Entering each season coaches have their expectations of
where they want their team to be at after nonconference play.
So far Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville sees his squad
ahead of where he expected them to be at this point, three weeks into the 2012
“No it couldn’t have been much better,” he said. “We played
well in a lot of areas. If you look at the offense, we’ve only punted two times
in three games. We played good in the red zone, we played well in short yardage
situations, we’ve been able to run the ball on offense, we
haven’t turned the ball over that much. Defensively we’ve tackled well, we’ve played well on third downs.
“We’ve played a lot players and you can just see us getting
better and better on defensive.”
The Red Raiders put all of that on display on Saturday night
at Jones AT&T Stadium as Tech (3-0) rolled against New Mexico (1-2) beating
up on the Lobos 49-14.
Tech went for 702 yards of total offense, which marked the
first time since 2009 the Red Raiders have eclipsed the 700-yard mark.
“They wore us out,” New Mexico head coach Bob Davie said.
“You know it was like I said. When you can play man-to-man coverage, you can
out number them a little bit in the box. But when you have to spread out and
play kind of an umbrella coverage, you play right into their hands …
“So there is not question the had us, and we knew it was
coming. I mean, I knew it was coming.”
The Red Raiders had 377 yards through the air and 325 on the
ground, with Tech senior quarterback Seth Doege leading the way going 25-for-34
for 340 yards and six touchdowns, setting a new career-high.
To have that kind of balanced attack is nice, Doege said and
it will give them something to break down heading into the bye week.
“That was a lot of fun,” he said. “I think it’s a tribute to
the entire offense. I think the offensive line did a really good job
protecting. The receivers ran really good routes and made plays on the ball. So
overall we executed very well, I thought.”
For the third-straight game the ball was spread evenly
between the receivers with 13 different players catching the ball, Eric Ward
leading the way with five catches for 90 yards and three trips to the end zone.
Ward returned to the field for the first time since the
season opener against Northwestern State, after sitting out the game against
After the game Ward said the post was the hardest touchdown
for him on the night, but he wasn’t doing anything special – just his
“I was running my route,” he said. “Like Coach (Neal) Brown
tells us, just run your route as hard as you can and expect the ball. I was
doing what I was supposed to.”
Now Tech turns its attention to the bye week and then
preparing for not only its first Big 12 Conference game of the season, but also
first conference game on the road as well.
The Red Raiders travel to Ames, Iowa on September 29 to take
on the Cyclones, whom Tech has not beaten in the Tuberville era, but Doege said
this is what they have been waiting for all summer and season.
“It’s not even Iowa State, it’s the fact that we’re going
into Big 12 Conference play,” he said. “I think the guys are very motivated.
We’ve been talking about (this) all through the spring and summer and now fall
that our main goal is to win a Big 12 Championship.
“The season starts two weeks from now, so it’s definitely
something that we need to get prepared for.”