AUSTIN, Texas - No. 25 Texas (6-2, 3-2 Big 12) piled up 595 yards of total offense - including 439 yards on the ground - in a 52-20 victory over Texas Tech (5-4, 2-4 Big 12) Saturday afternoon before 100,506 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
Running back Joe Bergeron led the Horns with 195 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries, and running back Foswhitt Whittaker added 83 yards on 10 carries with two touchdowns. Quarterback David Ash completed four of seven passes for 125 yards. Mike Davis led the receiving contingent with 72 yards.
Linebacker Emmanuel Acho led the Texas defense with 11 tackles (four solo), including two for loss, and defensive Alex Okafor notched a game-high two sacks. Defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat registered one-and-a-half sacks. Cornerback Quandre Diggs posted a team-high three pass breakups.
Texas Tech moved into scoring position on the first possession of the game, but the Horns held the Red Raiders to a field goal. On third and goal from the UT 9, Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege tossed a swing pass to running back DeAndre Washington, who was immediately stuck for a three-yard loss by Texas cornerback Carrington Byndom. Donnie Carona connected on a 29-yard field goal to give Tech a 3-0 lead.
The Horns answered on their first drive. Ash connected with Davis on third down for 24 yards to the Tech 31. Justin Tucker connected on a 48-yard field goal to even the score a three with 4:24 left in the first quarter.
Texas forced a punt on the Red Raiders' next drive, and the Longhorns drove 80 yards for a touchdown to assume a 10-3 lead. On a third and four, Ash ran for 47 yards up the middle of the field to the Texas Tech 27. On third and one, Bergeron ran for six yards and a Texas first down to the Red Raiders' 12. On the next play, Whittaker took a direct snap and escaped a pair of Red Raider defenders inside the five-yard line on his way to the end zone for a touchdown.
Texas Tech drove deep into Texas territory on its next possession, but the Longhorns held the Red Raiders to a field goal. On second and 10 from the UT 13, defensive tackle Ashton Dorsey stopped running back Aaron Crawford for a four-yard loss. The Red Raiders took a delay of game penalty before UT's Kheeston Randall stopped Crawford for no gain on third down. Carona booted a 40-yard field goal to cut the Texas lead to 10-6 with 10:10 remaining in the second quarter.
Texas scored on a third consecutive drive to push its lead to 17-6. Bergeron darted 51 yards down the sideline on the drive's first play and advanced the Horns to the Texas Tech 21-yard line. Whittaker ran for 15 yards to the Red Raiders' six-yard line, and two plays later, Whittaker once again took a direct snap and scampered eight yards into the end zone.
The Texas defense held Tech without a first down on its next series, and the Longhorns immediately added another touchdown to push their lead to 24-6. Bergeron carried for three yards before Ash hit Davis for a 48-yard reception to the Texas Tech 12. Running back D.J. Monroe took a handoff from Whittaker and swept down the left sideline into the end zone to finish off a drive that spanned only 56 seconds.
Texas forced another Texas Tech punt and cashed in once more for a 31-6 lead before halftime. On first and 10 from the Tech 27, Ash ran for 18 yards to the Tech nine-yard line. Bergeron covered the final nine yards on the next play, as Texas scored on its fifth straight drive. Tech advanced one last time into Texas territory before halftime, but Jeffcoat sacked Doege on fourth down at the Texas 43.
The Horns took the second half's opening kickoff and drove 80 yards for another score and a 38-6 lead. Texas continued to pound the ball on the ground, as the Horns ran on 10 of the drive's 11 plays, capped by a 5-yard touchdown run from Bergeron on fourth and goal.
Texas Tech answered with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Doege to Eric Ward to cut the Texas lead to 38-13 with 3:10 left in the third quarter. But Texas, still without a punt for the game, drove down the field for another touchdown, as Bergeron scampered in from 12 yards to post his third touchdown of the game and push the Texas lead to 45-13 on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Case McCoy entered for Ash and took the Horns for another score, as he found wide receiver Darius White for a 34-yard touchdown and a 52-13 Texas lead with 5:48 remaining. The Red Raiders tacked on a one-yard touchdown pass from Doege to Darrin Moore to close out the scoring.
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