Stevens: New Mexico Lobos Rolled 49-14 at Texas Tech
Sept. 15, 2012
Texas Tech Red Raiders 49, New Mexico Lobos 14
Up Next: New Mexico at New Mexico State
When/Where: 6 p.m., Saturday - Las Cruces - Aggie Memorial Stadium
By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
In his search for positive strides, you could say that Lobo Coach Bob Davie found a few Saturday night in the 49-14 score that heavily leaned toward Texas Tech Red Raiders and away from Lobos.
The Lobos also got another 98-yard kickoff return by Chase Clayton. This long jaunt moved the scoreboard to 28-14 in Tech's favor with only 2:08 to play in the first half.
However, the Lobos really had no defensive answer for Tech quarterback Seth Doege, who threw for five touchdowns in the first half - two in the final 34 seconds - to pace Tech to a 42-14 first-half score. Tech stunned the Lobos with 455 yards of offense in the half with Doege tossing for 302 yards.
The Lobos ended the half with 88 yards - 79 on that single drive.
The Red Raiders opened the third quarter with Doege and got the senior a career-best sixth TD pass to put Tech up 49-14 with 12:35 left in that frame. The Raiders then kept Doege on the bench for the rest of the game. Tech did not score again.
The Tech senior finished with 340 passing yards going 27-of-35 with his six scores. He tossed three touchdowns to Eric Ward and two to Jace Amaro.
The playing field for the Lobos will level a bit Saturday at Las Cruces when the Lobos visit the New Mexico State Aggies trying to snap the Aggies' three-game win streak over UNM. UNM has lost 24 consecutive road games - the nation's longest road skid.
The playing field was not level in Lubbock against a pass-happy Tech team that won its 14th game against UNM in the past 15 meetings. Tech amassed 702 total yards to 127 for New Mexico. Tech had 38 first downs to eight for the Lobos and ran 90 plays to 47 for UNM.
The loss dropped UNM to 1-2 on the season while Tech is 3-0. The Lobos had only 84 yards on the ground on 35 attempts for a 2.4 average per carry. Tech ended with 325 yards on the ground and 377 through the air. The Raiders ran the ball 45 times and passed the ball 45 times. UNM had no player with more than 45 yards on offense.
First Half - Texas Tech 42, New Mexico 14
In the first half, the Lobos found a way to stop Seth Doege and the Texas Tech offense: force and recover a fumble. Unfortunately, the Lobos only did that one time in the first 30 minutes and the other six Tech possessions ended with Red Raiders celebrating in the end zone.
The Lobos hung around at 14-7 and 28-14 before Tech exploded to take its 42-14 lead into the locker room. Tech had an amazing 455 yards of offense in the first half.
Doege had 302 yards passing with five touchdowns through the air. Doege broke the Lobos' backs by tossing for two touchdowns in the final 34 seconds of the half.
It wasn't a good start for the Lobos. They had two illegal formation flags declined on their first possession and had to punt on a fourth-and-11. Ben Skaer hit a 34-yard punt that set up the Red Raiders on their 43-yard line. Tech survived a third-and-eight on that drive and Doege ended it with a 20-yard scoring pass to Eric Ward at the 11:05 mark.
UNM went three-and-out on its next possession. Skaer boomed a 58-yard punt but Tech again marched - 75 yards in nine plays. The Lobos had the Raiders in a third-and-10, but Doege completed an 11-yard pass to Jace Amaro to keep the drive moving. Eric Stephens ended it for Tech with a 21-yard TD burst.
The Lobos then threw out a nice drive that began in the first quarter at the UNM 21-yard line and ended 79 yards later in the second quarter with Demarcus Rogers scoring from two yards out. The Lobos were down 14-7 at the 13:41 mark of the second quarter.
The drive was fueled by UNM's ground game and took 17 plays over 7:41. UNM completed only two passes on that march. A big play on the drive was a fourth-and-one at the Tech 47 that UNM's SaQwan Edwards converted with a two-yard run.
The Lobos proved they could move the ball. But could they stop Doege and Tech? The Lobos found a way to stop Tech. UNM forced a fumble recovered by Devonta Tabannah after a 31-yard run by Tech's Kenny Williams. However, UNM went three-and-out and Tech's offense again had its hands on the ball.
Doege took advantage of it. The Red Raiders took over on their 37 and again marched. Doege ended the drive by floating a pass over the UNM secondary on a third-and-18 at the UNM 39. Tech's Eric Ward welcomed in the ball for the score at the 7:57 mark. Tech 21-7.
The first three Red Raider touchdowns were all at least 20 yards in length.
The Lobos took over on their 19-yard line, but again the Lobos could not duplicate their scoring drive. UNM went three-and-out with Skaer helping out the situation by booming a 65-yard punt. Tech took over at its 10-yard line.
The Raiders threw out a nice march that Doege ended with a 7-yard TD pass to Eric Ward. UNM's Chase Clayton took some of the sting out of that Tech score by taking the ensuing kickoff 98 yards into the Tech end zone.
The Raiders got the ball back with 2:06 to play and looking at 89 yards between them and the UNM end zone. It took Doege only 1:32 to toss his fourth touchdown of the game. This one went nine yards to Jace Amaro, who leaped over a Lobo to pull down the ball.
The Red Raiders likely were looking to run out the clock and keep the ball away from UNM's Clayton on the kickoff. They floated a high and short kick that UNM never touched. However, the Raiders did touch and recover the ball on the UNM 23-yard line. Tech had the ball with 34 seconds to work with.
That was enough for Doege to again violate the UNM end zone through the air. He hit Darrin Moore from 11 yards out with five ticks to play to help push Tech to its 42-14 halftime lead. Doege had five TD passes vs. UNM a year ago. He had five in the first half on Saturday.