longhorns offense pours it on for 49-24 blowout over Texas Tech

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Longhorns need a boost going into the regular season finale teetering on a .500 season for the second season in the the last three. Texas Tech won’t be playing in a bowl game so this is a prime opportunity for the Red Raiders to wreck the Longhorns and build more positive momentum going into the offseason under first-year head coach Matt Wells.

Texas has fallen apart on the road at Iowa State and Baylor in back-to-back weeks with the offense being the main culprit for the failures.

Last week against Baylor, Texas didn’t score a touchdown until the final minute of the fourth quarter in a 24-10 loss to the No. 11 Bears. On the injury front, senior receiver Collin Johnson will not play, but sophomore running back Keaontay Ingram is dressed out and appears ready to go after an ankle injury last week.

It’s Senior Day for 16 Longhorns Friday at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Team captains Devin Duvernay, Zach Shackelford, Brandon Jones, Malcolm Roach and Johnson will be making their last playing appearances at home.

This series has been decided on the road in recent season. Texas Tech has won two straight in Austin. The Longhorns have won two straight in Lubbock.

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Texas first possession, first quarter

What happened: The Longhorns opened with three straight run (Ehlinger, Duvernay, Ehlinger) for two first downs, but the drive was killed when Ehlinger took a 5-yard sack on the next play. Ingram received his first touch of the game on an option pitch that netted six yards. Chris Naggar punted for the Longhorns.

Tech first possession, first quarter

What happened: Texas Tech is the fifth Longhorns opponent to score a touchdown on their opening drive of the game. Tech quarterback Jett Duffey threw a great ball in the corner of the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown pass to KeSean Carter. The Longhorns defense didn’t look any different than it has for most of the season — giving up good yardage on first down putting the opponent in good situations for most of the series. 11 plays and 80 yards on the drive.

Score: 7-0 Texas Tech leads

Texas possession, first quarter

What happened: D’Shawn Jamison is a playmaker that knows how to play the game. Jamison busted through on the kickoff for a 34-yard return. The Longhorns quickly moved down the field highlighted by a 20-yard gain from Ehlinger to Devin Duvernay. But…Texas faced a fourth-and-1 at the Tech 20-yard line and didn’t convert on a QB sneak. Tom Herman makes the wrong choice near the red zone again as Texas turns it over on downs.

Tech possession, first quarter

What happened: Duffey carved up the Longhorns defense for a second series. SaRodorick capped off the drive with a touchdown run, but Duffey has been great going 8-for-11 with 91 yards and a touchdown. The Tech QB played well last year in his start against the Longhorns, but several turnovers stopped the Red Raiders from winning the game. If he takes care of the ball, it’s going to be a long day for the Longhorns defense (no surprise).

Score: 14-0 Tech leads

Texas possession, first quarter

What happened: The Longhorns haven’t been able to get out of their own way during the first quarter. Ehlinger hasn’t thrown an incompletion while mixing in 36 yards on the ground. Texas tried to stop themselves on this drive twice with a holding penalty and offensive pass interference, but were able to make up the deficits. On third-and-2 at the Tech 10-yard line, Ehlinger scrambled for the Longhorns first touchdown of the game. Shockingly, Cameron Dicker’s extra point was blocked.

Score: 14-6 Texas Tech leads

Tech possession, first quarter

What happened: Senior defensive end Malcolm Roach got himself a big sack on third-and-8 while fighting off an obvious holding penalty (that wasn’t called). Roach threw Duffey hard to the ground forcing Tech to punt from its own 14-yard line.

Texas possession, second quarter

What happened: It took Texas 15 minutes, but they finally look like they’re awake. Explosive plays quickly moved the Longhorns offense down the field for the game-tying touchdown. Roschon Johnson started the drive with a 10-yard run, but took a nasty hit while on the ground. Freshman receiver Marcus Washington made a great play after the catch to gain 16 yards. The big play came on a deep ball to Duvernay down the sideline for 33 yards to the Red Raiders 3-yard line. Daniel Young capped off the drive with a touchdown run. Ehlinger faced a heavy blitz on the two-point conversion to tie the game but dropped it in the bucket to Duvernay for the conversion.

Score: Tied at 14

Tech possession, second quarter

What happened: KeSean Carter is catching everything on the Texas secondary. Carter handled Caden Sterns in one-on-one coverage for a 52-yard gain down to the Longhorns 3-yard line. The Texas defense just put together one of its best series of the season holding Texas Tech out of the end zone on four attempts. On fourth down, Tech went for the fade on freshman Kenyatta Watson and Watson played it perfectly knocking the ball out of the Tech receiver’s hands.

