23 Nov

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Habe on the ‘Horns: Texas plans to control ball, clock against Tech … but how?

For the Longhorns to become bowl-eligible, they have to win both of their two remaining regular-season games, starting with Thursday's home game against Texas Tech (photo courtesy of texastech.com).

For the Longhorns to become bowl-eligible, they have to win both of their two remaining regular-season games, starting with Thursday's home game against Texas Tech (photo courtesy of texastech.com).

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

AUSTIN — The key to a Texas win this Thursday against Texas Tech’s offensive juggernaut is to run the ball and control the clock to keep the Red Raiders’ attack off the field.

After all, Tech’s defense is next-to-last in the Big 12 and 122nd in rushing defense out of the 127 FBS teams ranked, allowing 259.9 yards per game through its first 11 contests, so the Red Raiders are there for the taking, right?

There’s one problem in the Longhorns’ plan, however,

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .