LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege is starting to enjoy his short memory.
Last year, Doege's interceptions would linger and affect his play. Not anymore. Just last week, he bounced back after throwing a pick that Iowa State linebacker A.J. Klein took 87 yards for a touchdown.
Doege and the Red Raiders (4-0, 1-0) prevailed 24-13 despite giving up two interceptions to the Cyclones.
"It's just telling yourself that everything's going to be fine and that you've prepared well enough that if something like that happens, you can get right back on track within the next series," said Doege, a second-year starter who is averaging 297 yards passing per game. "It's just a whole mindset thing that I've become stronger in that area."
Texas Tech will try to remain unbeaten Saturday when they host No. 17 Oklahoma. The game against the Sooners (2-1, 0-1) is the first of five straight against ranked opponents for Texas Tech and its surprisingly stingy defense, best in the nation. After all, defense has often been an afterthought to the high-flying Texas Tech offenses over the years.
This has also helped Doege, who doesn't have to press to make things happen. If the team has to punt, Doege knows his teammates can get the ball back to the offense more readily than, say, last year. The Red Raiders finished last season at No. 117 in total defense and dead last against the run.
"He knew if we were going to win games, he was going to have to win it," Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We couldn't stop anybody. We couldn't run the ball because we lost our running backs, and he was going to have to have a 400- or 500- yard game to give us an opportunity."
Doege has completed 105 of 147 passes for 15 touchdowns and 1,189 yards this season. He also has three interceptions, two more than he had through four games a year ago. And so far, that's been OK.