WHY TEXAS WON
All the parts to Texas’ game that had sparked the six-game winning streak but had gone AWOL against Oklahoma State — a power running game, a play-altering pass rush and timely plays in the passing game — were back in force. Key seniors Case McCoy, Mike Davis and Jackson Jeffcoat played big in their final game at DKR. And Joe Bergeron continues to make the most of his second chance.
WHY TEXAS TECH LOST
The Raiders weren’t able to expose Texas’ secondary — even burnable Duke Thomas had a nice night back there — and didn’t seem interested in trying to run. They couldn’t protect quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Michael Brewer, who were sacked nine times. Way too many penalties (11 for 102 yards), including key ones of the dumb variety — personal fouls, a chop block and an unnecessary roughness. Tech is now 1-10 in its last three Novembers.
THE EYES OF TEXAS …
… were on three specific Red Raiders — TE Jace Amaro, Tech’s biggest weapon who averaged 105.2 receiving yards a game; WR Eric Ward, Tech’s next-best option with 72 catches; and LB Will Smith, the Big 12’s third-leading tackler. How’d they do? Amaro finished with six catches for 83 yards and a touchdown — and that was considered an off night. Ward had eight grabs for 88 yards, with a long catch of 32 yards. Smith was busy; he led Tech with 18 tackles, one sack and four tackles for losses.
Offense: Joe Bergeron. That doghouse he was in seems way, way back in the rearview mirror. He’s running hard, protecting the ball and making plays.
Defense: Jackson Jeffcoat. Best single-game performance since Alex Okafor’s one-man terrorizing of Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl.
THIS AND THAT
Cheers: Jackson Jeffcoat (three sacks), Quandre Diggs (two tipped passes, one pass breakup in the endzone), Duke Thomas (sack, interception), Joe Bergeron (102 hard yards and 139 total yards), Josh Turner (fumble recovery), Jaxon Shipley (the punt returner, not the receiver).
Jeers: Caleb Bluiett (roughing the kicker), Marcus Johnson (two lost fumbles on runs because of poor ball-handling), the Godzillatron (fourth-quarter blackouts).
Notable: Bergeron topped 100 rushing yards for the first time this season. Shipley was held without a catch for the first time in his Longhorns career. Texas improved to 59-24-3 all-time in Thanksgiving games. Anthony Fera has now hit 15 field goals in a row, which ties Phil Dawson’s school record.
Kirk Bohls: With bowl implications and the league championship at stake, Texas turned in its second most impressive performance of the season, right on the heels of its blowout of Oklahoma.
Randy Riggs: Nice tribute by Joe Bergeron to wear the No. 32 jersey of injured fellow running back Johnathan Gray. An even nicer tribute was Bergeron rushing for a season-high 102 yards.
Mark Rosner: If I’m Joe Bergeron, I never return No. 32 to Johnathan Gray. Worked like a charm.
UP NEXT: BAYLOR
Dec. 7, 2:30 p.m., FOX
This regular-season finale may be huge, especially if OU knocks off OSU earlier in the day. It’s also the final game for venerable Floyd Casey Stadium. Either way, Baylor will be motivated.
— Richard Tijerina