The New Mexico Lobos arrive at Jones AT&T Stadium licking their wounds after starting the season 0-4. Texas Tech has some healing of its own to do following a tough one point loss to Houston and the suspension of All Big 12 guard Brandon Carter.
New Mexico head coach Mike Locksley is in his first year at New Mexico and spent the last four seasons as the offensive coordinator at Illinois. He is still searching for his first victory as a collegiate head coach. Incidentally, Mike Leach’s first victory as a college head coach came against New Mexico in 2000.
New Mexico Passing:
New Mexico is led by Sr. QB Donovan Porterie. So far this season Porterie has completed 61-98 passes (62%) for 530 yards with one TD and 3 INTs. Backup B.R. Holbrook has completed 13-23 passes for 104 yards with no TDs and two INTs.
New Mexico Rushing:
True freshman Demond Dennis leads the Lobos’ rushing attack with 42 rushes for 200 yards (5 yards per carry) with one TD. Jr. James Wright is next with nine carries for 173 yards (19 YPC) and two TDs. No other Lobo has reached the endzone.
New Mexico Receiving:
True freshman Ty Kirk leads the UNM receivers with 13 catches for 152 yards. RB A.J Butler is next with 11 catches for 71 yards. These two are the only Lobo receivers with double digits in receptions and Kirk is the only WR with 100 yards receiving. Fr FB Chris Biren has the only Lobo receiving TD on the season.
Texas Tech Passing:
Taylor Potts directs the Texas Tech offense. For the year Potts has completed 146-212 passes (69%) for 1,602 yards with 13 TDs and four INTs. Backup Steven Sheffield has completed 4-6 passes for 52 yards with one TD and no INTs.
Texas Tech Rushing:
Baron Batch sparked Texas Tech’s running game last week and has now tallied 36 rushes for 179 yards (5 yards per carry) and three TDs. RS Fr RB Harrison Jeffers showed his world-class speed against Houston last week with a 40-yard run. Later in the game, Jeffers scored his first TD as a Red Raider. Eric Stephens adds 18 rushes for 64 yards (3.5 YPC) but no scores.
Texas Tech Receiving:
Lyle Leong paces the Texas Tech receiving corps with 21 catches for 263 yards (13 YPC) with five TDs. Alexander Torres is next with 22 catches for 240 yards (11 YPC) but no scores. Jr. Detron Lewis adds 20 catches for 242 yards (12 YPC) with one TD.
Speedy Sr. Ed Britton has chipped in 16 catches for 144 yards (9 YPC) with one TD. Britton showed big-play ability last year with clutch catches against Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma State. However, the enigmatic Sr hasn’t shown much of his skill yet this season.
Tramain Swindall has 14 receptions for 228 yards (16 YPC) and four TDs. Swindall has reached the endzone for three straight weeks after not playing in the opener.
Austin Zouzalik adds 14 catches for 172 yards (12 YPC) with one score. Zouzalik has also nailed down the punt returning duties for Texas Tech. Adam James and RB Stephens have the other receiving scores for the Red Raiders this season.
· The Red Raiders lead the all-time series 33-6-2. New Mexico won the last game between the two teams. A 27-24 win at New Mexico in 2004.
· Texas Tech Special Teams coach Eric Russell coached with UNM Offensive Coordinator Darrell Dickey at North Texas from 1998-2006.
· Saturday’s game will be on Fox Sports Southwest at 2:30 PM and is officially Texas Tech’s first sellout of the season.
What Will Happen:
Fans should expect to see a highly motivated Texas Tech team this week. The Red Raiders probably did not expect to be 2-2 at this point in the season and now coaches, players, and fans get to see how this team responds to adversity.
Lobo head coach Mike Locksley allegedly punched an assistant coach in the mouth a couple of weeks ago. Expect Texas Tech to be the team landing figurative blows this week.
New Mexico: 17
Texas Tech: 66