Inside the Numbers: Texas Versus Texas Tech

LUBBOCK TX - SEPTEMBER 18: Tight end Barrett Matthews #89 of the Texas Longhorns makes a touchdown pass reception against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the fourth quarter at Jones AT&T Stadium on September 18 2010 in Lubbock Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

You know the drill: bullets.

  • To start it all off, the only two numbers that really matter here: 3 and 0. Three wins and zero losses for Texas on the season. Stats are for people who aren't cool. And stuff.
  • 144 yards -- the total offense on the night for Texas Tech, the best defensive performance by the Longhorns against the Red Raiders since 1982.
  • 302. The number of yards of total offense below their season average for Tech.
  • In the last two seasons, Texas has held six opponents under 200 total yards.
  • 10. The number of three and outs for Tech on the day.
  • The -14 rushing yards for Tech represented the fourth time that the Longhorns have held the Red Raiders to negative rushing yards since 2004. Texas is 4-0 in those games.
  • Mack Brown is now 4-3 in Lubbock.
  • Texas possessed the ball for 12 minutes of the first quarter and more than 37 minutes overall. In that quarter, the Longhorns gained 144 yards. Tech lost three.
  • The decisive Texas drive took 22 plays, covered 80 yards and chewed up nearly nine and a half minutes of the third and fourth quarters.
  • 29. The penalty yardage incurred by Texas Tech defensive back Will Ford on that drive.
  • 3, 0, 5, 4, 1, -3, 1, 4, 2. The rushing totals by play gained by Texas after that long drive -- 9 rushes for 16 yards. In other words, about a foot and a half per carry. Two drives went three and out and the fourth resulted in the clock expiring.
  • 30%. The Texas third-down conversion percentage on the day.
  • 23%. Texas Tech's third-down conversion percentage on the day.
  • 2.2. Average yards per carry for the supposedly revamped Texas running game.
  • The Longhorns committed 11 penalties for 95 yards.
  • 9. The number of points the Longhorns left on the board after Garrett Gilbert threw three interceptions in the red zone. However, the interception returned for a touchdown actually represents a 10-point swing in the game.
  • .893. Mack Brown's winning percentage as the Texas head coach against in-state schools.
  • 3. The number of turnovers the 'Horns forced a week after failing to force a fumble or corral an interception against Wyoming. Will Muschamp wants to force three or more turnovers every week.
  • 122. The total receiving yardage on the day for much-maligned senior receiver James Kirkendoll, breaking the career high he set against Wyoming last season.
  • 14. The number of points Texas scored in the first quarter after scoring only three points in the opening frame of the first two games.
  • In the history of the series, Texas has won, on average, three out of every four games (45 of 60 meetings). Right now, the pattern is that Texas loses every other trip to Lubbock. So beware 2012.
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