Texas Tech (3-0) simply destroyed New Mexico (1-2) 49-14. This game was a physical mismatch, from the beginning. Quarterback Seth Doege threw for six touchdowns, despite being taken out after the first drive of the second half. The defense also looked bigger and faster than the New Mexico offense.
The Red Raider offense could do whatever they wanted. Texas Tech could run and pass at will. Texas Tech’s offensive line was the most dominant unit on the field. Seth Doege had a huge night, due in no small part, to the offensive line preventing New Mexico from being able mount anything resembling an effective pass rush. The Red Raider offensive line also opened up plenty of holes in the running game.
The Texas Tech defense only allowed a second quarter touchdown to the Lobos. Even the second team defense looked dominant and really flew around. The New Mexico offense simply could not match up athletically with Tech’s defensive players. Much like the offensive line, the Red Raider defense dominated the line of scrimmage.
The only potential trouble spot in this game was on special teams. Texas Tech missed a field goal, although it was the first missed field goal of the season. That was not nearly as troubling as Texas Tech giving up a kick-off return for a touchdown. That touchdown return, in the second quarter, almost let New Mexico back into the game as it made the score 28-14. The lapse in special teams did not hurt Tech against New Mexico but could be fatal if it happens against any of the better teams in the Big 12.
It should also be noted that Tech did make a good play of their own on special teams late in the first half. New Mexico failed to field a kick-off and Texas Tech alertly jumped on the live ball. A few plays later, Seth Doege made the Lobos pay for that mistake with the fifth of his six touchdown passes.
Overall, it was a good win for Texas Tech. While they did beat a bad team and they should have beaten New Mexico handily, there have been a number of teams that have not taken care of business. There are upsets weekly of supposed powerhouses like Arkansas and Wisconsin. That has not happened to Texas Tech. They have taken care of their business in the non-conference schedule. Now, Texas Tech has two weeks to get ready for the competition level to improve as they head into their match-up with Iowa State and the start of conference play.