KliffNotes: Heading into the West Virginia game

KliffNotes - Red Raiders prepare for No. 12 West Virginia

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - For the first time in 17 years, the Red Raiders went on the road and beat Oklahoma State.

So, a big focus for Coach Kingsbury and the team this week, is to make sure that they build off the win, and to make sure that this wasn’t just a one time thing.

“Yeah, that’s what you want to be," Coach Kingsbury said. "You want to make sure that that was 1-0 in conference and we’re trying to go 1-0 this week, and that’s the focus. We want to get better, and I think our team understands that. They know what’s coming to town. It’s a top-10 football team, at home, great opportunity, and we’ve got to get one week better.”

Now three weeks in as the starter, freshman quarterback Alan Bowman is still turning heads and making big time plays.

So, the question becomes, is Bowman better than Coach Kingsbury expected him to be at this point?

“His level of maturity thus far as a true freshman, I don’t know if I’ve seen one handle it like this so far, but we’ve got a long way to go. We’ve got the heart of our schedule, we’ve got a great team coming in here, but he’s handled things very maturely from practice-wise to his preparation to on Saturdays. That’s what I’ve been impressed with. There’s things we can do better. We had some bad throws, bad reads last week, but just the mindset, the preparation and the focus each day for a young guy, it’s been impressive.”

So up next for the now 25th-ranked Texas Tech is 12th-ranked West Virginia.

The Mountaineers come to Lubbock as a dynamic team that ranks at the top of the Big 12 in total defense.

On the offensive side of the ball, they have a stellar quarterback and some wide receivers that can take the top off any defense.

“They’re a high-powered, quick-strike offense, so you know that’s coming. You know they’re going to take their shots to Sills and Simms and Jennings and everybody else they’ve got. We’re definitely aware of that. We’d like to limit those big plays and make them earn whatever they’re going to get.”

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