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Texas Tech Overwhelms Texas State 58-10 in San Marcos

Texas Tech‘s (2-0) defense set the tone for the second straight game as the Red Raiders overwhelmed the Texas State Bobcats (1-1) 58-10 Saturday night in San Marcos.

Texas Tech Safety Cody Davis intercepted a Shaun Rutherford pass after a Javon Bell fumble at midfield and returned it 88 yards for a Touchdown to give Tech the early lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Texas State muffed the kickoff and the Red Raiders recovered at the Bobcat 40.

Three plays later, Texas Tech scored on a 23-yard pass from Seth Doege to Darrin Moore to put the Red Raiders up 14-0 in the span of 51 seconds. The game was the first home game for Texas State as a member in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and the debut of newly renovated Bobcat Stadium. 33,000 were on hand for the game with many of the fans being Red Raiders.

The Red Raider defense a season ago gave up 256 yards rushing to Texas State’s triple option offense. This game they shut down the Bobcats with only 129 yards rushing and forcing Texas State to abandon option quarterback Rutherford for Tyler Arndt to try to pass their way back in the game. Arndt led the Bobcats on a scoring drive to amke the score 28-7 on his first drive, but it was not enough.

The Texas Tech offense were firing on nearly all cylinders the entire game as quarterback Seth Doege threw for 5 touchdowns, 2 to Darrin Moore, en route to 25 of 32 passing for 319 yards with no interceptions. Eric Stephens paced the rushing attack in the first half for Tech rushing 6 times for 61 yards.

Texas Tech rolled up 591 yards of total offense while holding the Bobcats to just 270 yards of offense. Texas Tech’s defense is now 4th in the country giving up 177 yards per game after week 2.

The Red Raiders will face the New Mexico Lobos next Saturday in Lubbock at 6pm. New Mexico fell to Texas 45-0 in Austin.

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