Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE
The Texas Longhorns defeated Texas Tech, 31-22, on Saturday, and fans found plenty of reason to be happy, including the team's play in the red zone on both offense and defense.
With their 31-22 win over Texas Tech on Saturday, the Texas Longhorns have won three in a row and now have their first win over a ranked team this season.
The Longhorns improved to 7-2 on the year, thanks to two touchdown receptions from Mike Davis and steady play throughout from quarterback David Ash.
But SB Nation's Texas blog, Burnt Orange Nation, heaped praise on its team for its play on both sides of the ball, especially in the red zone, where the Longhorns have struggled this year.
No, the instructional takeaway was the impressive red zone performances by the Longhorn offense and defense. Both Texas Tech and Texas entered the game ranked abysmally in the defensive red zone at 118th and 121st respectively. The much maligned Texas defense had been giving up scores at a 94.29% clip.
Burnt Orange Nation pointed out one defensive play in particular that stopped the Red Raiders right as they were threatening.
After a nice pick up of 4 yards on first down, the Red Raider offensive coordinator took the ball away from his hot handed quarterback and went back to his star back Williams out of the pistol formation. Longhorns cornerback Quandre Diggs is playing tight man coverage on the LOS, sniffs the play, rushes from the edge to not only blow up the hole but also make the tackle.
Next up, the Longhorns host Iowa State this coming Saturday to kick off their final three games of the season. The regular season concludes in Manhattan, Kans. against unbeaten Kansas State.