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Texas Tech Letdown Continues After Blowout by Texas

Texas wins 52-20



    Texas Tech Letdown Continues After Blowout by Texas
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    Running back Fozzy Whittaker #2 of the Texas Longhorns scores a second quarter touchdown against linebacker Cqulin (cq) Hubert #51 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

    That big win over Oklahoma -- the one Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville gushed about as a landmark victory for his program -- must feel like ancient history now.

    The Red Raiders were pummeled again on Saturday, dropping their second straight loss by getting pushed around by a dominant Texas running game in a 52-20 Longhorns victory.

    "It's another embarrassing loss," Red Raiders quarterback Seth Doege said.

    Longhorns freshman Joe Bergeron ran for 191 yards and three touchdowns and the Longhorns rolled up 439 yards rushing as a team.

    Bergeron had the most yards by a Texas back since 2007. Texas Tech never forced a punt and allowed Texas to score 31 points on just 28 plays in the first half.

    The Red Raiders have been outscored 93-27 by Iowa State and Texas the last two weeks after their stunning win at then-No. 3 Oklahoma that ended the Sooners' 39-game home winning streak.

    "When it comes down to it, we just do not have enough to stop anybody that runs the ball," Tuberville said. "We have got to find some way to get ourselves off the field and make somebody punt."

    Texas played without leading rusher Malcolm Brown, sidelined with a toe injury, and leading receiver Jaxon Shipley who has a knee injury.

    It hardly mattered. The Red Raiders, who came in ranked No. 114 against the run, were powerless to stop anything Texas did.

    Bergeron had 113 yards by halftime and Texas scored on its first five drives.

    In the early going, Texas Tech looked like a team capable of another big road win. The Red Raiders took the opening drive to the Texas 2, but a touchdown pass was wiped out by a personal foul and they settled for a field goal.

    Nothing much went right after that.

    Texas' Fozzy Whittaker had scoring runs of 12 and 8 yards out of Texas' "wild" formation and D.J. Monroe dashed to the end zone from 12 yards in the second quarter. Monroe faked Texas Tech safety Jared Flannel so well that Flannel ran into cornerback Derrick Mays, taking both defenders out of the play.

    "We need to stop the run," Texas Tech defensive end Kenny Hyder said. "It's just the willpower."

    After giving up the early field goal, the Texas defense never let Doege get comfortable, sacking him four times and hitting him several others with constant pressure.

    Doege finished with 381 yards passing and two late touchdowns.

    "We're not going to point fingers or anything like that," Doege said. "Everybody is involved in this loss."

    Texas' running game continues to protect freshman quarterback David Ash, who is still developing as a passer.

    Ash's only three pass attempts in the first half came on play-action deep throws to Mike Davis. They connected twice for 72 yards and even when Ash missed a wide-open Davis early, he followed it up with a 47-yard option run on the next play to set up a touchdown.

    Bergeron's first touchdown made it 31-6 at the end of the second quarter and Texas kept pounding the Texas Tech defense in the second half.

    The Longhorns opened the third quarter with a 10-play drive that used just one pass in driving to Bergeron's second score, a 5-yard run off left tackle on fourth-and-1. Bergeron's third touchdown covered 12 yards early in the fourth quarter to make it 45-13.

    Texas has won eight of the last 10 meetings with Texas Tech. The Red Raiders haven't won in Austin since 1997.