U's next opponent, New Mexico St., brings out boobirds in Texas
- Blog Post by: Howard Sinker
- September 3, 2013 - 6:57 AM
New Mexico State, the Gophers' next football opponent, went into its opener at Texas as 42-point underdogs and -- after a scoreless first quarter -- took a 7-0 lead at Austin and trailed at halftime by only 14-7. Texas fans booed their team during the first half for not making easy work of the Aggies.
Teddy Feinberg, who covers New Mexico State football for the Las Cruces Sun-News wrote: "The team's offense proved to be light years ahead of where it was in 2012: a no-huddle attack has been implemented, one that saw the Aggies observe Texas' defense, make the appropriate play call at the line of scrimmage and then attack from there."
Texas found its form in the second half and went to to the expected 56-7 victory.
Here's a box score from the game. Among other things, you'll see that Texas ended up gaining 715 yards against New Mexico State, almost 10 yards per play. Similar to Minnesota's opening-game victory over Nevada-Las Vegas, Texas used big plays to score, including touchdowns of 54, 55, 66 and 74 yards.
Doug Martin, the school's new head coach, said: "14-7 at halftime. That's about as good as we would have hoped for coming into that. We just let it get away from us."
Last year, New Mexico State won its opener by 30 points against Sacramento State and went on to lose its next 11 games. In 2011, the Aggies were 4-9, including a 28-21 upset of the Gophers during which Jerry Kill collapsed on the sidelines late in the fourth quarter.
You can read the full Texas game report from Feinberg here.
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