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UT beats Texas Tech in Lubbock 31-22

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LUBBOCK, Texas - Quarterback David Ash threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns, and running back Johnathan Grayadded 106 yards on the ground, as No. 22 Texas (7-2, 4-2 Big 12) posted a 31-22 victory over No. 20 Texas Tech (6-3, 3- 3 Big 12) Saturday afternoon before a sellout crowd at Jones AT&T Stadium.

Texas forced a Texas Tech three-and-out on the game's opening drive before marching 71 yards for a touchdown on its first drive. Ash found a wide open Jaxon Shipley from six yards out to stake Texas to a 7-0 lead. The Red Raiders evened the tally at seven on their next drive when Kenny Williams plunged into the end zone from one yard out.

Texas needed less than three minutes on the game clock to regain the lead. A 54- yard connection from Ash to wide receiver Mike Davisset up first and goal from the Texas Tech two-yard line. Running back Bergeron found paydirt on the next play to give the Horns a 14-7 lead.

Texas Tech cut the Texas lead to 14-10 behind a 29-yard field goal from Ryan Bustin, but the Longhorns immediately responded and stretched their lead to 21-10. Texas took the ensuing kickoff to its 25-yard line, and on the next play, Ash found Davis for a 75-yard touchdown, which marked Ash's longest touchdown pass as a Longhorn.

The two teams exchanged field goals to end the half. Bustin connected from 41 yards with 5:03 left in the half to cut the Texas lead to 21-13. UT's Anthony Ferapushed the Texas lead to 24-13 with a 42-yard field goal with just over a minute left in the half.

Bustin added a 33-yard field goal with 6:39 left in the third quarter to trim the Texas lead to 24-16. The Red Raiders drew within 24-22 when quarterback Seth Doege found Eric Stephens for a 10-yard touchdown. UT cornerback Carrington Byndombroke up a Doege pass on the ensuing two-point conversion attempt to maintain the lead for Texas.

The Longhorns stretched their lead to 31-22 six minutes inside the fourth quarter when Ash connected with Davis for another touchdown, this one from 25 yards. Tech attempted a 23-yard field goal with just over five minutes left in the game, but Byndom raced around the left end and deflected the attempt with his left hand to keep the Texas lead, and ultimately the final margin, at 31-22.

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