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Thursday, September 16, 2010
Gilbert key for Texas against Texas Tech


The last time the sixth ranked Texas Longhorns traveled to Lubbock, TX (2008), the Texas Tech Red Raiders handed them a 39-33 loss, which cost the Longhorns their No. 1 ranking and ultimately cost them the Big 12 South title and a shot at the BCS championship. In fact, Texas Tech has upset a top-10 Texas team twice in the Longhorns' previous four visits. The 2008 Longhorns were ranked No. 1, and the 2002 teams was ranked No. 4.

Saturday night (8 ET on ABC/ESPN2), Texas QB Garrett Gilbert will make his first true road start of his collegiate career. Despite the Longhorns holding a 9-3 advantage over Texas Tech under Mack Brown, the Longhorns are only 3-3 in Lubbock, and one of their wins was by four points.

NEXT-LEVEL: Gilbert has been very effective against added pressure from defenses. Against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the BCS Championship game last season, Gilbert was able to handle pressure, but struggled when the Crimson Tide dropped into coverage. Gilbert has beaten blitzes this season as well, completing seven passes in 10 attempts against added pressure from the Rice Owls and Wyoming Cowboys.


NEXT-LEVEL: Gilbert struggled against Alabama in the National Championship game with his downfield throws, completing just two of 13 attempts thrown at least 15 yards downfield. And thus far in 2010, it doesn't appear that Gilbert has improved in this area.