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Texas vs. Texas Tech: Comparing statistics from each team in non-conference play

Joe Cook09/20/22
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(Will Gallagher/Inside Texas)

Now that the Texas Longhorns and the Texas Tech Red Raiders each have three games under their belt, the statistics are beginning to tell a more accurate tale of the first quarter of the season.

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Texas, whose schedule sandwiched Alabama between two Group of 5 teams, had to account for several different styles of offense and play the backup quarterback in meaningful snaps in seven of the season’s 12 quarters.

After a balanced performance versus ULM, Quinn Ewers’ injury changed the complexion of the Longhorn offense midway through the Alabama contest. The defense also played contrasting offensive philosophies in all three weeks, and the numbers don’t tell the true tale of an improved defense.

The Longhorns’ total defense ranking fell several spots, while the rushing offense jumped over 40 spots.

Texas Tech opened with FCS Murray State before battling Houston into overtime. Then, first-year head coach Joey McGuire took his team on the road to Raleigh, N.C. to face NC State. The final tally read 27-14 in favor of the Wolfpack but a closer look at the game indicates the scoreboard doesn’t tell the entire story.

Here are the comparative statistics to know ahead of the Big 12 opener for both teams in front of a sold-out Jones AT&T Stadium this Saturday in Lubbock.

Texas total offense: T-80 – 404.3 ypg
TTU total defense: 
No. 28 – 293.7 ypg

Texas total defense: No. 53 – 347 ypg
TTU total offense: No. 36 – 475.3 ypg

Texas rushing defense: No. 61 – 130.7 ypg
TTU rushing offense: No. 115 – 101.7 ypg

Texas rushing offense: No. 62 – 170.3 ypg
TTU rushing defense: No. 18 – 82.7 ypg

Texas passing offense: No. 84 – 234 ypg
TTU passing yards allowed:
 No. 62 – 211 ypg

Texas passing yards allowed: T-68 – 216.3 ypg
TTU passing offense: No. 4 – 373.7 ypg

Texas 3rd down conversion percentage: T-101 – 33.3 percent
TTU 3rd down conversion percentage defense: No. 33 – 30 percent

Texas 3rd down conversion percentage defense: No. 99 – 41.7 percent
TTU 3rd down conversion percentage: No. 108 – 32.5 percent

Texas 4th down conversion percentage: T-1 – 100 percent
TTU 4th down conversion percentage defense: T-33 – 33.3 percent

Texas 4th down conversion percentage defense: T-16 – 16.7 percent
TTU 4th down conversion percentage: T-82 – 42.9 percent

Texas turnover margin: T-47 – +1
TTU turnover margin: T-123 – -5

Texas scoring offense: T-41 – 37.3 ppg
TTU scoring defense: T-55 – 22.3 ppg

Texas scoring defense: T-32 – 16.7 ppg
TTU scoring offense: T-45 – 36.7 ppg

Texas time of possession: No. 114 – 26:19
TTU time of possession: No. 90 – 28:44

Texas net punting: No. 53 – 40.55 yards per punt
TTU punt return average: No. 77 – 7.00 yards per return

Texas punt return average: No. 65 – 7.86 yards per return
TTU net punting: No. 47 – 40.93 yards per punt

Texas red zone offense: T-60 – 85.7 percent
TTU red zone defense: T-54– 80 percent

Texas red zone defense: T-77 – 85.7 percent
TTU red zone offense: T-93 – 77.8 percent

Texas QB Quinn Ewers’ top 2022 performance: ULM – 16-of-24, 225 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Texas QB Hudson Card’s top 2022 performance: UTSA – 15-of-23, 161 yards, 1 TD
TTU QB Donovan Smith’ top 2022 performance: Houston – 36-of-58, 350 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT. 31 carries, 31 yards, TD

Texas RB Bijan Robinson’s top 2022 performance: UTSA – 20 carries, 183 yards, 3 TD
TTU RB Tahj Brooks’s top 2022 performance: Houston – 17 carries, 78 yards, 1 TD. 5 receptions, 34 yards.

Texas WR Xavier Worthy’s top 2022 performance: Alabama – 5 catches, 97 yards
TTU WR Myles Price’s top 2022 performance: Houston – 4 catches, 78 yards, 1 TD

Texas K Bert Auburn: 13/13 PAT, 7/9 FG with a long of 49
TTU K Trey Wolf: 8/8 PAT, 2/3 FG with a long of 47