“Missed opportunities” is a common phrase which could describe the loss for Texas Tech Saturday.
The loss to the Longhorns gives Texas (7-2, 4-2 Big 12 Conference play) four-straight victories over the Red Raiders (6-3, 3-3) and gives Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville an 0-3 record against the in-state rival. Tech had three drives ending with Ryan Bustin field goals instead of touchdowns, which really hurt the Raiders and gave confidence to the Longhorns. Penalties were also a key factor for the Raiders as they totaled 9 for 85 yards, including a few in the red zone which killed Tech’s momentum.
“A lot of disappointment obviously,” Tuberville said. “We shot ourselves in the foot. Made too many mistakes against a good football team.” Quarterback Seth Doege had an average day by his standards, completing 26 of 44 passes for 329 yards but only one touchdown.
“It hurts to know that the goals you were after and you set for your team going into this season kind of go out the door with this loss,” Doege said. The Red Raiders have an important game next week when their home schedule ends as they host the Kansas Jayhawks (1-8, 0-6). “We can still make a special season out of this.” Doege said. “But we’ve got to learn from the mistakes on this film and this game, continue to push forward, continue to get better as a football team and try to up our bowl game, whatever it may be.”
Contributed by David Woolverton
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