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After getting shutout against Kansas State last weekend, the Longhorns looked to rebound against in-state rival Texas Tech in Lubbock. Both Texas and the Red Raiders sat at 3-5 overall heading into the matchup, seventh and eighth, respectively, in Big 12 standings.

10:08- Final in Lubbock, Texas deafeats Texas Tech 34-13: The Longhorns are now 4-5 on the season and will host West Virginia next weekend.

10:03- Fourth Quarter 3:20, Texas 34 Texas Tech 13: Red Raiders turn the ball over on downs inside the Texas 10. The Longhorns have scored their most points in Lubbock since scoring 35 in 2006 and are on pace for their longest win streak in the rivalry since 1966. 

9:56- Fourth Quarter 6:12, Texas 34 Texas Tech 13: Red Raiders take over from their own 41 after a punt. Longhorns have rushed for a season-high 232 yards tonight.

9:49- Fourth Quarter 9:30, Texas 34 Texas Tech 13: Senior safety Mykkele Thompson comes away with his first interception of the season.

9:40- Fourth Quarter 11:47, Texas 34 Texas Tech 13: Senior running back Malcolm Brown nearly scores from 10-yards out. He scores on the next play for his second score of the game and has rushed for a season-high 116 yards. It's the first 100-yard rushing performance of the season for the Longhorns.

9:34- Fourth Quarter 13:17, Texas 27 Texas Tech 13: Junior wide receiver Daje Johnson comes up with his longest play of the season on a 30-yard run.

9:28- Fourth Quarter 14:16, Texas 27 Texas Tech 13: Senior wide receiver Jaxon Shipley scores his first touchdown of the season on a four-yard grab from sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes.

9:20- End of the Third Quarter, Texas 20 Texas Tech 13: Longhorns have the ball on second down and goal from the Tech four. 

9:16- Third Quarter 2:06, Texas 20 Texas Tech 13: Senior wide receiver John Harris continues his big night with a 35-yard grab. Junior running back Johnathan Gray follows with 24 yards on two carries. Longhorns are threatening inside Tech's red zone. 

9:09- Third Quarter 4:12- Texas 20 Texas Tech 13: Sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes is unable to complete a pass to junior wide reciever Marcus Johnson. Longhorns punt. Red Raiders start drive at their own 37.

8:55- Third Quarter 7:41- Texas 20 Texas Tech 13: Senior wide receiver Jaxon Shipley fumbles the ball after a 14-yard reception. Red Raiders take over on their own 35-yard line. The play is under review.

8:49- Third Quarter 8:54, Texas 20 Texas Tech 13: Red Raiders turn the ball over on downs on the Longhorns 37. 

8:40- Third Quarter 12:02, Texas 20 Texas Tech 13: Longhorns settle for a 42-yard field goal after driving the ball 40 yards.

8:38- Third Quarter 12:47, Texas 17 Texas Tech 13. Sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes runs for 25 yards to bring the ball to the Texas Tech 25. 

8:13- End of the Second Quarter, Texas 17 Texas Tech 13: Longhorns will receive to start the second half.

8:12- Second Quarter 0:17, Texas 17 Texas Tech 13. Longhorns turn the ball over on downs on the Texas Tech 47. 

8:03-Second Quarter 2:59, Texas 17 Texas Tech 13: The Longhorns answer with a two play 85-yard drive led off by a 68-yard reception by senior receiver John Harris who has topped the century mark for the night. Junior running back Johnathan Gray takes it in from 17 yards out to put Texas ahead.

7:58 Second Quarter 3:34, Texas 10 Texas Tech 13: The Red Raiders drive 75 yards on nine plays, scoring on a six yard run by running back Kenny Williams.

7:55 Second Quarter 4:08, Texas 10 Texas Tech 6: Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes will be out the rest of the game. Timeout Texas Tech, which has the ball on third and eight from the Texas 16.

7:49- Second Quarter 7:01, Texas 10 Texas Tech 6: Tech quarterback Vincent Testaverde completes his first attempt of the game for 37 yards. The Red Raiders are driving and now have the ball inside the Texas 30.

7:46- Second Quarter 7:12, Texas 10 Texas Tech 6: Senior running back Malcolm Brown punches it in from three yards out to put the Longhorns back in front. 

7:40- Second Quarter 9:21, Texas 3 Texas Tech 6: Senior cornerback Quandre Diggs lights up Tech freshman quarterback Patrick Mahomes to force a fumble. Junior defensive end Shiro Davis recovers the fumble to put Texas in prime position to score.

