Texas Tech rolling with Doege ball
By John Harris
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, 11:20 p.m.
Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege played his worst game of the season during last week's 41-20 home loss against Oklahoma. Doege was 22 of 36 for 203 yards and didn't throw a touchdown pass after tossing 15 in his first four games.
Not only was Doege sacked twice, he also tossed three interceptions. One of his picks was returned for a touchdown as the Sooners avenged last year's 41-38 loss in which Doege was 33 of 52 for 441 yards and four TDs.
Considering everything Doege endured to return to play college football, his setback against Oklahoma will only serve as motivation for Saturday's Big 12 Conference matchup against No. 5 West Virginia at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock.
“As an offense, we need to be a threat every time we step on the field. My play wasn't great in the second half, and they deserve better from their quarterback,” Doege said. “It wasn't the fact that I was mentally out of the game. I didn't perform, and if I perform, those guys will catch on and understand our mindset is to score.”
“Quarterbacks get a lot of praise and a lot of criticism,'' Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. “You pretty much have to be perfect.”
There was a time when Doege being able to drop back and attempt a pass — much less throw a completion — was in serious doubt.
Doege missed his final two seasons in high school after suffering separate knee injuries in consecutive seasons. Once recruited heavily by the likes of Florida, Oklahoma and Purdue, Doege fell off the radar of many programs as a result of his injuries. He signed with Texas Tech in 2008 when coach Mike Leach honored Doege's scholarship offer.
When he was a Texas Tech assistant, WVU coach Dana Holgorsen followed Doege's high school career. Holgorsen left for Houston prior to the 2008 season.
“I never met him. Just followed his high school career,” Holgorsen said. “Tore up the knee two years in a row. He overcame those injuries. You talk about a determined kid that never gave up, that's how he plays the game.''
Upon becoming a full-time starter last season, Doege set an NCAA record in his second game for highest completion percentage when he went 40 of 44 for 401 yards and five touchdowns against New Mexico. Doege finished the season No. 8 in passing with 4,004 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Doege is excited for the opportunity to face the Mountaineers, ranked No. 102 in total defense,
“From what I've seen, there is an opportunity to move the ball and score points,” Doege said. “We feel like we have the talent and the coaches and everything is in place to be one of the most explosive offenses in the country. I just need to relax and put four quarters together, and we'll be fine.”
Note: West Virginia has added Georgia State to its nonconference home schedule in 2013. The Mountaineers also will face William & Mary at Milan Puskar Stadium and play Maryland in Baltimore. Next season, Georgia State will jump to the FBS level and play in the Sun Belt Conference. ... A limited number of singles, no two seats together, for the Kansas State game Oct. 20 at Milan Puskar Stadium, are available.
John Harris is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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