No. 7 Texas plays host to in-state foe Texas Tech in the two rivals’ final matchup as Big 12 programs on Black Friday. The Longhorns have played a handful of shaky games since losing to Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown, but outlasted Iowa State on the road 26-16 to win their 10th regular-season game for the first time since 2009. With a win, the Longhorns would clinch the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 Championship Game.
Texas Tech got off to a slow 1-3 start, but has won three straight games to reach bowl eligibility. Coach Joey McGuire has led the Red Raiders to their first consecutive winning records in Big 12 play since 2009. Texas Tech overcame a 14-0 first quarter deficit against UCF to win 24-23 after a blocked extra point with 5:30 remaining in the fourth quarter. Running back Tahj Brooks exploded for 182 yards and a touchdown in the win.
Texas has played Texas Tech 72 times since their first matchup in 1928, and have played yearly since the Red Raiders joined the Southwest Conference in 1960. In 2022, the Red Raiders topped Texas 37-34 after overcoming a 10-point halftime deficit. Texas Tech receiver Myles Price posted 13 catches for 98 yards receiving in the win.
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Strength on strength: Texas boasts one of the top rush defenses in college football, but Texas Tech running back Tahj Brooks is the toughest test the Longhorns have faced. Brooks ranks No. 3 nationally with 1,348 yards rushing to pace a Texas Tech offense that has started three different quarterbacks due to injuries. Texas defensive tackles Byron Murphy II and T’Vondre Sweat rank as the top interior combo in college football, and winning the matchup will be key for the Longhorns putting Tech away early.
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