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USU opponent watch: Texas Tech coasts to beat Texas State 58-10

Published: Saturday, Sept. 8 2012 10:45 p.m. MDT

Texas Tech's Alex Torres celebrates a touchdown against Texas State during their NCAA college football game in San Marcos, Texas, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012.

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal,Stephen Spillman, Associated Press

SAN MARCOS, Texas — Texas Tech came in to be the first opponent in Texas State's newly refurbished stadium, but the Red Raiders don't need to remake their old, explosive offense.

Texas Tech scored a pair of touchdowns in a 51-second span of the opening four and a half minutes of the game, and the Red Raiders coasted to a 58-10 victory over Texas State on Saturday night.

"We put ourselves behind the 8-ball to come play down here and open their new stadium," Red Raiders coach Tommy Tuberville said. "A lot of people said 'You have to be crazy.'"

Seth Doege passed for 319 yards and a career-tying five touchdowns by completing 25 of 32 for Tech (2-0) in less than three quarters of work. He threw two TDs in the first quarter, his first coming less than a minute after the Tech defense opened the scoring on Cody Davis' 88-yard interception return.

Facing a Big 12 school on home turf for the first time, the Bobcats (1-1) were showing off an expanded, 30,000-seat stadium in front of an overflow crowd of 33,006 a week after pulling off a shocking 30-13 win at Houston.

"Them winning last week kind of nixed all chances of them beating us by surprise," Tuberville said. "If they were going to beat us, they were going to beat us the right way. We weren't going to be running in neutral."

The Red Raiders fell just short of 600 total yards - 591 yards with 405 from Tech's quarterbacks without an interception while picking off the Bobcats twice. They doubled Texas State in first downs (32-16).

"We had a lot more opportunities this week and we took advantage of them," said Doege, who had his 10th career 300-yard passing game. "We started rolling, and I thought I threw the ball pretty well tonight."

Texas State fell behind 28-0 and didn't score until starting quarterback Shaun Rutherford was pulled and backup Tyler Arndt threw a 25-yard TD pass to Terrence Franks with just less than 11 minutes left in the first half.

But the damage already had been done, mostly by Doege. His first two scoring passes of 23 yards and 4 yards were completed to Darrin Moore. His third came on a drive that ended the first quarter and opened the second, a 99-yard march that took all of six plays and less than three minutes. It finished when Doege found Alex Torres over the middle of the field for a 23-yard TD.

At that point, Doege had completed 11 of 14 for 142 yards and three TDs. Texas State had zero passing yards, with Rutherford 0 for 7 plus the interception that was returned for a touchdown.

So Bobcats coach Dennis Franchione, who has returned to San Marcos after coaching at TCU, Alabama and Texas A&M, subbed for Arndt. He went 7 of 11 in the second quarter without being sacked or intercepted.

It's the sort of work that might fare well as the Bobcats play this season in the Western Athletic Conference after spending their first season in the Football Bowl Subdivision as an independent a year ago.

But it wasn't enough against the Big 12's Tech.

"There's a difference between being beaten and being exposed, and we were exposed," Franchione said. "We couldn't force Tech to punt. We blitzed. We rushed. We couldn't get a stop."

Doege answered Arndt's score a minute and a half later with a 19-yard pass to Jace Amaro. Texas State cut it to 35-10 with a 38-yard kick by Will Johnson with 3:25 to go in the half, but Tech answered that with a field goal, as the first-half horn sounded.

Doege directed two more scoring drives before he was done for the night. He hit Javon Bell for an 8-yard scoring pass and finished up after Kenny Williams ran in from 16 yards to give Tech a 52-10 advantage with 4:59 to go in the third quarter.

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