7:29- Second Quarter 12:24, Texas 3 Texas Tech 6: Junior placekicker Nick Rose misses a 37-yard field goal wide left, keeping the score 6-3 in favor of the Red Raiders.

7:23- End of First Quarter, Texas 3 Texas Tech 6: Sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes is sacked for an 11-yard loss to end the first quarter. 

7:21- First Quarter 0:28, Texas 3 Texas Tech 6: The Red Raiders miss a 29-yard field goal attempt to keep the score at 6-3.

7:09- First Quarter 4:09, Texas 3 Texas Tech 6: Sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes is hit and fumbles the ball, which was recovered in the end zone by Texas Tech for a touchdown. Red Raiders missed the ensuing PAT to keep the score at 6-3 

7:05- First Quarter 4:20, Texas 3 Texas Tech 0: Longhorns force a third straight punt and start their next drive with the ball on their own 15-yard line

6:45- First Quarter 11:31, Texas 3 Texas Tech 0: Junior placekicker Nick Rose hits a 46-yard field goal to give the Longhorns the early lead.

6:36- Texas wins the toss and decides to defer. Red Raiders get the ball to start.

6:30- Texas and Texas Tech about to kickoff. Injury update: Daje Johnson and Kent Perkins both available for Texas tonight. 

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Several of the Longhorns players admit that it felt unusual playing a team other than Texas A&M last Thanksgiving.

The game lacked the same excitement that it had in previous Thanksgiving affairs against the Aggies, and Texas suffered a 20-13 loss to a TCU team that it had not played since 1995. Even defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, who missed last year’s game with a torn pectoral muscle, noticed a lack of intensity without A&M on the field.

“I just think it was something we had to get used to,” Jeffcoat said. “It was just different. You had to get used to not play A&M on Thanksgiving.”

The Longhorns don’t expect to face this same issue this year, especially with longtime rival Texas Tech coming into town for the holiday matchup. While Texas has enjoyed considerable success against the Red Raiders in recent history, senior quarterback Case McCoy always expects a dogfight against the
in-state adversary.

“We’re excited about playing Tech honestly,” McCoy said. “We were there last year. Tech and this program don’t get along. They spoiled some things around here and they’re not going to spoil it again.”

In addition to wanting to defeat their rival, the Longhorns figure to bring an edge against the Red Raiders due to the game’s postseason implication. Texas maintains its ability to win at least a share of the Big 12 title with victories in its final two games, and a win Thursday allows the Longhorns to hold on to any remaining hope for an outright conference championship.

Likewise, head coach Mack Brown told his players that they must perform better this year if they wish to continue hosting Thanksgiving games in the future.

“We’ve told our players that if you want to have an exclusive game on Thanksgiving night, then you need to make it something that everybody in the country is excited about seeing,” Brown said. “It was that way for many, many years and it wasn’t
last year.”

While Brown was dissatisfied with last season’s loss to TCU, he remains hopeful that the Longhorns will turn things around in their second season without Texas A&M on the schedule.

“I was disappointed [last year],” Brown said. “I thought there would’ve been an edge from everybody last year playing TCU because it was new, and it was old Southwest Conference. I think the Texas-Texas A&M game has been special for so many, many years. It was who we were. It was more of a transition than I thought. Hopefully it’ll be better this year.”

Junior running back Malcolm Brown expects the transition period to be over, and he expects the Longhorns to be ready to play in front of the national audience Thursday, regardless of opponent.

“From A&M to a different team, we want to treat every game the same,” Brown said. “Of course the tradition that us and A&M had was great, but they got out of the conference so we’ve got to play someone else on that day.”

The Longhorns realize the critical importance of Thursday’s game for their title hopes, and they believe they will have no issue bringing a renewed edge this year against their longtime rivals.

Sophomore Jaylen Bond tries to establish position inside against Baylor. Bond gives Texas needed energy inside. 

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Even with a win on Jan. 26 against Texas Tech, Texas cannot get back to a .500 record for the season. But that doesn’t mean the Longhorns (14-16, 6-11) aren’t looking to enter the Big 12 Tournament with a head of steam and a win in their final regular season game.

Any chance the Longhorns have of making the NCAA tournament rests on the conference tournament, and if they don’t win the tournament they are likely headed for the significantly less noteworthy College Basketball Invitational.

The Red Raiders (10-18, 3-14) were handed a 16-point loss in their first game against the Longhorns Jan. 26 in Austin, and after its surprising win over Baylor last week, Texas is in search of its first two-game conference win streak since February of last year. Dating back to its loss to Texas, Texas Tech has lost 10 of its last 11 conference games. 

