But he was back in full force, as the Red Raiders thumped New Mexico 49-14 at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Seth Doege found him in the first quarter for a 20-yard touchdown to make it 7-0.
Then, Eric Stephens made it happen on the ground, running in a 21-yard touchdown.
And in the second quarter, Doege found Ward again. This time to extend the lead to 21-7.
In the end, it was just too much Doege and Ward. The senior quarterback finishing with 6 touchdowns -- three of them to Ward -- and 340 yards.