Stevens: Davie's Lobos Fall 45-0 At No. 15 Texas Longhorns
Texas Longhorns 45, New Mexico Lobos 0Up Next: New Mexico at Texas Tech
When/Where: 5 p.m. (MT), Saturday (Sept. 15) -- Lubbock Texas
Radio: 770 KKOB-AM, Lobo Radio Network; pregame at 2 p.m.
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By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
The No. 15 Texas Longhorns knocked New Mexico senior quarterback B.R. Holbrookout of the game in the second quarter and continued to pound on and wear down the Lobos Saturday night in a 45-0 Texas victory in Texas Memorial Stadium.
The Lobos (1-1) played the Longhorns (2-0) well early, but the talent and the depth of the Longhorns wore on the depth-challenged Lobos.
"Early in the game, we moved the ball pretty easily with B.R. in there," said Lobo coach Bob Davie. "We couldn't sustain it enough to score points.
"It's frustrating because we got exposed from an execution standpoint. We have to be perfect to try and score points and we aren't good enough to be perfect yet, particularly against a good team."
The Lobos, who played a "clean" game in their 66-21 win over Southern, did not repeat that performance against the highly-regarded Longhorns, who turned a 7-0 first-quarter lead into a 17-0 halftime lead into a 31-0 third-quarter lead.
The Lobos fumbled the ball three times, losing one, and also lost the football on an interception. UNM was penalized eight times for 50 yards. Texas had no turnovers and only three penalties.
"I was really proud of how we played both offensively and defensively, but we made some silly mistakes," said Davie.
UNM was even with Texas in total yards in the first quarter - 106 apiece - and had the edge on the clock 12:25 to 2:35. In the second quarter, the time of possession was even at 7:35 each, but Texas strolled into the locker room with a 17-0 lead. Texas outgained UNM 115 yards to 63 in the second quarter.
"I thought we played hard the whole game. There was no quit," said Davie. "But we got exposed because of our lack of execution."
The `Horns continued to wear down the Lobos. Texas had 163 yards to 54 total for the Lobos in the third quarter. Texas rolled to a commanding 31-0 lead going into the fourth quarter and the Longhorns began liberal use of their bench.
The Lobo offense was able to pound the ball down the field, but had few big plays and failed to sustain drives into Texas territory.
When UNM trailed 38-0 early in the fourth quarter, UNM had 13 first downs to 15 for Texas. However, Texas had 350 total yards and 38 points to 178 total yards and no points for UNM. The Lobos had eight penalties and two turnovers at that mark. Texas had two penalties and no turnovers.
The `Horns went up 38-0 after Lobo freshman quarterback, Cole Gautsche, fumbled running the option and Texas recovered at the UNM 17-yard line. Texas had put in backup quarterback Case McKoy, who completed a third-down pass for 10 yards to hand Texas a first down on the Lobo six-yard line. D.J. Monroe, another sub, took the ball over on the next play.
At that point, UNM's drives had ended in six punts, a fumble and an interception. The final NM drive, led by junior quarterback Quinton McCown, ended on downs at the Texas 34 with 23 seconds to play.
Texas ended the game with 431 total offense to 241 for the Lobos. The Longhorns had 285 yards passing to 35 through the air for UNM. UNM had 206 yards on the ground with Kasey Carrier running for 51 yards on 11 carries. UNM went 6-of-16 passing with one interception, thrown by Gautsche.
The Longhorns converted 10-of-14 third downs to 6-of-15 for UNM. The Lobos won the time of possession battle, 33:52 to 26:08. Texas was 4-of-4 in the red zone while the Lobos never made it that deep into Texas territory.
"We got them to third down quite a few times, but we couldn't execute enough on third down to get off the field," said Davie.
Holbrook went 5-of-8 passing for 32 yards and added 39 yards on the ground. Gautsche went 0-of-4 through the air with one pick and ran for 35 yards.
"It's not as good as it was last week. It's not as bad as it is this week," Davie said of UNM's process of getting better as reflected by the scoreboard. "Somewhere in the middle of that is what reality is.
"We're too early in this process to start making a bunch of strong statements about where we are. We just need to look at the tape and try to get better.
"This is frustrating because we actually played better than that score indicates. The bottom line is we have to be realistic about where we are. This is a long-range, long-time deal. We aren't going to solve these problems overnight."
First Quarter: Texas Longhorns 7, New Mexico Lobos 0
You take away the scoreboard numbers in the first quarter and the numbers for UNM were more than respectable.
In the first quarter, New Mexico and No. 15 Texas both rolled out 106 total yards with the Lobos dominating the time of possession 12:25 to 2:35.
The Lobos looked impressive in the early snaps of their first possession. Holbrook completed his first pass of the game to Ty Kirk for eight yards and Pressley got UNM a first down two plays later on a four-yard burst. UNM also got a 29-yard run from Holbrook off the option and a 16-yard run by Lamaar Thomas.
The Lobos marched to the Texas 31, went back five yards on a delay of game penalty, and had to punt.
The Longhorns took over at the 20-yard line. Texas quarterback David Ash completed a 22-yard pass to Joe Bergeron and Ash finished the drive on a 49-yard scamper over the right side of his offense. That run came on a fourth-and-one. Texas was up 7-0 at the 8:50 mark of the first quarter.
The Lobos marched again on their second possession, rotating Holbrook and Gautsche at the quarterback slot. UNM went from its 25-yard line to the Texas 28-yard line. The drive fizzled when Holbrook was sacked for a 10-yard loss followed by a false start by UNM. The Lobos punted and the punt was blocked by Texas' Mykke Thompson.
The quarter ended at 7-0. The Lobo offense did a good job of controlling the game clock and keeping the Longhorn offense off the field.
Second Quarter: Texas Longhorns 17, New Mexico Lobos 0
The Longhorns took advantage of that blocked punt. They took over at the New Mexico 40-yard line and worked down to the UNM 21-yard line before settling for a 38-yard field goal from Nick Jordan. The `Horns were up 10-0 at the 13:03 mark of the second quarter.
The Lobos continued to show they could move the ball on the Texas defense. The next UNM possession went from the UNM 25 to the Texas 37 before Gautsche was intercepted at the UT 29-yard line. Holbrook went out on that drive after a hard hit and did not return to the game.
"BR is a key, key player for us because he does give us balance," said Davie. "With those other two guys in there (Gautsche and McCown), we are truly an option team. But I think both those guys can grow as throwers, but it's not going to happen overnight.
"There is no sense getting frustrated. There is no sense getting negative. Some things only time will heal."
Texas then drove from its 29 to the UNM 28, but a 45-yard field goal was wide left.
The Lobos got only one first down on their ensuing possession. A 15-yard personal foul penalty led to a UNM punt on the Lobos' 28. A Ben Skaerpunt gave the Longhorns the ball with 2:37 to play. Texas ran back that punt 35 yards to the UNM 27-yard line. The Horns were looking to put another hurtful score on the board and the Lobos were looking for momentum with a stop.
The `Horns got the points.
UNM opened that Texas drive with a 10-yard sack of Ash by UNM's Rashad Rainey. Ash then completed two passes to pull Texas out of that hole. The Lobos got another sack, this one by UNM's Matt Raymer. Ash finished the drive with a 22-pass to his right side that ended with Mike Davis in the end zone with 38 seconds to go in the half.
Texas carried a 17-0 lead into the locker room. At one point in the second quarter, UNM had 11 first downs to five for the home team.