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Loss to Texas tarnishes seniors' careers, limits outlook

The Red Raiders' seniors will end their careers having never beaten the Longhorns.

Posted: November 4, 2012 - 11:37pm  |  Updated: November 5, 2012 - 1:09am
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Texas' Mike Davis makes a catch ahead of Texas Tech's Eugene Neboh during their game on Saturday in Lubbock. The Longhorns went on to win, 31-22.  Stephen Spillman
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Texas' Mike Davis makes a catch ahead of Texas Tech's Eugene Neboh during their game on Saturday in Lubbock. The Longhorns went on to win, 31-22.
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There were plenty of reasons for Texas Tech’s 31-22 loss Saturday to Texas and two major outcomes: The Red Raiders’ hopes of keeping some heat on the Big 12 Conference frontrunners are over, and their seniors will end their careers having never beaten the Longhorns.

“Hopefully we can play better for them the next three games and get into a good bowl game,” Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. “It’s just so 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.”

Going into the Texas game, the Red Raiders were hoping for some November upsets at the top of the conference that might still give them a say in the outcome. The loss dropped Tech (6-3, 3-3 in the Big 12) from tied for fourth place to tied for fifth.

The last game in Jones AT&T Stadium for Tech seniors comes at 11 a.m. Saturday against Kansas.

“I feel really bad for them,” junior middle linebacker Will Smith said, “because they’ve been here four years and haven’t beaten them once. So that touches me deep, too, because I was in the locker room and got pretty emotional about this loss, too. I understand how they feel.”

Texas scored touchdowns on its first three possessions, forcing Tech to play from behind most of the game. Longhorns quarterback David Ash, benched in the fourth quarter the week before in a 21-17 win at Kansas, strafed the Tech secondary for 264 yards and three touchdown passes.

Tech allowed five pass plays of 30-plus yards in the first eight games, but Ash hit the Red Raiders for three. Among them were two bombs to wide receiver Mike Davis, one covering 54 yards to the 2-yard line to set up a touchdown and the other a 75-yard TD.

Two Tech starters — cornerback Cornelius Douglas and nickel back Tre Porter — were out, as well as Porter’s backup, Jarvis Phillips. Bruce Jones started his third game in a row for Douglas, Neboh took Porter’s place and Derrick Mays, who has played little this season, started at corner.

Each of the three gave up at least one of the Longhorns’ big pass plays.

“We had to play a couple of guys at defensive back that wouldn’t have been in there had we not had injuries,” Tuberville said, “so (Texas) took advantage of it. They saw it. You’ve got to give it to them. They took advantage of going after a corner that hadn’t played much all year long and obviously made the play.”

Even so, Tech still had its chances. However, the Red Raiders committed nine penalties for 85 yards, some costly.

On its first possession of the game, Tech committed a penalty of its own to offset a roughing-the-punter against Texas, forcing the Red Raiders to punt again instead of having a first down.

In the second quarter, Sadale Foster took a screen pass 14 yards to the Texas 6-yard line, but a chop-block call against guard Le’Raven Clark put Tech in a first-and-30 from the UT 35 instead. The Red Raiders settled for a field goal on that drive.

In the fourth quarter, a punt-catch interference penalty against Daniel Cobb gave Texas a 15-yard head start to a series on which the Longhorns scored their last touchdown.

Then with 6:10 left in the game and Tech down 31-22, a 2-yard Kenny Williams touchdown was erased by holding on center Deveric Gallington. Three plays later, UT corner Carrington Byndom blocked a field-goal try.

“It seemed like they just came at bad times,” Tuberville said. “We work on it all the time, but today they went against us. Unfortunately, we couldn’t recover from it.”

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Between not calling the illegal picks that Texas ran on their pass plays, to calling questionable penalties against Tech when they were in the red zone, to never calling anything against Texas's defensive backs, the officials did what Big 12 officials always do--they made sure that Texas would win.

Tech played poorly, so they have no excuses. But one team can't beat 11+7. Tubby can't say it, so I will--the officials called a poor game and overtly helped Texas. Nothing will ever be done about this, because Texas runs the Big 12. Just ask Nebraska, Colorado, and A&M.


Neal Brown = Jason Garrett = Tommy Loserville

"I never met a third-down and long draw play I didn't like."


