Stevens: Davie Expects Texas To Work On Passing Game Vs. Lobos
When/Where: 6 p.m. (MT), Saturday -- Austin Texas
Radio: 770 KKOB-AM, Lobo Radio Network; pregame at 3 p.m. (MT)
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By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
To simplify how coaches review opponents on game film, you could say they look at what the enemy does well and they look at what the other guy does poorly.
They try to stop the good stuff. They try to exploit the weak stuff.
Lobo Coach Bob Davie said he expects the No. 15 ranked Texas Longhorns might work on their passing game against the Lobos.
"They watched us play," Davie said at his weekly press luncheon held in the Tow Diehm Center on Tuesday. "We gave up a couple of big passes. They're probably licking their chops.
"They are saying, `We can run it, too,' but I expect them to throw the ball down the field on us. It's no secret."
It's no secret that the Lobos are young in the secondary and a bit shorthanded. New Mexico gave up 242 yards passing in Saturday's 66-21 roll of Southern University. The Jaguars completed 20-of-34 passes and only ran for 83 yards.
The Lobos were tougher against the run, but the Jags also were minus their top two running backs and leaned to the aerial game, which might be their strength in 2012.
If you dig deeper into what happened in Texas' 37-17 win over Wyoming, there might be another reason the Longhorns might work on their aerial game vs. the Lobos. The Longhorns' running game looks pretty sharp.
Texas dominated the Cowboys after the second quarter by handing the ball to Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown, who ran for 225 of Texas' 280 yards rushing. Bergeron had 110 yards on 15 carries for a gaudy 7.3 average and Brown was just as impressive with 105 yards on 14 carries for a fat 7.5 yards per carry.
You go by those stats and you give the ball to Brown and to Bergeron and it's a 14.8 yard gain and a first down.
The Longhorns were in a similar situation as the Lobos this past Saturday - not really needing to pass. The Lobos rolled out 347 yards on the ground and only put the ball into the air ten times.
The Longhorns did air it out a bit more - 20-for-28 for 156 yards passing - but the Texas run game helped set up that Longhorn aerial attack.
Davie says he expects Texas to run because the `Horns do it well and that helps set up the vertical stuff Davie thinks Texas will throw at the young UNM defensive backs.
Davie also knows that Texas probably needs a balanced attack when the Longhorns get into the meat of their schedule.
"They are going to work on things against New Mexico that gives them a chance to beat Oklahoma and beat the other teams coming on their schedule," said Davie.
For sure, the Longhorns liked their running attack against Wyoming. They might throw the ball more than 28 times against the Lobos, but 28 attempts isn't exactly a conservative number when you average 6.0 yards per rush. With that ground number, why not run it?
If you are wondering what the Longhorns' defense is planning for the Lobos, the obvious stat from the Southern game is how effective the Lobos were on the ground. Bob DeBesse's "Pistol" offense was impressive on the ground behind an option that Southern was not ready to handle.
Texas has seen that option on film and most likely will be ready - with talent bigger, faster and better than what Southern threw at the Lobos. Texas held Wyoming to 69 yards rushing. Wyoming beat UNM 31-10 in 2011.
If the Longhorns stack the line of scrimmage, the Lobos might be doing the exact same thing that Davie expects the `Horns to do.
Throw the ball down the field.
"We have a pretty broad package," said Davie. "We have a lot of different ways to come at `ya."
Game Notes: Texas is No. 2 on the all-time victory list behind Michigan. ... Texas Coach Mack Brown has a .785 winning percentage at Texas. ... UNM is 1-0 for the first time since 2005. ... The Lobos scored on offense, defense and special teams against Southern. The last time a UNM team scored in all three phases was in 2002 vs. UNLV. ... The Lobos have played Texas twice, losing 47-0 in 1948 and 47-0 in 1988. ... The Longhorns drew 101,142 in their win over Wyoming in Austin. ... The Lobos have 19 players on their roster from Texas. The Longhorns have no New Mexico players.