Texas Tech D Ready For Next Test

Texas Tech's offense needed a half to settle into its routine. But its young defense did just fine after the first few drives as it gets ready for the next test against lowly New Mexico.

LUBBOCK — It's always tough to judge a team after the first game of the season.

For many reasons, Texas Tech just did not look like the team that was said to be firing on all cylinders offensively during practices and ready to take on lil' ole Texas State, no likely building up that six-touchdown spread as the weeks wore before week one.

But then appeared the well-oiled machine fans thought they might see from start to finish. It just took one half to get there.

Now the Red Raiders (1-0) have a week of rest under their belt and will travel to Albuquerque for the second consecutive year to take on New Mexico (0-2) at 2:30 p.m. CDT Saturday.

Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville and other Tech assistant coaches were probably not too happy about getting their off week in just the second week of the season when the schedules were released months ago. But maybe the quick bye week was just what the Red Raiders needed before heading on the road for the first time.

Then again, it can be hard to switch from camp to live game to almost another week of camp.

"Our players are glad it's over with," Tuberville said on Monday. "We had a scrimmage and three very physical practices. We had a lot to work on and after the first game, I think we all recognized that."

Aside from misfiring on offense the first couple of series, it was the Tech defense that was on the field for too long during the first two drives by the Bobcats. But credit Chad Glasgow and his young defense with keeping Texas State and its option attack contained after the 10-0 deficit – especially when you consider the circumstances of preparing against a team that was basically unpredictable when they came on the field.

Texas State ran 20 plays for 86 yards and put up 10 points in the first two drives while chewing nearly the entire clock in the first quarter. Then once the Red Raiders defense started to contain the option, the Bobcats only had 51 plays for 201 yards over the final 11 drives resulting in no points, four turnovers and a safety . That's an average of just 4.6 plays and 18.2 yards per drive. They were held to 13 yards or less on six of the 11 drives.

Not too bad for a defensive group that went without secondary leader Cody Davis and fall standout Leon Mackey the majority of the game while also trying to help the younger players continue to learn the pace of play and fundamentals.

We've got guys like Delvon Simmons that's only been with us for six or seven weeks and he's learning how to play this game," Tuberville said. "Then you take a guy like a senior like Langley who had been around for a while, playing a few different techniques in this defense that we're playing, and he's just now really understanding through spring practice and two-a-days what we're really asking him to do.

"We've got to play better. We've got to get better each week. Again, this would be, I think, a game where we'll find out a lot about our football team, even more than we found out last week."

WORTH NOTING

Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege joined former Tech quarterbacks Cody Hodges and Sonny Cumbie as the only signal-callers in the last 11 years to not throw an interception in their first full game. Doege is the only non-senior to do it. The West Texas native finished the game 23 of 33 for 326 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Texas State. Hodges completed 29 of 37 passes for 454 yards and four TDs against Florida International in 2005. Cumbie completed 40 of 66 passes for 470 yards and four TDs in an opening season win at SMU in 2004.


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