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Trading turnovers

By: Adam Zuvanich | Blog: Zuvie's Views

AUSTIN - After playing more than 18 minutes without turning the ball over, Texas Tech and Texas each gave it away within a span of 1:24. UT's Emmanuel Acho stripped the ball from Baron Batch and pounced on it himself - wasting a lunging, fourth-down catch by Detron Lewis only two plays earlier. But the Longhorns gave it right back shortly thereafter, when LaRon Moore intercepted a pass that went off the fingertips of John Chiles. Both turnovers came in the opponent's territory. It's still 10-3 Texas about midway through the second quarter.

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Texas trickery

By: Adam Zuvanich | Blog: Zuvie's Views

AUSTIN - To start Texas' third offensive possession, receiver John Chiles replaced Colt McCoy at quarterback. At first I thought McCoy might have been hurt, but I quickly realized why the Longhorns made the unusual personnel move. Chiles kept the ball and bolted up the middle for a 34-yard gain, catching Texas Tech's defense completely off guard. McCoy returned on the next play and the offense stalled, but Chiles' big run led to a 43-yard field goal by Hunter Lawrence on the second play of the second quarter. Texas now leads 10-3.

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Erxleben the new punter?

By: Adam Zuvanich | Blog: Zuvie's Views

AUSTIN - Temporarily, at least, Texas Tech punter Donnie Carona has lost his job to Ryan Erxleben. Carona's first kick was a 38-yarder without much hang time, and it was returned for a touchdown by Texas' Jordan Shipley. So the Red Raiders sent Erxleben out for their next two punts. On the first one, Erxleben's first collegiate action, the true freshman from Austin Lake Travis booted a 40-yard spiral that was fair caught by Shipley at the UT 13-yard line. The next one was only 33 yards, but it was high enough that Shipley was tackled immediately.

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Shipley strikes again

By: Adam Zuvanich | Blog: Zuvie's Views

AUSTIN - Well, Texas' offense didn't need to answer in order for the Longhorns to take the lead. After the Longhorns forced a three-and-out deep in Texas Tech territory, Jordan Shipley returned a punt 46 yards for a touchdown, bursting upfield, cutting to the right and out-running Tech's coverage into the right corner of the end zone. So UT leads 7-3 with about seven minutes left. Shipley also had a punt return for a TD in last year's game against Tech, kickstarting the Longhorns' comeback bid that fell just short.

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Good start for Tech

By: Adam Zuvanich | Blog: Zuvie's Views

AUSTIN - The Red Raiders looked sharp on their opening drive, taking a 3-0 lead on a 41-yard field goal by Matt Williams - a career long for the contest winner-turned-kicker. Taylor Potts looked cool and collected and had no pressure on him, completing 6-of-7 passes for 57 yards.

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Tech-UT: What to watch for

By: Adam Zuvanich | Blog: Zuvie's Views

AUSTIN - Wow, only 20 minutes have gone by since my last post, and the crowd went from sparse to jam-packed. This is one heck of an atmosphere for a college football game, and it ought to be even more electric when the sun goes down. With that said, here's what each team must to do to win this prime-time showdown: Texas Tech Protect Taylor Potts: The Longhorns have plenty of talented pass-rushers on defense, and the Red Raiders must keep them away from Potts as much as possible.

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Howdy from Austin

By: Adam Zuvanich | Blog: Zuvie's Views

AUSTIN - Well, Don Williams and I finally made it here to Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. It was a nice five-mile drive from our hotel ... which took about two hours. Anyway, we're about 40 minutes from kickoff. Second-ranked Texas is hosting Texas Tech for a Big 12 Conference opener, and the players are on the field warming up and the fans are filing in. It's been several years since I was last here as a UT student, and the stadium looks much different. What used to be open space on the north end is now the second and third decks of seats, and they've added bleachers on the south end.

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Who's it going to be? Tech or Texas?

By: Adam Zuvanich | Blog: Zuvie's Views

It's just the third week of the season, and the much-anticipated rematch is already here: Texas Tech vs. Texas, a prime-time Big 12 Conference opener that just might live up to last year's epic battle, which the Red Raiders won with one of the most spectacular plays in college football history. Can the Raiders make it two in a row, and win in Austin for the first time since 1997? Or will the Longhorns exact revenge and once again put themselves in position for a run at both the Big 12 title and a national crown? We'll get to that soon enough.

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Friday Night Fights: Another One Rides the Bus!

By: scottslemmons | Blog: Hero Sandwich

Has it been a long week for anyone else? 'Round about Monday, I was thinking it was almost the weekend, and dang it, I was wrong! It was nowhere near the weekend! NOWHERE NEAR! Can you imagine the shattering, towering agony of having to wait five whole horrible days after Sunday for the next weekend to start? Well, of course you can imagine it! But -- how do we stand it?! Those endless, terrifying hours spent at work instead of maxxin' and relaxxin' back home, spinning some fine tunes, eating Cheetos on the toilet -- um, I mean, sipping champagne in the hot tub.

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Knight surprised by Brand's death

By: Anonymous | Blog: Men's Basketball

Pat Knight said he was “stunned” on Wednesday upon hearing that Myles Brand, the former Indiana University president who went on to head the NCAA, had died of pancreatic cancer. Knight said during a team workout Wednesday afternoon that he had not heard anything to indicated Brand’s health had declined in recent weeks. “From what I understand he’s been to meetings and everything,” Knight said. “Everyone told me he looked thin, but he’s fighting. “That shocked me. I had no clue.

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