Red Raiders Fall in Intra-State Battle|
Nov. 3, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Seth Doege led Texas Tech into the red zone numerous times against Texas on Saturday.
Problem was the No. 20 Red Raiders didn't get much out of those visits, and Doege had a simple explanation after the Longhorns' 31-22 victory.
"Penalties," said the senior quarterback, who got just one touchdown against the Longhorns. "I don't think I have to explain much of it. Every time that we didn't get points, the majority of the time it was penalties that kept us from it."
Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said the timing of those penalties didn't work in the Red Raiders' favor.
"It absolutely took us out of it," he said. "Hopefully we can play better for the next three games and get into a good bowl game. It's just hard to play so well at times and then play so poorly at times and have inopportune penalties. It absolutely took us out of it."
David Ash threw for three touchdowns and 264 yards to lead Texas and freshman Johnathan Gray got his second straight 100-yard rushing game with 106 yards on 20 carries. Texas Tech was down three defensive backs to injuries - Cornelius Douglas, Tre' Porter and Jarvis Phillips.
Mike Davis picked up 165 yards and two touchdowns on four catches, one a 75-yarder from Ash in the second quarter for the Longhorns (7-2, 4-2 Big 12). It was the third straight win for Texas, which remains alive in the Big 12 race.
Doege completed 26 of 44 passes for 329 yards for Texas Tech (6-3, 3-3).
Penalties hurt Texas Tech, including a touchdown being called back in the fourth quarter for holding.
Once in the red zone, the Red Raiders had trouble getting touchdowns and settled for field goals four times.
Ash found Davis twice for big gains in the first half, once on a deep post route for a 54-yard gain to the Red Raiders 2. Joe Bergeron scored on the next play from 2 yards out to put the Longhorns up 14-7.
On the first play of Texas' next possession, Ash hit Davis again on a deep route over the middle and he ran it in for a 75-yard touchdown to put the Longhorns up 21-10.
Down 31-22 the Red Raiders looked like they scored a touchdown when Kenny Williams ran it in from the 2. A penalty negated the touchdown.
The Longhorns kept Texas Tech from getting a first down and Carrington Byndom blocked a 23-yard field goal try to seal the win for Texas.
Texas Tech scored late in the third quarter to make it 24-22 after going for it on fourth-and-1 from UT's 32. Eric Stephens took the snap as the wildcat and ran toward the near side of the field and handed the ball off to SaDale Foster who went around end on the other side of the line, picking up 15 yards to the Texas 17.
The Red Raiders went for 2 but Byndom broke up Doege's fade pass to the corner of the end zone intended for Marcus Kennard.