LUBBOCK, Texas - An interception by cornerback Kris Boydin the final seconds of the game sealed the victory for the Longhorns, as Texas (5-4, 3-3) claimed its first road victory of the season over Texas Tech (4-5, 2-4), 45-37.
Junior running back D'Onta Foreman exploded for 341 rushing yards – the third most in school history – and three touchdowns, averaging over 10 yards a carry. The win over the Red Raiders marks his 10th straight 100-yard rushing game, moving him to just one game shy of Earl Campbell's all-time record for most consecutive 100-yard performances.
Wide receiver Collin Johnson recorded both of Texas' two touchdown receptions, and quarterback Tyrone Swoopes notched another rushing touchdown.
The Texas defense limited quarterback Patrick Mahomes to minus-16 yards on the ground, his least productive rushing game of the season.
The contest had the makings of an offensive slugfest from the beginning. After receiving the ball to start the game, the Red Raiders relied upon their familiar air raid attack to strike first. Mahomes and company moved quickly downfield before finding the end zone on a quick slant pass to wide receiver Cameron Batson to take a 7-0 lead.
Texas required only 54 seconds to formulate a response. On the Longhorns' first play of the game, quarterback Shane Buechele connected with wide receiver Jake Oliver for a 52-yard pass to the Texas Tech 17-yard line. Three plays later, Foreman easily made it into the end zone from four yards out to even the score at seven.
On the next possession, the Texas Tech offense advanced as far as the Texas 33-yard line before the Longhorns stifled them on third down. Facing a fourth-and-one, the Raiders opted to kick a 42-yard field goal for a three-point advantage.
Texas followed up with another touchdown to reclaim the lead. Buechele guided the Longhorns to the Texas Tech 17-yard line before firing to Johnson, who sprinted into the end zone to out Texas ahead, 14-10.
The score continued to seesaw, as Texas Tech found the end zone again with 1:23 left in the first quarter. Texas defensive end Poona Ford was able to get a hand on the ensuing kick to deny the extra point. The block left the score at 16-14, Texas Tech.
The Longhorns seemed poised to score on the first possession of the second quarter, but Texas Tech defensive back Douglas Coleman stripped the ball at the Raider one-yard line and returned it the length of the field for a touchdown. The score lengthened the Texas Tech advantage to 23-14.
Texas came back with two consecutive scores to end the half. The first came off a nine-yard touchdown pass to Johnson, who notched his second score of the game to bring the Longhorns within two. After forcing Texas Tech to punt, the Longhorns drove down field to the Texas Tech 12-yard line to set up a field goal. Trent Domingue kicked the ball through the uprights to give the Longhorns a one-point lead, 24-23, going into halftime. The Longhorns would not relinquish that lead for the rest of the game.
The Longhorns opened the second half with another scoring drive. After converting a first down with an 11-yard pass to wide receiver Devin Duvernay, Buechele relied upon the Foreman brothers to travel the length of the field to the four-yard line. From there, Tyrone Swoopes took over at quarterback to muscle his way into the end zone, extending the Longhorn lead to 31-23.
Texas Tech rolled to another touchdown on their next possession, closing the gap to one point.
Once again, though, the Texas Tech defense had no answers for D'Onta Foreman. The junior running back notched two 12-yard runs before breaking free for a 38-yard dash to the end zone. The Longhorns took that 38-30 lead into the fourth quarter.
Foreman opened the fourth quarter with another touchdown rush, outpacing several Texas Tech defenders to go 74 yards. His third touchdown of the afternoon gave the Longhorns a 45-30 lead, their largest advantage of the game.
Two drives later, the Red Raiders capitalized on a Texas fumble to score a touchdown with 10:50 left in the quarter.
With 4:01 left in the game, the Texas defense denied the Red Raiders a first down on fourth-and-one to take over possession. The Longhorns were unable to put the final nail in the coffin, however, and Texas Tech reclaimed the ball at their own 35-yard line with just over two minutes left in the game.
Texas Tech advanced as far as the Texas 20-yard line, needing a touchdown and a two-point conversion to tie the game. But the Texas defense delivered in the final moments, with Kris Boyd intercepting a Mahomes pass in the end zone to solidify the victory.
Texas will return home next weekend to face off against West Virginia. Kickoff time will be announced no later than Sunday.