Tech QB Seth Doege airing huge numbers

October, 7, 2011
10/07/11
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The most eye-popping quarterback in the Big 12 that nobody knows has got to be licking his chops at the passing yardage the Texas A&M defense has surrendered the last two weeks.

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ESPNDallas.com's Landry Locker is joined by Chris Level to talk about Texas Tech's 4-0 record, their sluggish starts, why a win against Texas A&M would mean a lot to the Red Raider fan base and what to expect in Lubbock this weekend.

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Texas Tech (4-0) seeks its second conference win and will try to keep the A&M (2-2, 0-2) farewell tour a somber one behind the red-hot arm of first-year starting quarterback Seth Doege. The 6-foot-2 junior hasn't received the fanfare of Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden or A&M's Ryan Tannehill or Oklahoma's Landry Jones or even Texas' new duo Case McCoy and David Ash.

Part of that is due to Tech's relatively weak schedule to date, but a big game against the reeling, SEC-bound Aggies, losers in consecutive second-half collapses, can begin to change that.

First, a look at the Aggies' imploding defense. The unit ranks last in the Big 12 in pass defense, giving up 336.8 yards a game while allowing 65.7 percent of pass attempts against them to be completed. Two weeks ago the aforementioned Weeden threw for 438 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Last week Arkansas' Tyler Wilson went even better with 510 yards and three touchdowns without a pick.

You can practically see the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Doege licking his lips.

All he's done through four games is throw for 1,315 yards (third-best in Big 12), complete 73.3 percent of his passes (118-of-161), rack up a league-best 14 touchdowns and tie for a league-low in interceptions with his one and only coming last week.

In Week 2 against New Mexico, Doege set an NCAA record for completion percentage, connecting on 40-of-44 passes -- 90.9 percent -- for 510 yards and five touchdowns. In last week's Big 12 opening win at Kansas, Doege threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns.

In the Big 12 he ranks fourth in passing efficiency, ahead of Jones (fifth) and Weeden (seventh) and he ranks fifth nationally in points responsible for, accounting for, on average, 21.0 of Tech's 47.2 points a game, which is tied for tops in the conference with Baylor.

While Big 12 eyes will focus on No. 11 Texas taking on No. 3 Oklahoma at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Cotton Bowl, some four hours after its completion, the Doege air show in Lubbock (6 p.m.) just might be must-watch TV.

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