The Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Texas Longhorns. Mix ’em in a cauldron. Which Big 12 team doesn’t sink?!
Broadcast on ABC, with commentary by Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musberger, the first quarter began with a Red Raiders field goal (forty-one yards) by Matt Williams. The Longhorns wide receiver Jordan Shipley returned a punt forty-six yards and sliced across the front, right corner of the end zone halfway through the quarter. The Longhorns increased their score with a field goal in the top of the second quarter. Texas 10 and Texas Tech 3.
The third quarter began with the Longhorns upping the number with a TD by running back Tre Newton. Texas 17 and Texas Tech 3. Red Raiders quarterback Taylor Potts then threw a TD pass to wide receiver Lyle Leong. Cody Johnson, running back for the Longhorns, didn’t like the look of that score gap, so he got his team another TD. Lyle Leong hit right back with a second TD in the bottom of the quarter. Texas 24 and Texas Tech 17.
Longhorns QB Colt McCoy threw a TD pass to wide receiver Dan Buckner in top of the fourth quarter. Texas 31 and Texas Tech 17. Another back-and-forth — Tramain Swindall of the Red Raiders ran the ball ino the end zone. Texas 31 and Texas Tech 24. Met with a “oh Hades no” as the Longhorns edged up numerically with a field goal. Texas 34 and Texas Tech 24. Final score.
Observations & Miscellania:
1. Kirk Herbstreit wore a lavender button-down shirt and a matching, swirly purple tie . Not bad. It didn’t look ot bad against Brent Musberger’s red and blue, wide striped tie.
2. Jordan Shipley can play the guitar.
3. Much of the game-play was rendered pixel-ish and splotchy due to the rainy weather and cloud coverage. It’s like unwanted, real-time fast-forwarding. Thus, there was an interception (Red Raiders on Longhorns) that I missed in the second quarter.
4. After Colt McCoy threw the TD pass in the top of the fourth quarter, Brent Musberger mentioned that McCoy decided not to enter the NFL draft this past spring. His parents have taken a 3 to 5 million dollar worth insurance policy as a contingency plan in case he experiences any kind of injury at any time of day that would prevent him from pursuing a career in professional football.
5. With under six minutes left in the game, the telecast cut to footage of Colt McCoy standing on the banks of a lake successfully throwing to Jordan Shipley, who was in a boat coming towards land at 45 mph.
6. With just a minute left in the fourth quarter, the camera cut to a medium close-up of Red Raiders offensive lineman Brandon Carter sitting on the sidelines, facing screen-right. He had a mohawk–the hair was bright teal.
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