Just moments ago the AP Top 25 polls were announced and the Mountaineers remained at No. 12 in the rankings as next weeks foe, Texas Tech entered the rankings at No. 25 following an impressive win at Oklahoma State.
Yesterday, the Mountaineers dominated in their Big 12 Conference opener with a 35-6 victory over Kansas State. Will Grier totaled five touchdowns including three to his favorite target, David Sills V. The offense seemed a tad bit rusty out of the gate turning the ball over on each of their first two possessions. Grier and company got rolling in the ladder half of the 2nd quarter and into the third and could not be slowed down.
Although the Mountaineers have been very impressive in their three blowout wins, they have yet to face a potent offense like Texas Techs. This game will also be the team’s first matchup with a ranked team and the Red Raiders have not forgotten about the comeback victory from last year nor the last time West Virginia came to town when they got smacked 49-17.
Texas Tech defeated Houston in a Big 12 fashion shootout 63-49 last week as true freshman quarterback Alan Bowman threw for over 600 yards and 5 touchdowns. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Bowman threw for 397 yards and 2 touchdowns vs Oklahoma State who has a pretty solid secondary.
One area Texas Tech head coach wanted to improve was the run game, “I know I needed to start running the ball more if we wanted to be more efficient and win more games.” he said. The Red Raiders turned to Damarcus Felton last night as he rushed for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns on 12 carries. The offensive line dominated up front opening wide lanes for their backs to run through, so this will most certainly be the Mountaineers biggest challenge yet.
The Red Raiders currently have the number one total offense in the nation averaging an eye-popping 624.3 yards per game and West Virginia is 10th averaging 586 yards per game. So, this game has all the makings of a potential shootout and the defense’s average of allowing only 12.3 points per game will be put to the test.
Kickoff is set for Noon, EDT, on ESPN2.