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6 TDs for Doege, Texas Tech beats New Mexico 49-14

Associated Press Modified: September 15, 2012 at 11:03 pm •  Published: September 15, 2012

Texas Tech's defense, long a weakness, showed why it was in the top 10 nationally coming into the game. The Red Raiders contained the pistol option the Lobos tried to use to keep Texas Tech's potent offense off the field.

Only once did New Mexico consume substantial time off the clock. The Lobos had a 17-play drive that took 7:41 bridging the first and second quarters and led to their first score when Demarcus Rogers ran for a 2-yard TD to make it 14-7.

"They changed up some schemes and we tried to make adjustments after that drive," Texas Tech defensive coordinator Art Kaufman said. "I thought our guys did a good job making game-time adjustments."

It was the Lobos' first score in five quarters after they were shut out by Texas 45-0 last week, but it showed how they hoped to slow the Red Raiders' offense.

Doege was sharp all night. On the drive that led to his third touchdown pass to Ward that made it 28-7, he completed 7 of 8 passes during an 11-play drive.

Clayton muted most of the 58,955 Red Raiders fans on the next play when he took the kickoff and went nearly untouched along the sideline for a touchdown. It was Clayton's second kickoff return for a touchdown this season. He got the first one, also for 98 yards, in the season opener during a 66-21 win over Southern.

New Mexico's offense sputtered early, crossing into Texas Tech territory only once in the first quarter. Early in that drive Holbrook, who started the game, went out and Gautsche came in and together they took the Lobos down the field.

Davie earlier this week said Holbrook was doubtful and his injured ribs were very sore.