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Doege's career night paces Tech in rout of New Mexico

Senior quarterback throws a career-high six touchdown passes, five in the first half, as the Red Raiders roll the Lobos, 49-14

Posted: September 15, 2012 - 9:13pm  |  Updated: September 16, 2012 - 12:39am
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Texas Tech's Seth Doege looks for a target against New Mexico during their game on Saturday in Lubbock. (Stephen Spillman)
Texas Tech's Seth Doege looks for a target against New Mexico during their game on Saturday in Lubbock. (Stephen Spillman)
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Seth Doege is doing his part in Texas Tech’s plan to get backup quarterback Michael Brewer some playing time early this season.

After all, what’s left for the starter to do after he passes for 302 yards and five touchdowns — in the first half?

That’s what Doege did Saturday against New Mexico at Jones AT&T Stadium, part of the all-out clinic of offensive football the Red Raiders displayed in a 49-14 win.

The senior quarterback added a career-best sixth touchdown pass on the first drive of the second half before ending his night and giving way to the redshirt freshman Brewer.

"He's a tremendous leader," Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said of Doege. "Players respect him, and that's the main thing."

Doege exited having completed 27 of 35 passes for 340 yards. Add that to an eye-popping 325 yards rushing, and Tech's offense was virtually unstoppable in front of a crowd of 58,955, the fourth largest in Tech history.

"We pretty much dominated on both sides of the ball," Tuberville said.

The first three of Doege’s scoring tosses went to split end Eric Ward, who missed Tech’s game against Texas State last week after suffering a concussion.

"It's like coach (Neal) Brown says, just run your route as hard as you can and expect the ball," Ward said. "When your quarterback is doing good, it's easy for everyone else to follow his lead."

Doege also threw a pair of touchdowns to tight end Jace Amaro and another one to Darrin Moore with just five seconds left in the first half.

The Red Raiders had a 42-14 lead at halftime, and by that time already had racked up 25 first downs. They finished with 38. 

Tech scored touchdowns on six of its seven first-half drives — Eric Stephens had a 21-yard rushing touchdown to go along with Doege’s scores — and likely would have been perfect if not for a Kenny Williams fumble deep in New Mexico territory in the second quarter.

With the win, the Red Raiders wrapped up a 3-0 record during non-conference play that was every bit as dominating as the 149-30 scoring advantage in those games would suggest. The real test, of course, begins in two weeks, when Tech opens up Big 12 Conference play at undefeated Iowa State.

For at least another day, though, Tech can revel in another lopsided victory that featured no shortage of contributors behind Doege.

Outside of one drive in which New Mexico (1-2) marched 79 yards in 17 plays for its only offensive touchdown of the game, Tech’s defense turned in its third solid performance in as many weeks. The Red Raiders surrendered only 127 total yards, most of that coming on one drive. Tech yielded only 2.7 yards per play.

"I thought our guys did a good job of making game-time adjustments," defensive coordinator Art Kaufman said. "I was pleased with the way we hustled."

New Mexico’s only other score came on Chase Clayton’s 98-yard kickoff return late in the second quarter.

While Doege’s arm stole the show on offense, Tech benefitted once again from a strong rushing attack, which averaged 7.2 yards per carry. The offensive line was stellar, often giving Tech running backs Mack Truck-sized holes to power through.

Senior Eric Stephens took advantage, rushing for 118 yards on just 12 carries. He became the seventh player in Tech history to accumulate 4,000 career all-purpose yards.

"You rush for 300 yards and throw for 400," Tuberville said, "that's pretty good."

 

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New Mexico and Doege

The only plays New Mexico had trouble with on defense were the run and the pass.

Doege passed a few folks on Tech's all-time passing list. Does this mean he passed the immortal John Scovell?

