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NCAA Game Summary - Texas Tech at Texas

(Saturday, September 19th)

Final Score: (2) Texas 34, Texas Tech 24

Austin, TX (Sports Network) - Colt McCoy and the second-ranked Texas Longhorns survived their first Big 12 test, avenging their lone loss of a year ago with a hard-fought 34-24 victory over Texas Tech.

McCoy threw for a pedestrian 205 yards and a touchdown on 24-of-34 attempts and was picked off twice. The versatile QB only added five yards on the ground for Texas (3-0, 1-0 Big 12), which had its national championship aspirations dashed last season when its Lone Star State rival won on a last- second TD by Michael Crabtree.

Tre' Newton rushed for a score and finished with 88 yards on 20 carries. Jordan Shipley had only 73 yards on 11 grabs, but his 46-yard punt return midway through the opening quarter was the only touchdown in a low-scoring first half.

Taylor Potts was solid under center for Texas Tech (2-1, 0-1), connecting on 46-of-62 attempts for 420 yards and three TDs, also getting intercepted once and losing a fumble. Lyle Leong hauled in six balls for 80 yards and two TDs.

The one-dimensional offense was in full display for the Red Raiders, who mustered negative-six yards on the ground.

"There's probably some situational stuff we'd like to improve on...But our defense played well the whole game," Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach said. "There was some good, and some stuff we can work on."

After 30 uneventful minutes, the teams showcased their offensive talents in the third quarter.

Newton's 19-yard jaunt to the end zone got the ball rolling, and Texas Tech responded with a Potts-to-Leong 14-yard TD hookup after converting a 4th-and-1 from the 15-yard line.

Looking to catch Texas off guard, the Red Raiders attempted an unsuccessful onside kick. With the short field, Texas went right down the field, and Cody Johnson's one-yard plunge made it 24-10.

The visitors kept pace, with Leong hauling in a 10-yard TD reception to make it a one-score game heading into the final stanza.

After the teams exchanged interceptions, Sergio Kindle came in untouched and blindsided Potts, jarring the ball loose. The Longhorns took over at the Texas Tech 19, and McCoy hit Dan Buckner for a three-yard score with 9:11 remaining.

Again, TTU had an answer -- a 22-yard TD grab from Tramain Swindall just over two minutes later.

Texas held the ball for the next three minutes, and Hunter Lawrence's 33-yard field goal made it a two-possession game, 34-24, with a little under four minutes to go.

This time the underdogs didn't counter, getting stopped on 4th-and-7 in Texas territory on the ensuing possession to end any hope of another upset.

Texas Tech took the opening kickoff and drove into Texas territory, eventually opening the game's scoring on Matt Williams' 41-yard field goal.

The teams traded punts -- which was the case most of the first half -- but Shipley fielded his return in enemy territory and returned it 46 yards for a highlight-reel touchdown.

Lawrence booted a 43-yard field goal early in the second stanza, and the 10-3 lead held up through the half.

"We were winning at halftime," McCoy said. "You have to give credit to the defense. Sometimes everything is not going to go our way. And to give us credit on the offensive side of the ball, we came out and played a completely different game [in the second half]."

Game Notes

Texas holds a substantial 44-15 lead in the all-time series, including six in a row in Austin...The Longhorns host Texas-El Paso next week, while the Red Raiders have a road tilt with Houston...Texas Tech outgained Texas, 414-340.

09/20 02:58:52 ET

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