Texas Football: 3 takeaways from Longhorns’ decimation of Texas Tech

Jaydon Blue, Texas football. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
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With a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game and potentially the College Football Playoff on the line, No. 7 Texas football had plenty of motivation entering the regular season at DKR in Austin on Nov. 24 against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian wanted to make a statement against head coach Joey McGuire and Texas Tech on Black Friday.

Sark and the Longhorns were able to do just that with a dominant effort on defense out of the gates against the Red Raiders. Quarterback Behren Morton managed just 38 passing yards on nine completions, with two interceptions and no passing touchdowns in the first half against Texas.

No. 7 Texas football sends Texas Tech back to Lubbock with a 50-point loss

Texas was up and down on offense out of the gates. But the Longhorns did get some big plays from redshirt senior running back Keilan Robinson and sophomore running back Jaydon Blue to get a big lead by early in the third quarter.

On Senior Night, Texas had a great mix of upper and underclassmen show up to play. Multiple true freshmen and seniors made big-time plays for the Longhorns to control this game against Texas Tech.

Texas continued to dominate throughout the second half. The Longhorns even got true freshman quarterback Arch Manning in the game as early as late in the third quarter against Tech.

In the end, the Red Raiders are heading back to Lubbock with a massive 57-7 loss to the Longhorns. Texas heads to the Big 12 Championship Game for the first time since 2018 and attains an impressive 11-win regular season after the win over Texas Tech.

Here’s a look at three takeaways from the Longhorns’ impressive win over Texas Tech in the regular season finale on Nov. 24.

Jaydon Blue and Keilan Robinson spark the offense and special teams

The co-MVPs of the game for the Longhorns could easily be Blue and Robinson. You could also pretty much coin the entire Texas defense as the MVP of this game.

Texas needed both of these guys to step up after true freshman running back CJ Baxter Jr. left the game due to an injury.

Blue and Robinson delivered some key big plays for the Longhorns that helped them put the Red Raiders away for good by early in the second half. Blue had a career-long 69-yard touchdown run to start the second quarter to put Texas up by two scores.

The second-year running back just exploded through the hole and turned on the burners for the long touchdown run.

Blue also had some big plays on the ground and in the receiving game to help Texas keep the chains moving against the Texas Tech defense.

Robinson, meanwhile, scored the first touchdown of each half for the Longhorns. He scored on a nine-yard touchdown on Texas’ first offensive drive of the game. And then, Robinson lit the crowd up at DKR even more on the first play of the second half with a 95-yard kick return for a touchdown to put Texas up 34-7.

We also got a heavy helping of sophomore running back Savion Red in this game, as he rushed for over 50 yards.