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Ambushed in Austin, Red Raiders lose to the Longhorns 7-57

In one of the few seasons where the Texas Longhorns live up to the hype, the Red Raiders were the victims of an old-fashioned ambush in Austin, losing to the Longhorns 7-57. Ok, let’s call it what it was. It was a beatdown. Nothing on either side of the ball worked for the Red Raiders. Tech played tough against Oregon, but the Longhorns showed they are one of the top teams in the country this year. Nobody wants to face Texas as they advance.

Big 12  Commissioner Brett Yormark fueled the rivalry with his preseason comments in Lubbock. Texas fans taunted Yormark at the end of the game by chanting SEC SEC.  The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Red Raiders in November and dropped head coach Joey McGuire to 6-2 in his two seasons.

Against Texas, Texas Tech wore black helmets, white jerseys, and black pants. The captains of today’s game were Myles Cole, Caleb Rogers, Dadrion Taylor-Demerson, and Monroe Mills.

At kickoff, the temperature was 62 degrees, with 3 mph winds from the east and clear skies. Tonight’s announced attendance of 102,452 marked the highest attendance in the series’ 73-game history. In the coin toss, Texas won and deferred to the second half. Texas Tech began the first half with the ball. The Red Raiders had won the previous five coin tosses.

As Joey McGuire’s second head coach, the Red Raiders qualified for a bowl appearance for the second straight year. He is the only coach in program history to lead the Red Raiders to a bowl game each of his first two years, joining the late Mike Leach, who led the team to a bowl game every year during his 10 seasons at Texas Tech.

This is the team’s first loss since facing a Top 10 team on the road at the beginning of November last November when they played at TCU under McGuire. As a result, Texas Tech has a record of 18-55 against Texas. In Big 12 games against the Longhorns, the Red Raiders are 7-21 all-time.

Texas Tech will have a 5-4 record in Big 12 games in 2023. Under Joey McGuire, the Red Raiders finished 5-4 in Big 12 play in 2022. Texas Tech finishes the 2023 regular season with a 6-6 record.

The Red Raiders are waiting for the bowl announcements on December 3rd to find out who and where they will play this postseason.


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