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Things looking better

We have beaten these same, or mainly the same type of teams last year, by basically the same score. The main difference is that the defense doesn't look as suspect as it did last year. Yes, they have been playing inferior competition, but the defense has held them to a lot less yards and is tackling a lot better! The Big XII teams are all playing, for the most part, the same type of competition and Tech has had a better defense. I haven't looked exactly where we rank, but I bet its near the top. We need to shore up the penalties because we can't afford dumb penalties rest of the way.....I don't know about you guys but TCU, Baylor, Kansas St, Oklahoma St, don't look that unbeatable for us.....and to some degree OU and TU. As long as we keep improving on defense, play smart and stay healthy! One note I wished they would have left Seth in for a couple more series. I don't want to run up the score, but I think he deserves more recognition. Pulling him so early keeps his stats only above average for Big XII QB's. I'm sure he'll get his chance to shine the rest of the way, but I just wanted him to get some more props. He has been playing great!...save a couple of plays. Oh, and we had two 100 yd rushers! Can't wait for conference play and see how much of this carries over!!! Go Tech!!

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I Thought Tuberville Coached a Perfect Game

Got Doege out early. Kept taking more guys out.

And held down the score on the good guy Bob Davie.

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Davie is a good guy

I'm saying we should run up the score on a good guy, but I personally just wanted him to run another series or two. Maybe, that's wrong, but there was still over 12 minutes left in the 3rd qtr. I don't think one more series would have been unsportsman-like. It's not a matter of contention just a preference. I just wanted Doege to pad his stats a little. Coach Davie is a good guy, nothing personal.

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@Al

Wasn't shooting at you. Tubs could have left Doege in for a full three quarters. I agree with all you have said. I think we've played better this year aganst the weak part of our sked than any I can remember.

I think we'll win the road game at Ames.

It is beyond important.

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@ facts

Make it stop!! You are making alot of sense here lately and are about to win me over thinking you are on the texas tech side.

Great dominating win yesterday. Exactly what we needed. This game in ames is going to be huge against an underrated team...similiar to tech. The off week should help. Go Tech!

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factsrfacts

I can't believe what my eyes have seen. What's the weather like in hell today? Facts hasn't trashed anything or anyone (almost)! Well done man. Tech has shown great improvement but we have a stretch of tuff tuff opponents coming up. I'm cautiously optimistic.

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@ You Guys

Guys, this group has a chance to save us all, beginning with, of course, some folks with plenty of pull who have not made me very happy.

I'm not going to nay say a coach and team that's playing as well as it can play. I am observing a lot of talent, much of which is emerging and some of which has gotten well.

Of course, Doege with the stronger arm is as good as we've had.

Gotta win that games in Ames--and I think Tech will be rightfully favored on the road.

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You Gotta Laugh.....

I could post "Roses are Red" and get down votes.

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@ Facts

I've never been critical of your criticism, if that makes sense. I think you have been overly critical at times, but you have had some reason for it and have made some reasonable points. It just felt like you have hung on to the past too much and had taken the whole Leach fiasco a little personal. I think for the most part you have been fairly objective, and I have seen you post positive comments before. There just hadn't been a lot for you to be positive about lately. Ames should be a win as long as they stay focused and don't get over confident. Part of me wants to say it might be a blow out. Iowa St. hasn't really been that great offensively. Sure they beat Iowa, but Iowa barely beat, Northern Illinois by one point. I think they have a couple of great linebackers but their DB's haven't really been tested. I prefer we blow them out and get a little pay back, but as long as we win I don't care at this point. A blow out by Tech wouldn't surprise me though. Go Tech!!

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Tech This

You are right Al. In the past when Tech would play easy first 3 game schedule which was every year, teams would have around 200 yd. on the ground on tech. All of them. UT played New Mexico and I did hear all this crap about them beating a easy team. I just hear they are UT and this and that. Maybe Tech may not do any thing this year. I sure hope the players are seeing what the fans are saying about them and take it to heart.

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@ddbro48

New Mexico had 200 yards rushing against the mighty Texas defense. We gave up 84. This team may just be last years OSU. We will see how the next game goes.

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Good point Nashville

Good point Nashville. Tech being last years okie lite could be happening before our eyes. Thank god for Art Kaufman aka wade Phillips

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Geez

What a tool.

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