This team won't win another game

Will lose to Kansas, XSU and Baylor. The team is not mentally tough or physically tough. This season is over.


Hmmmm..... methinks it's not

Hmmmm..... methinks it's not all Neal Brown. My husband said if Tuberville were kidnapped for the next game it would be interesting to see how Neal Brown would call the game with no pressure from the head coach.


I have been a Raider all my

I have been a Raider all my life. Did anyone know that UT has a 75% winning percentage against Tech? Tech is cursed against UT. Think about it, besides Spike every Tech coach has struggled against UT. I don't think that it matters what team Tech has, they still have a 25% chance at winning. Every other school Tech at least has a 50% or little less or over of winning. I hate watching Tech play UT because we always do something stupid to cost the game. It irritates the crap out of me. You can't blame Tuberville he called the plays and the players didn't execute. 1st and goal and you get two penalties to push you back? That's bad execution. Maybe we shouldn't get so amped up for the UT game anymore, I hate being let down every year.


Okay. Not Tubby/Brown's Fault

I had a revelation during a dream last night. I now realize that Tubberville and Brown are not the problem with the mediocrity permeating the Texas Tech football team. IT'S ALL GEORGE W. BUSH'S FAULT!



I respectfully disagree with you and your husband.

When Tubberville and Brown were "consulting" one another during the game Saturday, Tubberville was not pressuring Brown about the plays to call. They were trying to decide where they were going to eat for supper after the game.

They decided on Taco Bell's Doritos LOCOS Tacos Supreme.

By the way, coaches everywhere unanimously agrees that when it's 1st down with 30 yards to go, a draw play is the choice call. It always backs the defense up on its heels.


the refs.......again

Fur shore, weed'a one if'an them refs wood'a stayd off'en there wistles and yeller rags. Hour boys dont committ fouls and those zebras no it. The only way we can win if iffen there car brakes down and they cant make it to0 the game in tyme. No wunder we lost to Okia U. and them farmers in Kansas, we was hosed by the refs.


You know what makes me sick?

You know what makes me sick? Going out and seeing the Longhorn support just about go neck and neck with Tech support. I mean really, these couch potatoes go online to get their longhorn gear for the game, and they live on 34th street!!!! I have never witnessed a local population cheer for the opposing team so hard in my life. Lubbock is a college town. Tech rules Lubbock.

I want to make a crazy statement, you can either agree or disagree. Is Tech cursed from beating UT because of all the Mexican Bandwagon fans in Lubbock? It has to be some sort of Mexican Voodoo on the Raiders.


Once Again

Come and listen to my story
'Bout a man named Brown
A poor mountain-Neal,
Liked to keep his team way down.
And then one day
While sayin’ sumpin' putrid,
Through the phone lines came a call from Tuber-Stupid.

Tuberville, that is. TT you see. Jester of the SEC.

Well the first thing you know
We see Tube's an idiot,
But Kent Hance says “I just know he can do it”
Tells him “Tech is the place you really outta be
‘Cause the fan base here
Supports mediocrity.”

Bad coaching. Bad plays. Losing with impunity

Well now it's time to say, "Goodbye"
To Tube and Brown and Hance,
But they would like to thank
You fools for giving them a chance.
You're all invited back next week to this insanity
To have a heapin' helpin' of their idiocracy.

Hillbillies, that is, like Arkansas and Kentucky.

Y'all come back now, y'hear?


Brad Douglas

Your dingle berry jingle is worse than NB's play calls.


TU always

Seems to get the advantage on controversial officiating. Can anyone remember the last time they LOST in a close contest because of "iffy" calls that went AGAINST them. I researched it and I found one back in 1942. Just ask Kansas, The Pirate, Nebraska, Oklahoma St., Kansas again, Baylor, and the list goes on and on. Just once I'd like to see them get "hosed" by the same kind of crap so they can see how frustrating it gets.



Yeah, I know. Thanks for noticing. :)


Brad Douglas




Maybe the ansewer is to get out of the Big XII so we don't have to play them ever year??


Brad Douglas

That's the first time I've laughed about the TU game, Tubbs and all the bad coaching and decisions.

Thanks for the grins and keep composing! We need something to take our minds off this dire TTU football year!

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