Doege Sets Record, Helps Texas Tech Win

Texas Tech junior quarterback Seth Doege dismantled New Mexico on Saturday while being nearly perfect to pass another Texas Tech national passing record.

Albuquerque, NM — Another day at the office is how some may describe the clinic put on by Texas Tech's starting quarterback Seth Doege in Saturday's 59-13 pounding of New Mexico

Others will look at Sept. 17 as a day that goes down in Texas Tech history as one of the best individual performances by a starting quarterback since Kliff Kingsbury wore the scarlet and black back in the early days of the Air Raid offense. 

Doege surpassed one of Kingsbury's NCAA records, completing 40 of 44 pass attempts for a completion percentage of 90.9 percent — the highest recorded single-game passing percentage in NCAA history with at least 40 completions. Kingsbury was 49-for-59 (83 percent) at No. 23 Texas A&M on October 5, 2002.

"I didn't know anything about a record until that last play they put me in, took me out," Doege said. "It's a tribute to the entire offense, there was balls that should have been probably incompletions that the receivers caught and the offensive line played really well. I don't think I got hit one time, I think it was because I missed the assignment and called the protection wrong. So those guys did a great job, and like I said it's a tribute to the entire offense." 

The completion percentage was not the only record that Doege reached in only his third start of his collegiate career. He started the game in perfect fashion. 

Doege went 15-for-15 out of the gate while throwing for 178 yards and two touchdowns, and that streak tied a school record that was set by former Red Raider gunslinger Taylor Potts who threw 15-straight completions against Baylor last season in the 45-38 victory at the Cotton Bowl. 

Doege's day was far from over, after finishing the first half 26-for-29 for 287 yards and three touchdowns, he came out in the second half and rattled off 11-straight completions which included another touchdown strike before throwing one of his only four incomplete passes on the afternoon. 

"It was a fun day for the offense, I'm proud of Seth," Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville said. "He'll be the first to tell you he had some guys make some good catches too. It was all round good, very good offensively." 

Finishing 40-for-44 for 401 yards and five touchdowns is mind boggling and has and almost video game feel to it. But being that efficient is always nice and Doege said getting in that kind of stride is always a good thing especially early in a game. 

"You grow in confidence and you feel like your in a rhythm, and everybody's moving around, everybody's relaxed, and everybody's just playing and doing their job," he said. "We need to keep improving on and keep doing throughout the season."

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