AUSTIN - Texas Football returns home Friday night for its regular season finale against Texas Tech. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium.
The Longhorns enter with a record of 6-5, winners of two straight games. With their 28-14 road win at West Virginia last week, the Longhorns became bowl eligible for the first time since 2014. Texas is 5-3 overall in the Big 12 Conference.
Texas Tech enters at 5-6 overall, coming off a home loss to TCU. The Red Raiders are 2-6 in the Big 12 Conference, with wins over Kansas and Baylor.
National game coverage
Friday's game will kickoff at 7:00 p.m. and is set to air on FOX. Tim Brando (play-by-play), Spencer Tillman (analyst) and Holly Sonders (sideline) will call the action.
Texas' Senior Day is Friday. The following seniors will be honored before the game: K Mitchell Becker, DB Antwuan Davis, DL Poona Ford, WR Armanti Foreman, OL Garrett Graf, DB Jason Hall, LB Naashon Hughes, WR Lorenzo Joe, WR Dorian Leonard, TE Kendall Moore, OL Tristan Nickelson, DS Kaleb Smith and TE Robert Willis.
Three of the seniors are fifth-year Longhorns (Davis, Hughes, Becker) who are playing for their third head coach. All three are playing significant roles for Texas.
This year's class has combined to play in 371 games and make 158 starts. They have totaled 1,969 receiving yards, 16 touchdowns, 478 tackles, 47 tackles for loss, 20.5 sacks, five interceptions, nine forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
The all-time series
Texas and Texas Tech meet for the 67th time on Friday night in Austin. The Longhorns own a commanding 50-16 lead in the series, including a 30-6 mark in games played in Austin.
The Longhorns have won seven of the last eight in the series and 12-of-14 overall. Since the start of the Big 12 Conference, Texas is 16-5 against the Red Raiders.
Texas Tech won the last meeting in Austin, 48-45 in 2015, but the Longhorns bounced back and won 45-37 last season in Lubbock behind 341 rushing yards from D'Onta Foreman.
Tom Herman has not coached against Texas Tech in his career, while Kliff Kingsbury is 1-3 against the Longhorns in his.
Head Coach Tom Herman
Tom Herman is in his first season at Texas and his third season overall as a head coach. He is 6-5 thus far at UT and 28-9 overall as a head coach. In just three seasons, Herman has guided his teams to a record of 7-4 against Top 25 opponents, 3-3 against Top 10 foes and 2-1 against teams inside the Top 5.
Herman led Houston to a 13-1 record and a win in the Peach Bowl during his first season. He was just the fourth head coach in NCAA history with at least 13 wins in a rookie season (Chris Petersen, George Woodruff, Walter Camp) and just the fifth to win the first 10 games of his career (Petersen, Woodruff, Camp and Larry Coker).
Texas' tough schedule
The Longhorns have played five ranked teams this season, four of them away from home.
So far, Texas has played at No. 4/4 USC (now No. 11/10) in a double-overtime loss to the Trojans, vs. No. 12/12 Oklahoma (now No. 3/5) in a 29-24 loss in the AT&T Red River Showdown, No. 10/11 Oklahoma State (now No. 18/21) in an overtime loss at home, at No. 10/12 TCU (now No. 10/13) in a road loss and defeated No. 24/25 West Virginia on the road.
For the first time since 2009, Texas looks to finish the regular season on a three-game winning streak.
Since 2009, the Longhorns have finished with a winning record in the final three regular season games just once (2-1 in 2014).
The Longhorns have a chance to finish 6-3 in the Big 12 for the first time since 2013 (7-2) and just the second time since the league schedule went to nine games in 2011.
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