The Texas Tech Red Raiders withstood two turnovers and a heavily penalized defense to stay undefeated and beat the West Virginia Mountaineers 37-27 in Morgantown.
Freshman Quarterback Davis Webb got the start off his Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors a week ago versus Iowa State. Tech struck first on their second drive of the ball game. Webb found Jace Amaro for the 10 yard Touchdown and the Red Raiders were on the board first. Tech would add two field goals and take a 13-0 lead.
Then here came the Mountaineers. West Virginia kicked field goal on a nice drive and then ensuing Tech drive Davis Webb fumbled on the one yard line trying to reach into the end zone. The Mountaineers would drive 99 yards for a touchdown. Right after the touchdown, the Mountaineers would kick off and Tech would fumble on the return. The Red Raider defense would bow up but force a field goal, but just like that, the game was tied at 13 heading to the half and West Virginia had all of the momentum.
West Virginia was able to run the ball successfully against Tech, tallying 184 yards on the ground. In the middle of the 3rd quarter, the Mountaineers drove down the field and punched it in for a touchdown giving them the 20-13 lead. After a Tech drive stalled inside the WVU 15, Tech would make it 20-16. West Virginia would strike again taking their next possession 72 yards on seven plays for another touchdown and Tech looked to be doomed, down 27-16.
Just when you thought it was getting out of hand, freshman Quarterback Davis Webb kept his composure and led the team on an eight-play, 80 yard drive, capped off by Kenny Williams' one yard rush for the score. 27-23 West Virginia with the lead, and Tech wasn't done yet.
The Red Raider Defense would get three consecutive stops and the first one led to a seven play, 84 yard drive led by Webb once again capped off by Williams' one yard TD run. The third crucial defensive stand would give Tech the ball with time winding down in the 4th quarter, and the Red Raiders would take the ball 10 plays, 69 yards while taking 3:29 off of the clock and capping it off with a 10 yard touchdown pass from Webb to Amaro to put the game on ice.
Davis Webb completed 36 of 50 passes for 462 yards and two touchdowns. The most important statistic is zero interceptions. He had one fumble in the Red Zone, but for the most part, he took care of the ball and gave Tech a chance late in this game. Tech had 573 yards of total offense and were nine of 15 on 3rd downs. We truly are watching a special player grow up before our eyes as Webb will once again have a shot at Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week with his performance today.
Jace Amaro, who was having a great season already, but only had one touchdown reception, caught 9 balls for 136 yards and two touchdowns in the win. The offense turned to him when they needed a big play. Bradley Marquez also had a good day with eight receptions for 112 yards, including a big play that set Tech up with a first and goal and helped them get back in the ball game.
The Red Raider defense struggled today giving up 437 yards of offense and continually shooting themselves in the foot with penalties, which led to most of West Virginia's points. On a brighter note, the defense bowed up when it was crucial and, once again, Tech is able to find a way to win a game in which one facet of their team didn't play exceptionally well.
Tech improves to 7-0 for only the fourth time in school history, and 4-0 in the Big 12. The Red Raiders will now come home and prepare for the toughest game they have played all year. This time it's in Norman, Oklahoma, against the Oklahoma Sooners.
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