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College Football
Texas Tech at Texas
When: 7:30 PM ET, Thursday, November 26, 2015
Where: Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas

Texas Tech and host Texas will each have their hands full trying to stop the other's offense during Thursday night's Big 12 matchup. The Red Raiders own one of the nation's top passing offenses while the Longhorns have a strong - but banged up - ground game.

Texas' top two running backs - D'Onta Foreman (finger) and Johnathan Gray (foot) - are both unlikely as the Longhorns come out of a bye week. Texas will also likely be without freshman offensive guard Patrick Vahe (knee) against a Red Raiders defense that is giving up 259.9 rushing yards. Texas Tech has gaudy numbers through the air - quarterback Patrick Mahomes II is ranked fourth nationally with an average of 355.5 yards and 31 touchdowns - but DeAndre Washington has been a solid rusher in the Big 12. The Red Raiders are trying to win at Texas for the first time since 1997 after losing the past eight visits by an average of 26.3 points.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1. LINE: Texas -1.5

ABOUT TEXAS TECH (6-5, 3-5 Big 12): Jakeem Grant averages 94.4 receiving yards and has six TD catches and two kickoff returns for scores. Washington has 1,282 rushing yards, including a league-best 402 yards after contact against Big 12 opponents, for an offense averaging 46.5 points. The Red Raiders rank 122nd in FBS in rushing defense and second-to-last in total defense (546.8) after holding Kansas State to 123 rushing yards in their last game.

ABOUT TEXAS (4-6, 3-4): Freshmen Chris Warren III (18 carries, 88 yards) and Kirk Johnson (five carries, 12 yards) will get the bulk of work if Foreman (681 yards, five TDs) and Gray (489 yards, three TDs) can't play. Quarterbacks Jerrod Heard (1,202 passing yards, five TDs) and Tyrone Swoopes (334 passing yards, three TDs) combine for 858 rushing yards and 12 scores. Texas, which is 41-13-1 at home on Thanksgiving Day, has rushed for 256.4 yards during its past five games.


1. Warren's father, Chris Jr., played 11 seasons in the NFL and Johnson's father, Johnnie, played at Texas before a 10-year NFL career.

2. Mahomes needs 89 passing yards to give Texas Tech a 4,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher (Washington) and 1,000-yard receiver (Grant) in the same season for the first time.

3. Gray (2,607 yards) needs 58 yards to pass Hodges Mitchell for the 10th most rushing yards in Texas history.

PREDICTION: Texas Tech 32, Texas 24

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Texas Tech 6-5 W1 46.5 42.4 4-3 2-2 0-1 0-0 3-5
Texas 4-6 L1 24.9 29.9 4-2 0-4 0-3 0-0 3-4
Last Meeting
Texas Tech Texas
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/1/14 TEX 34 TTU 13 381 156 225 469 241 228
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Texas Tech V. Testaverde 57.7 116 0 1
Texas T. Swoopes 52.0 228 1 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Texas Tech D. Washington 16 97 6.1 0
Texas M. Brown 22 116 5.3 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Texas Tech B. Marquez 6 55 9.2 0
Texas J. Harris 5 165 33.0 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Texas Tech K. Williams 1
Texas M. Brown 2
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Texas Tech P. Mahomes II 65.7 3911 31 13
Texas J. Heard 59.2 1202 5 5
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Texas Tech D. Washington 195 1282 6.6 12
Texas D. Foreman 94 672 7.1 5
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Texas Tech J. Grant 78 1038 13.3 6
Texas J. Burt 20 413 20.6 2
Touchdowns Player TD
Texas Tech D. Washington 14
Texas T. Swoopes 9
Quickchart Matchup
Texas Tech Texas Tech Off vs  Texas Texas Def
Texas Tech 588.1 yards
Texas 428.7 yards
Texas Tech 5.6 yards/rush
Texas 4.2 yards/rush
Texas Tech 8.2 yards/attempt
Texas 7.4 yards/attempt
Texas Texas Off vs  Texas Tech Texas Tech Def
Texas 367.5 yards
Texas Tech 546.8 yards
Texas 4.9 yards/rush
Texas Tech 5.7 yards/rush
Texas 7.4 yards/attempt
Texas Tech 8 yards/attempt