Myck Kabongo was not on the court when the Longhorns and Red Raiders met in January, and it’s been clear that his presence means a lot for his team’s confidence. Kabongo has averaged 17 points per game since his return from a 23-game suspension and the Longhorns have won four of the seven games he has been back for.

“We are just taking things one day at a time,” Kabongo said. “You can’t look too far ahead.”

Kabongo will need help from his teammates if the Longhorns are to make a serious run at a conference tourney title — something they have not done in the 16-year existence of
the tournament.

Cameron Ridley is coming off the most complete game of his budding career, and players like Ioannis Papapetrou and Connor Lammert have shown improvement in the last few games as well. If sophomores Sheldon McClellan, Julien Lewis and can add a reliable scoring punch to the Texas offense, the Longhorns could catch fire and make things interesting when the Big 12 Tournament starts March 13 in Kansas City, Mo.

“You can tell we have been improving,” Kabongo said. “This is the time of year we are no longer sophomores — we are juniors. Freshmen are no longer freshmen, they are sophomores. We have been through everything and it has been a tough year. We have to build momentum and work at it every day.”

First, the Longhorns will have to take care of the Red Raiders on the road, which has been relatively easy for nearly every team in the conference. The Red Raiders have had their fair share of struggles this season and barring a huge turnaround, they don’t have the necessary tools to keep up with a team like Texas that seems to be figuring out how to win.

Published on March 8, 2013 as "Texas looks for victory over Tech in Lubbock". 

It took them longer than they may have liked, but the No. 6 Longhorns got just enough out of their offense in the weekend finale against Texas Tech, rallying back in the eighth inning to top the Red Raiders 3-1, giving Texas a 2-1 series victory.

Reliever Hoby Milner tossed a no-hit frame to begin the seminal eighth inning, and the Texas offense made sure not to squander the opportunity. Paul Montalbano started the rally in the bottom with a single to left field and then advanced to second on a Jordan Etier-sacrifice bunt. Lucas Kephart came in to the game as a pinch-hitter for Alex Silver and drew a walk on a full count, putting runners on first and second for Texas.

On the next pitch, Brandon Loy took matters into his own hands, lined a single to right field to score Montalbano and tie the game up at one apiece.

Tant Shepherd then registered his first hit of the game, hitting the first pitch he saw down the left-field line for a huge two-run triple, plating Loy and Tim Maitland, who was pinch-running for Kephart.

“The veteran leadership came through big time with Paul getting the leadoff single in the eighth, Etier moving him over, then Loy coming through, and Shepherd coming through with a big hit to separate the two teams,” said Texas head coach Augie Garrido.

Loy began the game with a leadoff double to left field on an 0-2 pitch and then advanced to third on a productive Mark Payton groundout. But Shepherd struck out swinging, and Erich Weiss hit a slow roller to Tech pitcher Brennan Stewart, and Loy was left stranded at third, 90 feet away from the first run of the game.

Starting pitcher Sam Stafford pitched well in his first weekend start since the beginning of the season, giving up one run and striking out four in five innings of work.

“It was a huge game,” Stafford said. “You have to focus on doing your job and giving your team the best chance to win. If you take care of those things, a majority of the time, we’re going to win the ball game.”

Stafford was pulled after he walked Tech’s Kelby Tomlinson to start the sixth inning. Freshman Nathan Thornhill replaced him on the mound and finished the inning for Texas, striking out two. But the Longhorns couldn’t capitalize in the bottom of the frame, as Loy flied out to center, and Payton and Shepherd struck out.

The seventh inning came and went much the same way — solid pitching, this time from sophomore Milner, negated by poor offense, with Kevin Lusson grounding into a double play to end the inning.

Freshman closer Corey Knebel came on in the ninth and picked up his 11th save of the year, while the win went to Milner (4-2).

“The bullpen was what it needs to be for us to be consistent,” Garrido said. “We brought in Hoby, and he’s been valuable in these games. He gave us two innings, and we were able to get to Knebel, who did his thing.”

It wasn’t a perfect game for the slow-starting Longhorns, but it was enough to give Texas (27-9, 11-4 Big 12) its fourth series win over a conference opponent on the year, one against a quality opponent in Texas Tech (23-15, 6-9).

“To come back and find a way to get this done, it gives us some confidence,” Loy said. “This team has it. It’s all there; we just have to find a way to get it going earlier.”