Discipline Shows In 66-21 Romp
Bob Davie gets it, OK? Southern University football, relative to Texas football, is tissue paper vs. a freight train. A tricycle vs. a brick wall.
The Lobos, fresh off their season-opening 66-21 rout of Southern, this Saturday face 15th-ranked Texas in Austin. Big difference? Of course.
Yet, Davie said on Sunday, the day after his New Mexico Lobos’ 66-21 thumping of Southern at University Stadium, not everything is relative.
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A lot of solid, disciplined, mistake-free football, he said, was played last Saturday by the guys in the red jerseys.
No turnovers and one penalty for 5 yards, he said, speak for themselves.
“We’ve talked about how you really play against yourself in the first game,” Davie said. “Well, you can’t have it both ways. We can’t come back and say, ‘Well, maybe Southern wasn’t very good.’
“We controlled (the game). It was all on our operation. So, from that standpoint, you’ve got to feel pretty good about it. We did what we wanted to do as far as just being clean.”
ON THE OTHER HAND: After viewing the game film, Davie said he was disappointed in the performance of his defense against Southern.
“Defensively, we’ve got so much work to do,” he said. “…. There’s no question that if we play an offense that can execute, an offense that can throw the football, we’re gonna get exposed.
“We’ve got to be better. Some things are gonna take time to cure; some things we should be doing better (right now).”
THE QB DILEMMA: No. 12 if it’s a pass, No. 8 if it’s a run?
Davie acknowledged that senior quarterback B.R. Holbrook is a much better passer than a runner and that true freshman Cole Gautsche is a far better runner than a passer. Those obvious facts certainly will send a clear message to the Texas defense, depending on which QB is in the game.
Davie notes that the Longhorns still must cover the Lobos receivers, even with Gautsche in the game, and still must make the right read on the option, even with Holbrook at the controls.
But, he said, “There’s no secret about it. When No. 8’s in the game, there’s a high percentage it’s gonna be a run. … He’ll develop as time goes on as a passer. We just have to be smart about when we choose to throw it with him.”
KUDOS: Davie singled out offensive right tackle Darryl Johnson and slot receiver Lamaar Thomas for special praise after their performances against Southern.
Johnson, playing against a team from his hometown of Baton Rouge, La.,was “athletic and played with great effort the whole game,” Davie said.
Thomas caught only one pass for 10 yards and carried the ball once for a 15-yard gain. But Davie said the 6-foot, 180-pound receiver was outstanding as a blocker.
A block by Thomas, Davie said, enabled running back Jhurell Pressley to gain 23 yards on a third-and-3 situation during the Lobos’ first scoring drive.
Thomas also had not one, not two, but three blocks on Chase Clayton’s 98-yard touchdown kickoff return.
“He just plays with a lot of energy,” Davie said.
THE RUNNING BACKS: Davie was extremely pleased with running backs Pressley, Demarcus Rogers and walk-on David Anaya, who combined for 266 yards on 31 carries against Southern.
Those statistics were achieved without junior Kasey Carrier, the projected starter, who is out with a hamstring injury.
There’s a chance Carrier will be available for the Texas game, Davie said.
“Kasey and Lamaar Thomas were probably our two best players in spring practice,” he said.
DOWN THE ROAD: The Lobos’ remaining 2012 opponents went a collective 8-4 last week. Notable: Colorado State’s 22-17 victory over Colorado, Texas State’s 30-13 throttling of Houston, Nevada’s 31-24 upset of California, and New Mexico State’s 49-19 rout of Sacramento State.
The net result? The schedule looks tougher now than it did before the lights went on.
— This article appeared on page B1 of the Albuquerque Journal