THE OPENING KICKOFF • The University of Texas continues its 128th season of football on Saturday when the Longhorns open Big 12 play on the road against Texas Tech. • Saturday’s matchup will mark the seventh time since 2010 that Texas opens conference play on the road. The Horns are 5-2 in those instances, and 19-5 (.792) overall in Big 12 road openers since the league began play in 1996. • Texas currently boasts 917 all-time wins, the third-most in college football history. UT holds an all-time record of 917-375-33 (.704).
SERIES HISTORY VS. TEXAS TECH • Texas holds a 52-17 advantage over Texas Tech in the all-time series between the schools, and has won two of the three match-ups held during Tom Herman’s tenure. • The Longhorns bested the Red Raiders, 49-24, on senior day last season. • Texas holds the longest winning streak by either side (8 games) and the largest margin of victory (51 points) in series history.
NOTABLE STREAKS AND TRENDS • Texas is 9-4 in non-conference games, including bowl games, under head coach Tom Herman. That includes a 5-2 mark at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. • The Longhorns have held their last six opponents under 25 points, UT’s longest stretch since a six-game stretch that covered the end of the 2010 season and the beginning of the 2011 campaign. • Texas is 11-2 at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium since the start of the 2018 season and 14-5 overall during Herman’s tenure as head coach. • The Longhorns are 10-6 in one-possession games (decided by eight points or less) since the start of 2018. • UT has won 21 of the 22 games it has outgained its opponent under Tom Herman. • The Longhorns are 21-2 under Herman when outrushing their opponents, and have won 15 of the last 17 instances. • Texas’ defense has forced at least one turnover in 33 of 41 games under Herman, including in 16 of its last 19 contests. • UT is 24-3 when leading at halftime since the start of the 2017 season. • The Longhorns have won 15 of 16 games when holding their opponents under 20 points during Herman’s tenure. • Tom Herman’s Texas teams are 9-0 when forcing at least three turnovers and are 19-6 when turning the ball over fewer than three times.
WHAT RETURNS IN 2020 • In 2020, the Longhorns return QB Sam Ehlinger, who has started all 27 games for Texas over the past two seasons. Ehlinger threw for 3,663 of UT’s 3,761 passing yards in 2019, and was responsible for 39 of the Longhorns’ 58 touchdowns last season. • The top four rushers from a season ago return in RBs Keaontay Ingram, Roschon Johnson and Daniel Young, as well as Ehlinger, however Young has elected not to play this season. Ingram (853 yds), Ehlinger (663 yds) and Johnson (649 yds) all ran for 600-plus yards last season. • Out wide, WRs Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay are both gone to the NFL, leaving junior Brennan Eagles and sophomore Jake Smith as UT’s top-two returning receivers. Eagles caught 32 passes for 522 yards (team-high 16.3 ypc) and six touchdowns, while Smith hauled in 25 passes for 274 yards and six touchdowns as a true freshman. Smith’s six touchdown catches in 2019 were the second-most by a freshman in school history, trailing only Roy Williams’ eight-TD mark in 2000. • In total, Texas returns 99.6% of its passing yards (3,747), 98.3% of its rushing yards (2,256) and 46.4% of its receiving yards (1,745) from last year’s team. • On defense, the Longhorns bring back nine of their top-11 tacklers, including team-leader Joseph Ossai, who logged 90 tackles in 2019. • 10 players who recorded at least one sack a season ago are back in 2019, while seven who intercepted at least one pass return to the Forty Acres this year.
TEXAS TECH, TEXAS MEET FOR 70TH TIME n Texas Tech will look for its third win over Texas in the last six seasons and its first at home since 2008 on Saturday when the Red Raiders and Longhorns open Big 12 play at Jones AT&T Stadium. It will be the 70th alltime meeting between the two in-state rivals, who will be opening their Big 12 slate against each other for the fourth time in history. n A win over Texas would mark Texas Tech’s first over a top-10 team since routing No. 4 West Virginia, 49-14, during the 2012 season. The Red Raiders will be looking for their first win over a ranked Texas team since the Red Raiders’ magical win over the top-ranked Longhorns in 2008. BOWMAN RETURNS WITH 400-YARD GAME n Alan Bowman made his return behind center against Houston Baptist, throwing for 430 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Texas Tech’s 35-33 victory over the Huskies. Bowman’s performance marked his fourth career game with at least 400 passing yards and seventh with 300 yards through the air as he completed 73.1 percent of his passes to help the Red Raiders start the season with a win for the 17th time in the past 18 years. n Despite two seasons as a Red Raider and 11 career starts at quarterback, this will be Bowman’s first ever appearance against Texas as he was held out of each of the two previous meetings due to injury. RUSH DEFENSES ON DISPLAY SATURDAY n Both Texas Tech and Texas will put two strong rushing defenses on display Saturday as both teams allowed less than 50 yards on the ground in their respective season openers against Houston Baptist and UTEP. The Red Raiders surrendered only 28 rushing yards to Houston Baptist, their fewest since the 2012 season opener versus Northwestern State. n The Red Raiders will look to limit a Texas offense that strung together 689 yards of total offense against the Miners, the highest single-game total so far in college football this season. The Longhorns recorded 208 of those yards on the ground en route to a 59-3 rout over UTEP.
SERIES HISTORY n Texas Tech and Texas will meet for the 70th time in history and the 61st-consecutive year Saturday afternoon. The Longhorns control a 52-17 all-time advantage in the series, which includes a 21-10 mark in games played in Lubbock. n The Red Raiders will be looking for their first win over the Longhorns at home since the 2008 season when Graham Harrell found Michael Crabtree for the game-winning touchdown with only a second remaining in regulation. Four of Texas Tech’s five home losses to Texas since that memorable game have come by 10 points or less. n Outside of last year’s meeting in Austin, the two in-state rivals have gone to the wire over the past five years as four of those meetings have been determined by a touchdown or less. Lil’Jordan Humprey hauled in a 29-yard touchdown grab to give Texas the victory with only 21 seconds remaining in 2018, while Justus Parker, a year earlier, picked off a Sam Ehlinger pass with just over two minutes remaining, setting up a Cameron Batson touchdown grab from Nic Shimonek that was followed by a Douglas Coleman III interception to seal the victory. n The Red Raiders used a trick play to defeat the Longhorns in the closing minutes of the 2015 meeting as Jakeem Grant hid behind the offensive line before scampering 40 yards around the left side to the end zone to give Texas Tech a 48-38 lead with 2:41 remaining. It was the first of back-to-back wins in Austin for the Red Raiders, who had not done so previously in school history. n Matt Wells is looking to become only the fourth head coach in program history to top Texas in his first two seasons, joining Steve Sloan (1976), David McWilliams (1986, his only season) and Spike Dykes (1988).