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Mountaineers upset Texas Tech

Schuyler Callihan

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Final

Score 35 46
1st Downs 27 28
Total Yards 513 396
Yards Passing 323 352
Yards Rushing 190 44
Turnovers 1 1
Penalties 16-159 9-93
Possession 29:06 30:54

The Texas Tech Red Raiders started hot out of the gate by completing an underneath screen to T.J. Vasher which went for a 59 yard touchdown on the second play of the drive. West Virginia quickly answered with a short 3 play scoring drive of their own with a 31 yard touchdown pass to David Sills V. The following possession had a couple of miscues with Kyzir White being flagged for unsportsmanlike on the kickoff and Xavier Preston for a face mask to put the Red Rebels in position. The drive was capped off by a short touchdown pass to the corner of the end zone to Dylan Cantrell. Molina tacked on 3 points for West Virginia to make it a 14-10 score after one quarter of play.

The beginning of the 2nd quarter was rough for West Virginia, after Texas Tech missed a field goal, the Mountaineers went 3 and out, followed by a 7 yard touchdown pass to Keke Coulee one drive later for Texas Tech. The next drive West Virginia got the offense clicking along with the help of two Texas Tech late hits that moved the ball deeper into the red zone. Crawford found the end zone untouched to cut it to 21-17. The Mountaineers seemed to have finally found some momentum by forcing a punt, but Texas Tech drew up the fake punt run and converted. The following play Nic Shimonek found T.J. Vasher deep down the field for a Red Raider touchdown to extend the lead to 28-17. The Mountaineer offense continued its sloppy play with penalties, killing any shot of a sustainable drive. Texas Tech drove down to the WVU 6 and appeared to be in position to extend its lead once again, but Michael Barden missed his 2nd field goal off of the left upright to end the first half of play.

The third quarter was another 15 minutes of the Mountaineers shooting themselves in the foot, continued penalties and poor offensive line play held the offense from finding a groove. The West Virginia defense continued to give up big play after big play and had poor tackling in the open space. The Mountaineers run defense struggled once again as Justin Stockton ran for big gains. Amidst all the struggles, Grier connected with David Sills again for his 2nd touchdown of the game. Score at the end of the 3rd quarter, Texas Tech 35, West Virginia 24.

The fourth quarter started off with a bang as the offense made a couple big plays in critical moments through the air. Grier found Gary Jennings on 3rd and 9 to move the chains, then a few plays later he connects with Ka’Raun White in the end zone to cut the lead to 35-30. The Mountaineers left the offense on the field to go for the two point conversion and converted with a completion to David Sills in the back of the end zone as Grier rolled out to his right. Mountaineers cut lead to 35-32. West Virginia was able to get a quick 3 and out on defense which gave the offense a chance to take their first lead of the game. The Mountaineers moved the ball with good rhythm as Grier had it clicking with his receivers. A pivotal 4th and inches came up and Holgorsen initially sent field goal unit on but called time out as the play clock was expiring. After the timeout he decided to keep the offense on the field and it paid off as Will Grier had just enough to pick up the first down following a measurement. Grier would then connect with Ka’Raun White to give the Mountaineers their first lead at 39-35. Sills would get another grab for 6 to put the game away 46-35 and give the Mountaineers a 4-2 (2-1) record.

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