AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The main Big 12 game of the season for Texas and Texas Tech already feels worship a pivotal moment for both head coaches.
First-year Texas coach Steve Sarkisian changed into once brought in from Reduce Saban’s crew at Alabama with a $34 million assured contract and a promise to elevate this plot aid to the Big 12 energy. His first nationwide game two weeks within the past changed into once a misfortune, a 40-21 drubbing by Arkansas that wasn’t as terminate because the final receive.
Texas Tech coach Matt Wisely is in his third season and the Purple Raiders’ 3-0 birth is promising after 4-8 and 4-6 finishes the closing two years.
Both coaches need to begin into the Big 12 in 2021 in a big map on Saturday. Texas (2-1) hasn’t received the Big 12 since 2009.
“I wasn’t here the closing decade, ?” Sarkisian acknowledged. “I listen to what has took build, but the real fact is I strive to be where my feet are. Now my feet are here at Texas … We’re no longer here to form up for the previous. We’re here to manufacture the steady job that we are able to manufacture this season.”
Sarkisian is aware of the Longhorns didn’t mark any person that watched the loss at Arkansas that dropped them from No. 15 to unranked. And Saturday starts the Longhorns’ first time out accurate in the course of the Big 12 because the announcement the college will transfer to the Southeastern Convention within the long term.
Persistence within the Wells regime may perchance be running short in Lubbock after two shedding season. Successful at Texas sooner than the Longhorns jog away the Big 12 will most definitely be an plump enhance for coach and program.
“It will most definitely be a big map terminate, there’s no set up a query to about that. There’s lots of particular feelings around Lubbock and West Texas I procure when it involves this game,” Wells acknowledged. “I do know this, we possess now a belief in ourselves.”
Casey Thompson changed into once honest in his starting debut against Rice but frankly wasn’t requested to manufacture worthy in a 58-0 rout. His completely mistake got here on an interception when he changed into once hit on a blitz. Courting to closing season’s Alamo Bowl, Thompson has led Texas to parts on 16 of the 18 possessions he’s been on the sector.
Oregon transfer Tyler Shough has taken worth of the Purple Raiders offense. He handed for 399 and four touchdowns closing week in a map terminate over Florida Global.
BIG PLAY RECEIVERS
The Texas secondary will be examined in total by Purple Raiders receiver Erik Ezukanma. He leads the Big 12 in total receiving yards (350) and yards per game (116.7).
Texas freshman Xavier Grand is rail skinny at 6-foot-1, 160 pounds, but had a breakout game closing week with seven catches for 88 yards and his first occupation landing. Unexcited to this point has been Texas’ Joshua Moore. The Longhorns’ main returning receiver from closing season has steady four catches and no touchdowns but. He caught the game-winner in overtime in Lubbock closing season.
Texas overwhelmed Rice with 427 yards speeding as three diversified backs broke off landing runs of 62 yards or longer. That got here after Texas managed steady 252 total yards against Arkansas. Bijan Robinson has five speeding touchdowns already this season.
Texas Tech ranks 2d within the Big 12 in speeding yards allowed at steady 54.3 per game. The Purple Raiders needs to be worthy more sturdy on the road of scrimmage against Texas than Rice changed into once.
Texas Tech has been growing them in bunches and turning them into big performs. The Purple Raiders had four interceptions in their season-opener against Houston, and had a 72-yard scoring return closing week against Florida Global. They’ve two defensive touchdowns off turnovers.
DOWN TO THE WIRE
Five of the closing six matchups in this rivalry were decided by a landing or much less. Final season, the Longhorns rallied with two touchdowns within the final three minutes sooner than a success in overtime.
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