Texas possession, second quarter

What happened: Part of why Tech opted to go for it is because if they didn’t convert, it would leave the Longhorns in terrible position at the 3-yard line. The Longhorns gained only one yard. After a bad Chris Naggar punt and 15-yard kick catch interference penalty on Montrell Estell, the Red Raiders got it back at the Texas 24-yard line.

Tech possession, second quarter

What happened: Two plays and a touchdown. Duffey went to Erik Ezukanma who made a great play on the ball for a touchdown.

Score: Tech leads 21-14

Texas possession, second quarter

What happened: One play and a touchdown. Texas will sorely miss Devin Duvernay next season. He flat out burned the Red Raiders secondary on a post down the middle of the field. Ehlinger placed the ball perfectly for the catch and the 75-yard touchdown. Duvernay has 1,200 yards receiving and eight touchdowns this season.

Score: Tied at 21

Texas possession, second quarter

What happened: After a three-and-out by Texas Tech, the Longhorns got the ball back with six minutes to go in the first half. Wisely, Texas attempted to take as much time off the clock to help its defense while also picking up the go-ahead touchdown. Five minutes later, the Longhorns were back in the endzone with its first lead of the game. Roschon Johnson scored on a 2-yard run. The Longhorns went 13 plays and 74 yards on the drive.

Score: Texas leads 28-21

Tech possession, second quarter

What happened: With 1:40 to go in the first half, Tech was intent on driving down the field for points. Duffey led the Red Raiders down to the Longhorns 24-yard line but committed the first turnover of the game when the ball slipped out of his hand in the pocket. Marquez Bimage recovered the fumble to end the threat and take the game to halftime.

End of First Half: Texas leads 28-21

Tech possession, third quarter

What happened: Texas Tech was determined not to kick a field goal on the opening drive of the second half. The Red Raiders went for it on fourth down two separate times. The second attempt ended in a turnover on downs at the Longhorns 18-yard line. Duffey went for it all on fourth-and-4, but threw the ball too deep as it harmlessly landed out of bounds.

Texas possession, third quarter

What happened: Sam Ehlinger is nearing 300 yards passing as the Longhorns are dissecting the Big 12’s worst defense. Ehlinger hit Duvernay for two big plays moving the Longhorns to the Red Raiders 26-yard line. On second-and-10 from the 26, Ehlinger dropped a pass perfectly into the hands of freshman Jake Smith for a touchdown. The touchdown reception was Smith’s sixth of the season. The drive took less than two minutes going 82 yards.

Score: Texas leads 35-21

Tech possession, third quarter

What happened: The Longhorns stopped the Red Raiders from getting in the end zone and with this version of the Texas defense…that’s a win. The Texas secondary deserves some credit for stopping Tech on three straight pass attempts at the 4-yard line to force a short Tech field goal.

Score: Texas leads 35-24

Texas possession, third quarter

What happened: This was the Roschon Johnson drive. The Longhorns front physically dominated a smaller Tech defensive line as Johnson and Ehlinger picked up chunk yardage on the ground. Johnson scored on a 1-yard run. Aside from Ehlinger, the drive featured all freshmen. Tight end Jared Wiley had a reception. Jake Smith had a 14-yard reception. Ehlinger nearly had Marcus Washington for a big gain, but Tech made a good defensive play on the ball.

Score: Texas leads 42-24

Tech possession, fourth quarter

What happened: Texas defensive lineman Marquez Bimage is having quite the game. Bimage tackled Tech running back SaRodorick Thompson from behind and forced the fumble. Freshman T’Vondre Sweat recovered the fumble and rumbled down to the Tech 23-yard line.

Texas possession, fourth quarter

What happened: Roschon Johnson has put this game on ice with 8:50 to go in the game with a 1-yard touchdown run. Johnson carried the ball twice and attempted a pass during the short series. Ehlinger completed a pass to Duvernay and Brennan Eagles.

Score: Texas leads 49-24

What happened: After a concerning start, the Longhorns settled down to outscore Texas Tech 43-10 in the final three quarters for the first blowout win of the Big 12 schedule. Texas will finish with a winning record for the third straight season under head coach Tom Herman. The season didn’t go as Texas expected, but they can put a bow on the year with some positive momentum heading into a bowl game. Texas will discover its bowl destination next week.

FINAL: 49-24 Texas wins

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