Game 12 Preview: Texas Longhorns vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Texas Game 12 Preview

Texas is coming into this rivalry game off a big win over Iowa State last Saturday, winning 26-16. Texas Tech is also coming in off a close win as they beat UCF 24-23 last Saturday.

Texas Longhorns 10-1 (7-1 Big 12) vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders 6-5 (5-3 Big 12)

Date: Friday, November 24
Time:  7:30 p.m. EST
TV Channel: ABC
Location: DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX
Line: Longhorns -13.5 / O/U: 53.5

2023 Season Stats


2023 Record — 10-1 (7-1 in Big 12)
2023 Offense P/G (Big 12 Rank) 
Total Yards: 454.3 (4)
Passing Yards: 276.3 (3)
Rushing Yards: 178.0 (7)
2023 Defense P/G (per game averages) 
Total Yards Allowed: 336.6 (2)
Passing Yards Allowed: 253.9 (12)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 82.7 (1)
2023 Point Per Game: 33.1 (3)
2023 Points Allowed Per Game: 18.2 (1)
2023 CFP Ranking: 7

Texas Tech:

2023 Record — 6-5 (5-3 in Big 12)
2023 Offense P/G (Big 12 Rank) 
Total Yards: 404.1 (10)
Passing Yards: 233.2 (9)
Rushing Yards: 170.9 (8)
2023 Defense P/G (per game averages) 
Total Yards Allowed: 382.0 (6)
Passing Yards Allowed: 226.5 (5)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 155.5 (7)
2023 Cumulative Points Scored: 28.6 (9)
2023 Cumulative Points Allowed: 24.3 (6)
2023 CFP Ranking: N/A

Series History/All-Time Records

All-time head-to-head record: Texas Leads 54-18-0
Current streak: Texas Tech has won one straight
Last Texas win: 2021 (70-35)
Last Texas Tech win: 2022 (37-34)

2023 Top Players

Texas Longhorns

Passing: Quinn Ewers – 196-279, 2513 yards, 16-4 (TD-INT)
Rushing: CJ Baxter – 107 ATT, 507 YDS, 3 TD
Receiving: Xavier Worthy – 63 REC, 834 YDS, 4 TD
Tackles: Jaylan Ford – 80 (39-41)
Sacks: Ethan Burke – 5.5
Interceptions: Michael Taaffe & Jerrin Thompson – 3

Texas Tech

Passing: Behren Morton – 136-215, 1410 YDS, 12-4 (TD-INT)
Rushing: Tahj Brooks – 250 ATT, 1352 YDS, 9 TD
Receiving: Xavier White – 31 REC, 470 YDS, 1 TD
Tackles: Ben Roberts – 87 (47-40)
Sacks: Jaylon Hutchings & Myles Cole – 3.5
Interceptions: Dadrion Taylor-Demerson – 4

Texas Players To Watch:

Offense: Running Back – CJ Baxter – Freshman

Baxter has been put into the fire after Texas lost Jonathon Brooks for the year, and in his first start, he did not disappoint, rushing for 117 yards on 20 carries, good enough for an average of 5.85 yards a carry. This week, he is going up against the seventh-ranked rush defense in the Big 12; he will be relied on heavily to try to get the win for Texas.

Defense: Linebacker – Michael Taaffe – Sophomore

Taaffe has been a stud on the defense, recording three interceptions tied for the team lead. He also has 36 tackles this year. He will most likely be on Xavier White, who leads the Red Raiders in receiving yards; look for him to force a pivotal takeaway to get the ball back to the Longhorns offense.

Bottom Line: Texas One Win Away from Big 12 Title Game

The Longhorns are about to wrap up their regular season and, with a win, are in the Big 12 Title game. They are also still in the College Football Playoff race; they need help to get in, but things may break their way. All they have to do is focus on winning against Texas Tech and beating whoever they face in the Title Game, and they may find a way to sneak in.


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