From the moment Seth Doege threw his first interception on Saturday, the questions started arriving on Twitter.
"Brewer time?" one tweet asked.
In two words: Absolutely not.
Look, I understand the nature of college football today, especially at the quarterback position. It's big business, and a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately attitude prevails among many fan bases. Texas Tech's is certainly no exception.
When teams are losing, it's easy to look at the quarterback. If an offense isn't moving the ball, it must be his fault, right? The position comes with a lot of perks, too. Win, and you're a hero. But lose, and the praise you enjoyed turns to criticism.
It's the nature of being a major-college quarterback.
That being said, suggesstions that Doege should be benched are premature, if not a little silly.
We're talking about a quarterback who, in his first season as a starter in 2011, threw for 4,004 yards, 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He followed that up with strong play across the board during the non-conference schedule and, after struggling in the first half against Iowa State, his poised second half helped lead Tech to a Big 12 road win.
Don't get me wrong, the stat line wasn't pretty against Oklahoma: 22 of 36 passing for 203 yards and three interceptions, no touchdowns. Each will have their opinion as to whether all three were his fault -- I, for one, believe two were -- but that's really not the point.
Doege has earned the right to have more of a leash than one rocky afternoon against a top-20 team that is likely better than its ranking would suggest. He has to play better, and he was the first one to say that this week. Given his resume, I'm inclined to believe he will respond Saturday against West Virginia.
Aside from that, a coaching staff should go with its best option at the most important position. That's still Doege for the Red Raiders. Michael Brewer has the look of a talented quarterback and the future of the position for the Red Raiders. His final drive Saturday, when he led Tech to its second touchdown of the game, showed he isn't afraid of the Big 12 stage.
But, as offensive coordinator Neal Brown pointed out after the game, Brewer's work came against Oklahoma's second unit. Performances against Texas State and New Mexico showed the redshirt freshman still has room to grow. Is the best time to do more learning against the country's No. 5 team?
It's not, but then again, clamoring for the backup is nothing new at Texas Tech. As our veteran beat writer Don Williams told me, Taylor Potts dealt with calls for backup Steven Sheffield. Kliff Kingsbury endured clamoring for B.J. Symons. Heck, during a rough stretch during his sophomore season in 2006, Graham Harrell heard rumblings for highly recruited Chris Todd.
That ended with Todd transferring -- first to a community college, then to Auburn, where he played for Tommy Tuberville -- and Harrell becoming Texas Tech's all-time leading passer.
Again, it's all the nature of the game, and it can be a good thing. With such a growing number of great quarterbacks, incumbents have no chance to rest. They have to constantly compete for their football lives, making them and their teammates better.
But make no mistake, it's still "Doege time" for Texas Tech.