Texas Tech 49, New Mexico 14
Seth Doege threw for six touchdowns and 340 yards to lead Texas
Tech past New Mexico 49-14 on Saturday night.
Doege threw touchdown passes of 20, 39, 7, 12, 11 and 14 yards
and completed 27 of 35 passes before being replaced by backup
Michael Brewer early in the third quarter.
Eric Ward caught three of Doege’s touchdown passes and Jace
Amaro got two of them as the senior quarterback made it look easy
for Texas Tech (3-0).
The Red Raiders finished with 702 total yards, 325 on the
New Mexico (1-2) struggled on offense and alternated starter
B.R. Holbrook and backup Cole Gautsche at quarterback throughout
the game. The Lobos finished with just 127 yards of offense.
The lone bright spot for New Mexico, shut out in the second
half, came when Chase Clayton returned a kickoff 98 yards for a
touchdown to pull the Lobos within 28-14.
Doege, who is in his second year as starter, became the ninth
Red Raiders quarterback to pass for 5,000 yards when he found
Bradley Marquez for an 18-yard completion in the first quarter. He
got his 500th completion, the seventh Texas Tech quarterback to do
so, when Marquez caught a 4-yard pass from him in the second
Eric Stephens lead Texas Tech’s rushers with 118 yards on 12
carries and Kenny Williams had 105 yards on 14 carries.
Texas Tech’s defense, long a weakness, showed why it was in the
top 10 nationally coming into the game. The Red Raiders contained
the pistol option the Lobos tried to use to keep Texas Tech’s
potent offense off the field.
Only once did New Mexico consume substantial time off the clock.
The Lobos had a 17-play drive that took 7:41 bridging the first and
second quarters and led to their first score when Demarcus Rogers
ran for a 2-yard TD to make it 14-7.
It was the Lobos’ first score in five quarters after they were
shut out by Texas 45-0 last week, but it showed how they hoped to
slow the Red Raiders’ offense.
Doege was sharp all night. On the drive that led to his third
touchdown pass to Ward that made it 28-7, he completed 7 of 8
passes during an 11-play drive.
Clayton muted most of the 58,955 Red Raiders fans on the next
play when he took the kickoff and went nearly untouched along the
sideline for a touchdown. It was Clayton’s second kickoff return
for a touchdown this season. He got the first one, also for 98
yards, in the season opener during a 66-21 win over Southern.
New Mexico’s offense sputtered early, crossing into Texas Tech
territory only once in the first quarter. Early in that drive
Holbrook, who started the game, went out and Gautsche came in and
together they took the Lobos down the field.
Lobos coach Bob Davie earlier this week said Holbrook was
doubtful and his injured ribs were very sore.