Texas Tech’s Matt Wells and Erik Ezukanma can’t get last year’s loss to Texas out of their heads as the Red Raiders prepare for the Longhorns on Saturday.
Last year, when the Red Raiders hosted the Longhorns, a game that was also the Big 12 opener for both teams, saw the Red Raiders fall to Texas, 63-56, in overtime. With 3:13 left in regulation, the Red Raiders had a 14-point lead. But Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger led Texas back in those final minutes, leading two scoring drives to tie the game and send it to overtime.
Texas then won in overtime with a touchdown pass from Ehlinger to Joshua Moore.
During his media availability on Tuesday, Wells talks about how, a year later, that loss sets in the team’s collective memory like that piece of old, heavy furniture that you just can’t quite get to the curb.
“These guys won’t need to be remined about last year,” Wells said. “All the emotions and the feelings that come from that, we move on. We all do. But It’s a game. You do remember it. And, so, certainly, we want to put ourselves in the same position, in terms of being in the game in the fourth quarter. We want to finish. That’s not what we did last year. We got loose in coverage and we had some mental errors. In overtime we had two opportunities around the 50 and we didn’t capitalize. We had some miscues in the kicking game. We did a little bit of everything in the last few minutes of the game and overtime. Texas deserved to win. They found a way to win the game.”
When the Red Raiders (3-0) face Texas (2-1) on Saturday, they’ll be out to end a three-game losing streak to Texas. The good news for Texas Tech? Its last win over Texas, in 2017, came in Austin and came against a first-year Texas head coach in Tom Herman. Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian is in his first season with the Longhorns.
Ezukanma hardly cares who the head coach is. He still looks at that game as a missed opportunity.
“Coach Wells brings it up a lot and makes sure that we remember how we felt and how we didn’t close out that game,” Ezukanma said. “That will be a big emphasis this week.”
Texas and Texas Tech play at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
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