Halftime Analysis: Texas 17, New Mexico 0

September, 8, 2012
9/08/12
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Stat of the half: Texas scored on a fourth down from the New Mexico 49-yard line. That is the third time this season Texas has gone for it on fourth down and scored a touchdown. The previous two times were from the 1 against Wyoming in week one.

Player of the half: Defensive back Quandre Diggs had three tackles to go along with an interception. He accomplished those stats with New Mexico refusing to go to his side of the field. Each of New Mexico's first nine pass attempts were to the opposite side of field from Diggs. The 10th resulted in a pick by Diggs. As a punt returner, Diggs had a 38-yard return to set up Texas' second touchdown.

What's working for Texas: For the second consecutive week, Texas is having an issue with its tackling. When New Mexico makes it past the defensive line, the linebackers and defensive backs have been slow to react and not able to bring down the runner on first contact.

What is not working for Texas: The Longhorns have failed to stop New Mexico on first down. Using a mixture of roll-out passes and option, the Lobos have rolled up 11 first downs, largely because they are picking up solid yards on first down.

What Texas needs to do to keep winning: Texas should be able to wear down New Mexico in the second half. The Lobos simply do not have the size or the depth to stay with Texas for 60 minutes. In fact, they have just 73 scholarship players, as opposed to Texas 85.

Carter Strickland | email

Reporter, HornsNation

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