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Tommy Tuberville Likes the Direction Texas Tech Football is Headed Before the New Mexico Game

Rob Snyder, 1340TheFan.com

Texas Tech Red Raider Football is now (2-0) and they play their final non-conference game of the season Saturday night against New Mexico (1-1).

Head coach Tommy Tuberville was pleased with the team’s 58-10 win over Texas State last week, “I thought we made a lot of strides in some areas, especially offensive line.  Our two red shirt freshmen guards really played well.  Made a couple of mental mistakes, but it was good to get them on the road and let them understand what they’re getting into when they travel.

“I thought the entire offense really focused well.  We caught the ball well.  We threw it well.  We had good balance.  We went into the game going to open it up.  Tried to make them loosen up on the defensive side of the ball when we caught some deep balls.  We forced some pass interferences which we’ll hope to get.  It’s all about technique, running routes, pass interference.”

He also liked the defense’s performance against Texas State’s option offense, something the Red Raiders will see again against New Mexico, “We came down to reality knowing we had to stop the option and we had to adjust and switch gears and play a better throw being quarterback, more of a wide open offense.  I thought we adjusted well.  We made plays.  We didn’t get off the field as much as we wanted to or as quickly as we wanted to in the second quarter, but the adjustments were very good with Art Kaufman and John Lovett at halftime in terms of how we adjusted our pass defense to get us off the field.”

Players of the Week were: Defensive Scout Team- Brandon Bagley, Offensive Scout Team- Kennon Ward (option quarterback), Special Teams- Ryan Bustin, Offensive Player- Seth Doege and Defensive Player- Cody Davis.

Rob Snyder, 1340TheFan.com

Meanwhile, quarterback Seth Doege talked about this week’s opponent, the New Mexico Lobos, “The biggest thing that jumps out to me is how hard they play.  They play a lot harder this year.  They have a new coach, and I think he’s got them playing a lot harder.  I know their defensive lines are going to be our biggest test so far in the games we’ve played.”

Cody Davis was asked if the Tech defense will have an advantage this week going up against an option offense two weeks in a row, “Yeah, these first come weeks have all been bigger personnel and running type offenses.  So there is some familiarity there.  We’re kind of getting used to how we play those type offenses.”

Davis also discussed the importance of forcing New Mexico’s offense off the field, “It is critical.  With running teams, they try to control the clock, that also just wears down your defense and keeps the offense cold.  You can’t get in any rhythm.  So we have to get off the field on third down and get as many three‑and‑outs as we can.”

Texas Tech vs New Mexico is Saturday, 6p at Jones AT&T Stadium. The FAN’s coverage gets underway at 3p with Countdown to Kickoff and wraps up after the game with FAN Feedback from The Roof, across the street from Jones AT&T Stadium.

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