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Texas (2-1) vs. Texas Tech (3-0)
September 25, 2021
Where
: Austin, Texas
Stadium: Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium
Time: 11:00 a.m. CT
TV: ABC (Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek, Tom Luginbill)
Radio: Longhorn IMG Radio Network (Craig Way, Roger Wallace, Will Matthews)
Spanish Radio: Longhorn IMG Radio Network (Dr. Rubén Pizarro-Silva, Jesus Mendoza)

THE OPENING KICKOFF

  • The University of Texas continues its 129th season of football on Saturday when the Longhorns open Big 12 play at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium against Texas Tech.
  • Saturday’s matchup will mark the sixth time since 2009 that Texas opens conference play at home. The Horns are 4-1 in those instances, and 12-2 (.857) when opening Big 12 play at home.
  • Texas currently boasts 925 all-time wins, the fourth-most in college football history. UT holds an all-time record of 925-379-33 (.704).

THE ALL-TIME SERIES

  • Texas holds a 53-17 advantage over Texas Tech in the all-time series between the schools, and has won 10 of the last 12 matchups.
  • The Longhorns overcame a 15-point deficit with just over three minutes remaining to best the Red Raiders, 63-56, in overtime in Lubbock last season.
  • Texas holds the longest winning streak by either side (8 games) and the largest margin of victory (51 points) in series history.
  • The matchup marks the second-straight year in which Texas opens Big 12 play against the Red Raiders and fifth time overall, with the Longhorns holding a 4-0 record ahead of Saturday’s game.
  • Texas is 2-0 in Big 12 openers against Texas Tech at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

RESULTS VS. TEXAS TECH (SINCE 2009)

Year     Location             Result             Score
2009…. Austin……………… W…………    34-24
2010…. Lubbock…………… W…………    24-14
2011…. Austin……………… W…………    52-20
2012…. Lubbock…………… W…………    31-22
2013…. Austin……………… W…………    41-16
2014…. Lubbock…………… W…………    34-13
2015…. Austin………………. L………….    45-48
2016…. Lubbock…………… W…………    45-37
2017…. Austin………………. L………….    23-27
2018…. Lubbock…………… W…………    41-34
2019…. Austin……………… W…………    49-24
2020…. Lubbock…………… W…………    63-56 (OT)

A Texas Win Would …            

  • Be Texas’ 926th victory all-time, keeping UT as the fourth-winningest program in college football history.
  • Give Steve Sarkisian his 49th victory as a head coach and third at The University of Texas.
  • Move Texas to 3-0 at home under Steve Sarkisian, making him the first Longhorns head coach to win his first three home games since Mack Brown in 1998.
  • Give Texas a 3-1 mark under Steve Sarkisian, making Sarkisian the first Texas head coach to win three of his first four games since Fred Ackers started 4-0 in 1977.
  • Mark Steve Sarkisian‘s second win as a head coach in his against a team from the state of Texas.
  • Improve Sarkisian’s record against programs representing the Big 12 to 2-2 and bring his record against teams currently in the Big 12 to 1-1.

The Captains

This season, Texas will be naming game captains on a weekly basis.

Bijan Breaking Through

  • Sophomore RB Bijan Robinson opened the 2021 campaign in style, earning Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF) National Offensive Player of the Week honors after racking up 176 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, including 103 on the ground and a touchdown on 20 carries, along with four receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown in leading the Longhorns to an opening week win over No. 23 Louisiana.
  • Over his last seven games, Robinson has totaled 821 rushing yards on 99 carries (831 ypc) with nine touchdowns, while also hauling in 14 receptions for 220 yards (15.7 ypc) and scoring three touchdowns. All told, he has 1,041 yards on 113 plays for 9.2 yards per play with 12 touchdowns.
  • Robinson has scored multiple touchdowns in four of the last five games with 12 touchdowns in all.
  • In the last seven games, Robinson has eclipsed 100 yards rushing five times with the Longhorns coming away victorious in all five games.
  • Has rushed for one or more touchdowns in each of the last five games, scoring nine in that span.
  • Surpassed 1,000 career rushing yards in the Texas’ 58-0 victory over Rice, becoming the 55th Longhorn to reach the mark.
  • Reached 1,000 yards on his 138th career carry, the fastest Longhorn to reach the mark since Jamaal Charles accomplished it on his 138th career carry. Vince Young was the fastest to the mark in recent UT history, reaching 1,000 rushing yards on his 136th attempt.

