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Texas Longhorns Bounce Back From Slow Start, Roll Texas Tech 49-24

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Texas

It was a rainy, misty, gloomy day in Austin, Texas on Friday and the Longhorns were set to wrap up a disappointing regular season with an 11:00 a.m. kick off at home against Texas Tech. And the game started off just like the weather for UT.

The Longhorns punted on their first two possessions, while Texas Tech put two touchdowns on the board in their first two drives. The first points came on a Jett Duffey 13-yard hook up to KeSean Carter, which capped off an 11-play, 80-yard drive. Then it was SaRodorick Thompson rushing from 10 yards out to finish off the six-play drive and give Texas Tech a 14-0 lead.

Even when Texas got on the board on the next drive with Sam Ehlinger rushing for a 10-yard score, Cameron Dicker had his extra point blocked as Texas trailed 14-6 with under a minute to play in the first quarter.

The Longhorns closed the quarter by forcing a three and out and Texas started the second quarter with a five-play, 64-yard drive with Daniel Young scoring from three yards out and after a successful two-point conversion, the Longhorns and Red Raiders were tied at 14.

Three drives later, approaching the halfway point of the second quarter, Texas Tech played the field position game and on on the second play of their drive from the Texas 24-yard line, Jett Duffey hooked up with Erik Ezukanma for a touchdown and a 21-14 lead.

 

But the Longhorns offense was on a roll and needed just one play to tie things up as Sam Ehlinger and Devin Duvernay connected for a 75-yard touchdown.

The Longhorns put one more touchdown on the board in impressive fashion with 13 plays and 74 yards where Roschon Johnson found the end zone and then to end the half, Keondre Coburn sacked Jett Duffey and Texas recovered the fumble to go into halftime with a 28-21 lead.

In the second half, the Longhorns picked up right where they left off, scoring touchdowns on their first two drives of the third quarter to jump out to a 42-24 lead. Both drives were at least seven plays and 70 yards with Ehlinger finding Jake Smith and then Roschon Johnson with a short run to cap off the drive. At that point, the Longhorns never looked back, rolling to a 49-24 win.

Sam Ehlinger finished 19 of 27 for 348 yards and two touchdowns to zero interceptions. He also rushed for 83 yards on 10 carries. On the ground, Roschon Johnson had 23 carries for 105 yards and three scores to close out the season on a high note.

Devin Duvernay continued his hot finish to the season with his fifth 100-yard receiving game in the last six. Duvernay had six catches for 199 yards and one touchdown.

In the loss, Jett Duffey completed 36 of 58 passes for 399 yards and two scores, while SaRodorick Thompson had 86 rushing yards with one score.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders finish the season 4-8 under first-year head coach Matt Wells, while Texas wraps up its season at 7-5 and now awaits which bowl it will be heading to as they hope to use the extra practice time to build for 2020.

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