Big 12: New Mexico Lobos

The Longhorns struggled to put points on the scoreboard early but eventually were able to take control as they shut out New Mexico -- their first shutout since a 43-0 win over Kansas in 2011. It's the third time these two teams have met and the third time Texas has shut out the Lobos.

It was over when: Texas wide receiver Mike Davis used the block of Marquise Goodwin to slip past the New Mexico defense for a touchdown late in the first half. That score put Texas up 17-0. And while the Longhorns were having trouble moving the ball, New Mexico was having trouble scoring on the Texas defense.

Game ball goes to: Cornerback Quandre Diggs clearly was a player New Mexico wanted to avoid. The Lobos refused to throw to his side for most of the game. In fact, they threw the first nine passes away from his side of the field. On the 10th, they did go at Diggs and he made them pay with an interception. Diggs also returned a put 35 yards to the New Mexico 27 to set up Mike Davis' 22-yard touchdown catch and run in the second quarter.

Stat of the game: Texas quarterback David Ash threw for a personal-record 221 yards. But he only had one completion that traveled 20 yards in the air. This comes one week after Ash's 27 attempts against Wyoming averaged 3.7 air yards. Ash did have a touchdown pass of 45 yards but it came via a two-foot shovel pass to Daje Johnson. His 22-yard touchdown pass was a catch and run by Mike Davis.

Unsung hero: Texas true freshman Dalton Santos has become a force for the Longhorns on special teams. The linebacker had three tackles on kickoff coverage and was largely responsible for New Mexico being forced to start inside the 25 on every kickoff that was not downed for a touchback.

Second guessing: After saying it wanted to get freshman Johnathan Gray involved in the game, Texas failed to give the nation's top running back recruit from a year ago the ball in the first half. This is the second week in a row Texas has not given Gray the ball when the game's outcome was not locked away. Similarly, Malcolm Brown, who had 104 rushing yards in the opener, had one first-half carry.

What we learned about this team: Texas is far from a finished product on either side of the ball. The Longhorns once again started too slow. On defense, the tackling was suspect as New Mexico had 11 first downs in the first half. On offense, quarterback David Ash was able to connect on comeback routes, screens and crossing routes. But he continued to have problems going down the field with the ball.

What's coming up: Part 2

September, 8, 2012
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Tonight’s games are highlighted by the first true test for Oklahoma State true freshman quarterback Wes Lunt as the Cowboys head to Tucson to battle Arizona. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Grambling State at No. 20 TCU (7 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Net): The Horned Frogs finally hit the field after watching the remainder of the Big 12 open their seasons last weekend. TCU looks to make Gary Patterson the all-time winningest coach in school history in the first meeting between the two teams.

Texas Tech at Texas State (7 p.m. ET, ESPN3/WatchESPN): Any thoughts of overlooking Texas State left Lubbock when the Bobcats defeated Houston, 30-13, to start the season. Fortunately for the Red Raiders, any concerns about the healthy return of running back Eric Stephens were lessened with his two-touchdown performance against Northwestern State (La.) in the season opener, the fifth multi-touchdown game of his career. A healthy Stephens will make the Red Raiders offense more explosive in their first road test.

Florida A&M at No. 5 Oklahoma (7 p.m. ET, pay-per-view): All eyes will be on quarterback Landry Jones and the Sooners offense after the Big 12's preseason favorite stumbled to a 24-7 season-opening victory over UTEP on Sept. 1. OU needs to find its offensive rhythm against FAMU or Sooners fans will not be happy. And OU’s upcoming bye week becomes that much longer.

New Mexico at No. 17 Texas (8 p.m. ET, Longhorn Network): UNM better tighten up those chinstraps. And not just because of the new helmet rule. Longhorns running backs Malcolm Brown(105) and Joe Bergeron (110) each rushed for over 100 yards in the 37-17 victory over Wyoming as UT averaged 5.96 yards per carry.

No. 18 Oklahoma State at Arizona (10:30 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network): The first major test for Lunt as he looks to lead his team to a road win. While Lunt is in the spotlight, don’t be surprised if OSU puts the game on the shoulders of Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith, one of the Big 12’s top tailback duos, to carry the offense in Tucson.

Big 12 predictions: Week 2

September, 6, 2012
9/06/12
9:00
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Time for our second round of predictions after a perfect round in Week 1.

This week, I'm heading north to the Little Apple. Prepare yourselves, Kansas State fans. It's been a little while since I've been to Manhattan, but I'll be covering the Wildcats' game against the U in person. Should be a fun trip.

On to this week's picks!

Last week: 9-0 (1.000)

Season record: 9-0 (1.000)

No. 21 Kansas State 27, Miami 20: Miami's offense looked solid in Week 1, but Kansas State is much better than BC. I'm not a big believer in Stephen Morris -- or the Hurricane defensive line's ability to slow Kansas State's running game. Collin Klein has to log a whole lot more than the 12 carries he got last week, but the Wildcats muscle out another win, and Klein tops 100 yards rushing.

Iowa 31, Iowa State 30: I wanted to pick Iowa State badly in this one. My gut's telling me to do it. Iowa is a middling Big Ten squad and the Cyclones have more playmakers than they get credit for with Shontrelle Johnson and Steele Jantz. My head, though? I just couldn't do it. These defensive lines are going to get dominated in the running game, but the Hawkeyes hold home field and give the Big 12 its first loss of the season. James Vandenburg makes the throws he has to make to get the win.

Kansas 38, Rice 20: KU got a win last week, but the Jayhawks are capable of playing a whole lot better. They do. Tony Pierson has another huge game and Dayne Crist gets his completion percentage back over 60. Confidence is building in Lawrence.

No. 17 TCU 59, Grambling State 13: The Tigers lost a heartbreaker last week in the final minutes to Alcorn State. It's not getting any better. The atmosphere in this one should be electric. The game itself? Bring a pillow, friends.

Texas Tech 37, Texas State 24: Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! For a while, anyway. I don't know what to make of Texas State, but it took some time for Tech to regain its footing last week against Northwestern State. I think the Red Raiders take care of business in this one with a strong second half, but on the road against a hyped crowd and a team hungry to prove something? Not many teams are immune to that kind of thing. Tech wears down the Bobcats late.

No. 5 Oklahoma 58, Florida A&M 3: Good grief, I hate games against FCS teams.

No. 15 Texas 41, New Mexico 13: More interesting game here than it seems. Still want to see more from David Ash, and for now, the defense doesn't really matter. Mike Davis and Jaxon Shipley can run by the Lobos' defense, but can Ash find them?

No. 16 Oklahoma State 44, Arizona 21: Why didn't I put OSU on upset alert this week? Going on the road as a double-digit favorite against a Pac-12 team? My instincts tell me OSU is a lot better than anybody thinks ... and Arizona is a lot worse. Pokes make it 3-for-3 in routs against the Wildcats in three different stadiums over the past 16 games. Wes Lunt hits 300 yards. Joseph Randle goes for 100 and two scores.

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