Casey Creating Points

  • Junior QB Casey Thompson is leading Texas to the end zone at an exceptional rate. In the 13 drives he has led this season the Longhorns have scored 11 times, including 10 touchdowns.
  • Since entering at the beginning of the second half in last season’s Valero Alamo Bowl for then-senior QB Sam Ehlinger, Thompson has guided 18 Texas drives with the Longhorns scoring on 16 of them including 14 touchdowns (seven passing and seven rushing) and two field goals.

2020 Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Colorado
1. Joshua Moore 13-yd TD pass from Thompson
2. Joshua Moore 25-yd TD pass from Thompson
3. Cameron Dicker 35-yd field goal
4. Bijan Robinson 23-yd TD pass from Thompson
5. Kelvontay Dixon 73-yd TD pass from Thompson

2021 vs. Louisiana
6. Jordan Whittington 14-yd TD pass from Thompson
7. Cameron Dicker 49-yd field goal
8. Punt

2021 at Arkansas
9. Casey Thompson 5-yd TD run
10. Casey Thompson 2-yd TD run

2021 vs. Rice
11. Bijan Robinson 6-yd TD run
12. Interception
13. Roschon Johnson 72-yd TD run
14. Bijan Robinson 7-yd TD run
15. Bijan Robinson 62-yd TD run
16. Jared Wiley 20-yd TD pass from Thompson
17. Xavier Worthy 13-yd TD pass from Thompson
18. Keilan Robinson 65-yd TD run

  • Thompson made his first-career start against Rice, completing 15-of-18 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Over his last two games, Thompson has completed 20-of-26 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns while rushing nine times for 51 yards and two scores.
  • In 2021, Thompson has connected on 24-of-31 passes (77.4 percent) for 262 yards and three touchdowns and carried the ball nine times for 51 yards (5.1 ypc) and two scores.

The X-Factor

  • Texas true freshman WR Xavier Worthy came up huge in the Longhorns’ win over Rice, establishing career bests with seven receptions, 88 receiving yards and one touchdown reception, the first score of his career.
  • Worthy’s seven receptions are tied for seventh-most by a freshman in a game in UT history.
  • His 31-yard reception in the first quarter gave him a play of at least 25 yards in all three games this season.
  • Worthy had a 34-yard reception against Louisiana and a 25-yard reception at Arkansas.
  • In three games this season with two starts, Worthy has 10 receptions for 163 yards (16.3 ypc) and one touchdown. He has also returned three punts for 47 yards.

Keilan Coming Through

  • Sophomore RB Keilan Robinson had an impact on special teams and in the offense in Texas’ win over Rice.
  • The transfer from Alabama blocked a punt in the first quarter that rolled out of the back of the end zone for a safety, the first blocked punt for a score for UT since last season’s Big 12 opener against Texas Tech.
  • Robinson added a career-long 65-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter that put Texas up 51-0. On the day, Robinson had five carries for 83 yards (16.6 ypc) and one touchdown.
  • In three games this season, Robinson has rushed the ball 19 times for 133 yards (7.0 ypc) and scored one touchdown.

Dynamic DeMarvion

  • Senior LB DeMarvion Overshown has played in 30 games and made 15 starts during his collegiate career. 
  • In UT’s season-opening win over Louisiana, Overshown registered a career-best 13 tackles (4 solo), while also picking up a half sack for a loss of four yards.
  • He has registered 104 tackles (560 solo), 16.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, 10 pass breakups, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and one recovered in his career.
  • He collected a team-high eight tackles against Arkansas, the second-straight game in which he has led the team in tackles.
  • Overshown recorded 21 tackles in the first two games of the season, the most tackles for a Longhorn in the first two contests of the season since Cedric Reed had 24 in 2013.
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