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Staff predictions: New Mexico at Texas

9/6/2012

Texas 52, New Mexico 13

Texas had a lot of reasons from Game 1 to coach its players hard this week. The defense gave up big plays and did not dominate Wyoming's offense. The offense ran the ball well but struggled in run blocking at the start of the game and only passed for 156 yards. New Mexico is 3-33 in the last three years and it needs a large infusion of talent before the program is turned around. Wyoming is three or four touchdowns better than New Mexico so Texas is a lot better than the Lobos. Texas will run for 300 yards and throw for more than 200 and tally close to 600 yards of offense as Texas puts a big score on New Mexico.

- Sean Adams

Texas 48, New Mexico 13

I think the Lobos can put up some points in this one. A triple option scheme loves nothing more than a chance to attack and outsmart inexperienced linebackers, and Texas has two.

But the Longhorns' defense takes care of business in this one because they're highly motivated following a good-not-great debut against Wyoming, and stopping the run is one of this team's specialties.

David Ash will shut critics up by taking a few shots downfield on Saturday and connecting on at least one big play. Both running backs will go over 100-plus again, and this time freshman Johnathan Gray will get a more fitting introduction by busting a long touchdown run in the second half.

- Max Olson

Texas 55, New Mexico 17

After a week where the passing game was rather innocuous, Texas will try to take the ball downfield with more frequency and should hit on some big plays against the slower New Mexico cornerbacks. Look for a few big runs from the Lobos as the Texas defense gets crossed up trying to defend the pistol option package. But, overall, the Longhorns should outrush New Mexico by more than 100 yards and outgain them by more than 200.

- Carter Strickland

Texas 41-13

This isn't the New Mexico of old. At least, not one game into the Bob Davie era. The Lobos looked impressive in all aspects of the game in their 66-21 victory over Southern last week and Texas' coaches took notice when they observed film over the weekend.

The fact that Texas has film on this week's opponent, unlike Wyoming's defense with a new coordinator, should allow the Longhorns to open up the offense more than a week ago. Texas was hesitant to do certain things because of that uncertainty. Now, it's up to David Ash to complete the long balls he didn't against the Cowboys and I think he has at least three touchdown passes in this one. Johnathan Gray will also score his first touchdown.

- William Wilkerson