Texas Tech picks apart No. 5 West Virginia
LUBBOCK, Texas – Seth Doege passed for six touchdowns and a career-high 499 yards while Texas Tech’s defense shut down Geno Smith and No. 5 West Virginia as the Red Raiders upset the Mountaineers 49-14 on Saturday.
Red Raiders fans stormed the field after the win, the most lopsided Texas Tech football victory over a team ranked in the top five.
Texas Tech’s defense consistently stymied West Virginia’s offense. Heisman Trophy hopeful Smith completed 29 of 55 passes for 275 yards but couldn’t get the ball in the end zone.
The Red Raiders’ offense had no such trouble.
“When you don’t have a pass rush, it’s a lot easier to make your reads,” said Doege, who threw TD passes of 39, 19, 16, 2, 29 and 7 yards. He completed 32 of 42 passes and the six touchdowns matched his career high. Darrin Moore caught three touchdown passes, which tied his career high.
Texas Tech (5-1, 2-1) had 18 plays of 15 yards or more, including a 61-yard pass to Jace Amaro and a 53-yard touchdown run by SaDale Foster.
“I thought Seth did a tremendous job running our offense,” Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. “He’s hard-nosed and he ran the ball.”
Amaro finished with five receptions for 156 yards.
The Mountaineers (5-1, 2-1) last week converted all five fourth-down tries in their 48-45 win at Texas, but against the Red Raiders they made just two of seven.
“Those guys did a great job of just attacking us,” Smith said. “They attacked us the entire game.”
Doege had one interception, an improvement over the five he’d thrown in the previous two games.
“He came out and played loose and he was on-point today,” Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown said.
The win for Texas Tech was the second over a top-10 team in as many seasons. The Red Raiders beat then-No. 3 Oklahoma 41-38 to break the Sooners’ 39-game win streak in Norman.
On seven first-half possessions the Red Raiders scored touchdowns on five. Texas Tech wasn’t as efficient in the second half, but by then it was so far ahead it didn’t matter.
The Mountaineers fell short of their scoring average (52) by 38 points and got just one touchdown in the second half and that came when the game was already out of reach.
Dustin Garrison scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter to make it 49-14.
The Mountaineers had the third-worst pass defense coming into the game (336 yards) and didn’t do anything to improve on that.
The Red Raiders, meanwhile, started quickly and kept the Mountaineers off balance. By the time it was all over, they had 168 rushing yards on 29 carries and passed the ball 43 times.
After the Mountaineers failed to convert on fourth-and-3 deep in Texas Tech territory, Doege needed just three plays to get his third touchdown of the game. The senior quarterback first connected with Amaro on a short pass along the near sideline and the receiver turned it into a 61-yard gain – Texas Tech’s longest play from scrimmage this season – to the Mountaineers’ 21.
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