Friday, December 13, 2002
No. 20 Texas 29, Texas Tech 17
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Hodges Mitchell ran for 229 yards and two touchdowns and Kris Stockton tied a school record with five field goals as No. 20 Texas beat Texas Tech 29-17 on Saturday night.
Texas (7-2, 5-1 Big 12) struggled to get the ball in the end zone in the first half, keeping the pass-happy Red Raiders (6-4, 2-4) in the game.
The Longhorns never seemed in control until Mitchell's 6-yard TD run with 2:07 left in the third quarter. Wes Welker mishandled a punt, and Mitchell needed just two runs from the 14 to put the Longhorns ahead 26-17.
Texas has won four straight games since the embarrassing 63-14 loss to top-ranked Oklahoma, which had 534 total yards, including 289 passing.
The Longhorns were much more successful against the Sooners-inspired Texas Tech offense. First-year Tech coach Mike Leach was the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma last season.
Texas Tech was ahead 17-16 when Ricky Williams scored on a 1-yard run with 10:35 to go in the third quarter. The score came two plays after linebacker John Norman intercepted Major Applewhite's pass and returned it 11 yards to the 14.
Applewhite made up for the miscue, moving the Longhorns 55 yards in 10 plays for Stockton's 36-yard field goal that put Texas ahead to stay.
But that proved to be the last action for Applewhite, who didn't return after injuring his right knee on that last drive. It was not apparent when Applewhite got hurt, and the extent of the injury wasn't known.