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Poor defensive play and redzone woes killed the Red Raiders in a 49-24 loss

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Texas Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Losing in Austin is never fun. It’s even less enjoyable when it happens in blowout fashion, which is unfortunately what occurred for the 4-8 Red Raiders. The team got out to a 14-0 lead, but were outscored 49-10 after that point despite only getting out-gained by around 100 yards during that stretch. There were some bright spots, namely the great play of Erik Ezukanma and KeSean Carter, but a lot went wrong. Let’s take a look at how the game unfolded:

First quarter:

A stop at midfield on the first drive for Texas left the offense with a chance to seize momentum early, and they capitalized on an 80 yard drive capped by a 13 yard KeSean Carter touchdown reception from Jett Duffey. A turnover on downs gave Tech the ball back at their own 24, and they promptly used two crucial third down conversions to drive down the field, with Sarodorick Thompson taking it in for a touchdown to give the Red Raiders a 14-0 lead. Ehlinger responded with a 10 yard touchdown run right before the end of the quarter, which made it a 14-6 game (UT missed the extra point).

Second quarter:

Texas forced a three and out to end the first quarter, then drove right downfield to tie the game up with a Daniel Young touchdown. Tech got all the way to the goalline on their next drive, however a controversial fade call on fourth and goal meant Texas took over on downs at their own one yard line. Sarodorick was banged up on the drive. The Red Raiders forced a punt and got the ball well into Longhorn territory, which led to an Erik Ezukanma 24 yard touchdown on the second play of the drive. Texas responded on the first play of the following drive, as Devin Duvernay took a pass post to post for a 75 yard touchdown. Texas would get the ball back and score just minutes later (off a Roschon Johnson touchdown), making it 28-21. Duffey got the Red Raiders into field goal range before losing the ball as he was passing in rainy conditions. UT recovered and went to half after taking a knee.

Third Quarter:

Tech got the ball after halftime and drove the ball inside the redzone before failing on another fourth down fade call. This one was seemingly a missed pass interference call, as KeSean Carter was clearly impeded in the endzone. Texas took only seven plays to answer on a Jake Smith touchdown. Trey Wolff made it 35-24 on a field goal after another redzone drive stalled, and unfortunately that would be the last points for the Red Raiders. UT drove right back down the field and scored off another Roschon Johnson run, making it 42-24. The Red Raiders had a conversion on fourth down at the end of the quarter, but it got called back on a holding call. Duffey’s subsequent 4th and 11 pass was off, which clearly deflated the Red Raiders.

Fourth Quarter

The Longhorns began to run a more vanilla scheme, allowing Tech to get back to back stops, yet the offense failed to get anything going. Texas scored again on a short field stemming from a SaRodorick Thompson fumble, his first since the Baylor game.Neither team scored in the final eight minutes, though Austin McNamara did blast an absolutely gorgeous 58 yard punt. Small victories on a terrible day. The Red Raiders ended the game with KeSean Carter getting decked on a two yard bubble screen, a fitting conclusion to a strange season.

Texas Tech Stat leaders:

Passing: Jett Duffey- 36-58, 399 yards, two touchdowns

Rushing: SaRodorick Thompson- 16 carries, 85 yards, one touchdown

Receiving: KeSean Carter- 11 receptions, 150 yards, one touchdown

Further box score information can be found here.

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