Texas Tech and BYU will meet for just the second time ever tonight at 6 p.m. CST. Interestingly, it will mark the first time the Red Raiders have ever played a football game in the state of Utah.
Tech was able to beat the Cougars 21-20 in Lubbock way back in 1940. Since then, the programs have been in different orbits.
The Cougars are in year eight of the Kilani Sitake era. Including their 4-2 record this year, they are 60-36 under their current head coach who is an alum and former player.
Life in the Big 12 hasn’t been easy for the Cougars, though. Just 1-2 in conference play, they are yet to beat a conference team that is not one of the three other newcomers to the league. They have fallen to Kansas and TCU on the road while managing to pick up a 35-27 win at home over Cincinnati.
Meanwhile, Tech is just 3-4 overall and 2-2 in Big 12 play. Still, the ESPN.com matchup predictor gives the Red Raiders a 67.4% chance to come out on top in this contest. So let’s take a look at everything you need to know to get ready for tonight’s matchup.
Texas Tech vs. BYU broadcast info
TV: FOX SPORTS 1
Play-by-Play: Alex Faust
Analyst: Petros Papadakis
Producer: Brad Weimer
RADIO: TEXAS TECH SPORTS NETWORK
Play-by-Play: Brian Jensen
Analyst: John Harris
Sideline Reporter: Chris Level
SiriusXM: Channel 135 or 199
Mobile App: Varsity Network (Texas Tech)
- The 83-year gap between games with Texas Tech and BYU is the third-longest between meetings of teams facing each other on the 2023 football slate. Nevada and USC previously met on Sept. 2 after 94 years since their last matchup. Louisiana Tech and Jacksonville State, meanwhile, close the regular season against each other on Nov. 18 in what will be their first meeting since 1939 (84 years)
- In its history, Texas Tech has faced three other schools from the state of Utah with previous contests against Utah (2-0), Utah State (2-0), and Weber State (1-0). It will be the first time Texas Tech has faced a school from the state of Utah since the Red Raiders trounced Weber State, 64-21, in 2010
- The trip to Provo will be special for Austin McNamara’s family as his parents, Brian and Mindy McNamara, are both BYU graduates. Brian McNamara previously played collegiate golf at Long Beach State before earning degrees from the University of Texas and BYU.
- The BYU game will also be a family affair for Texas Tech outside linebackers coach C.J. Ah You as he is the uncle to BYU linebacker Chaz Ah You and the brother to BYU Assistant Athletics Director for Football Academics Jasen Ah You (Chaz’ father). His father, Charles Ah You, also played running back at BYU as did his brother, Matt Ah You.
- BYU junior wide receiver Keanu Hill is the son of Texas Tech great Lloyd Hill, who remains one of the top wide receivers in school history. Hill starred at Texas Tech from 1990-93 as he was a first-team All-American in 1992 and a two-time All-Southwest Conference honoree. Hill became the first Red Raider in program history to record 3,000 career receiving yards as his 3,059 yards through the air still rank fourth in program history.
- Texas Tech’s loss to Kansas State this past weekend dropped the Red Raiders to 47-21 in night games dating back to 2002. That record includes a 4-3 mark under Joey McGuire and a 1-2 clip this season as the Red Raiders previously split their opening two games against Oregon and Tarleton State.
All game notes courtesy of TexasTech.com.