After the way Texas tailback Jamaal Charles ran over them, Texas Tech had to feel very fortunate to only be down, 28-20, at the half. Charles rushed for 165 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown in the opening half. But the Red Raiders were undaunted, thanks in large part to quarterback Graham Harrell, who was on a tear in the first half. At one point, Harrell completed 20 of his first 21 passes, including his first 12 attempts. He finished the first half with 24 completions in 30 attempts for 240 yards and two touchdowns. While the UT defense focused on wide receiver Michael Crabtree, other Red Raider receivers such as Danny Amendola, Eric Morris and Edward Britton found creases in the Longhorns' defense. Amendola caught six passes for 63 yards, Morris had six receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown, and Britton caught five passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. Crabtree ended the half with three receptions for 48 yards.
If Tech's rush defense makes an appearance in the second half, the Red Raiders may be able to get out of Austin with a win.
-- Dwain Price