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Game recap: Texas Tech 49, New Mexico 14


The New Mexico Lobos had no answer for Seth Doege and the Texas Tech red Radiers offense and failing to produce much from its own offense, losing 49-14 Saturday afternoon in Lubbock, Texas.

Doege ran wild against UNM, throwing for a career-best six touchdowns and 340 yards on 27-of-35 passing as TTU racked up an incredible 702 yards of total offense as New Mexico allowed the most points in the first half and most total yardage since losing at Oregon in 2010.

"I'm embarrassed by the performance," said Davie. "We were awful. Let's call it what it is – we are starting this thing over Monday. There is a shared responsibility to get this right.

"We were so bad that there is no excuse for how bad we were on defense," he concluded.

Texas Tech wasted no time, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter to race out to a 14-0 lead. The Lobos answered with a methodical17-play, 79-yard drive capped by a 2-yard run by Demarcus Rogers to cut the Red Raider lead to 14-7 with 13:41 left in the second quarter.

Things got better on the ensuing Texas Tech drive when Red Raider Kenny Williams fumbled the ball and Devon Tabannah, who was playing his first game after a 2-game NCAA suspension, recovered the ball at the UNM 20 yard line.

But the Lobos went 3-and-out on the next possession and Tech scored touchdowns on its next two possessions to make the score 28-7 with 2:06 left in the half.

New Mexico kick returner Chase Clayton gave the Lobos a brief gasp of life and hope returned the ensuing kick off 98-yards to pull UNM to 28-14.

But Tech quickly marched down the field with a 7-play, 79 yard drive that took just 1:32 to score another touchdown then recovered the ensuing looping onside-kick and scored five plays later to close the half with a commanding 42-14 lead.

Doege would add another touchdown to close scoring in the third quarter.

"Their twos (subs) were in there the most part of the second half," said Davie. "I guess it's good to be good friends with Tommy (Tech coach Tommy Tuberville) because he pulled the dogs off."

Texas Tech had 38 first downs to eight for the Lobos and ran 90 plays to 47 for UNM. The Lobos had only 84 yards on the ground on 35 attempts for a 2.4 average per carry.

The Red Raiders 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.

Senior B.R. Holbrook went 6-of-11 passing for 43 yards. True freshman Cole Gautsche had 36 yards on the ground on eight carries. Carlos Wiggins had three receptions for 33 yards.

The Tech offense was so efficient that both its running backs finished with 100-yard games. Eric Stephens had 118 yards with a 9.8 average and Kenny Williams churned for 105 yards with a 7.5 average per carry.

"We have to go home and we have to look in the mirror across the board," said Davie. "We have to start coaching better. It's that simple."

The loss dropped UNM to 1-2 on the season while Tech is 3-0.

The Lobos next travel to Las Cruces to take on in-state rivals New Mexico State, which lost to I-10 rival UTEP 41-28 in El Paso, Texas.