MORGANTOWN — West Virginia got here into Texas Tech flying excessive off of a dramatic 43-40 over Baylor, having received 3 of 4 video games and pondering they have been getting issues discovered this 12 months after a tough begin.
As an alternative, the West Texas sky caved in on them in Lubbock as Texas Tech did no matter it wished offensively and defensively in beating the Mountaineers for the fourth straight 12 months, this time by a convincing 48-10 rating.
It was so dangerous that when Jed Drenning, WVU’s sideline reporter, grabbed coach Neal Brown on his means off the sphere, he tried to ease his means right into a query.
Brown didn’t let him.
“We stunk,” Brown mentioned earlier than he might get all the query out.
The ache was apparent in his voice.
“We performed poorly on offense. Defensively, it wasn’t even truthful to guage them. We needed to play so many performs. Whenever you flip the ball over 4 instances … I don’t know what the time of possession was but it surely was ridiculous.”
He had solely thing more so as to add.
“Dangerous soccer,” he mentioned.
Nobody dared argue with him.
The explanation was that he was telling the reality.
“We’ve been on a curler coaster and we performed as dangerous as we presumably might immediately,” Brown mentioned. “We didn’t play properly at any place. We by no means gave ourself an opportunity. We didn’t play properly up entrance. The receivers have been a non-factor.”
The protection performed a bit higher than that, he admitted, noting that they didn’t have an opportunity as a result of Texas Tech ran 103 performs at them.
“They have been extra bodily than us and moved the pile all evening,” Brown continued, being crucial of the tackling fundamentals.
“We didn’t do something to vary the sport,” he concluded.
“We by no means acquired going,” WVU middle Zach Frazier mentioned. “We by no means put a drive … we had one drive however aside from that we simply couldn’t end. It was liltle issues, little errors.”
The primary half was bracketed by a pair of passes that informed how it could be for West Virginia because it limped into the locker room down 17-3.
The primary move got here on Texas Tech’s first possession, a move that Aubrey Burks had measured to intercept. In some way, in a primary half that was his better of the season as he registered eight tackles and a sack, he went up and in some way let the move slip between his two palms.
It was incomplete, however not intercepted, and Tech’s offense was off to a rip-roaring begin, profiting from that rating inside 2 minutes and 37 seconds.
They set the tone on the drive by going for it on fourth down as soon as and making it, their first of six consecutive fourth downs they’d convert earlier than lacking one within the half.
In the long run, Tajh Brooks took care of the ultimate 19 yards on the bottom and it was 7-0.
A 3 and out acquired Texas Tech a second fast possession and so they turned it right into a second fast rating, changing three extra fourth down makes an attempt earlier than Brooks had his second landing, pulling into the left nook of the tip zone from a yard out.
In the meantime, WVU saved lacking alternatives resembling Burks’ close to interception.
First there was what appeared to be a primary cease that, as an alternative, and not using a measurement or replay, was dominated a primary down.
After which there additionally was a fumble by Texas Tech that the Crimson Raiders recovered.
WVU did handle a Casey Legg discipline purpose that was matched by Texas Tech, and there was a dreadful finish to the half when it appeared the Mountaineers have been driving themselves into competition.
With lower than a half minute to go within the half, Sam James made a spectacular leaping, one-handed catch whereas falling backward on the Texas Tech 28. A flag was thrown, so there was a name for a replay.
This ruling, too, went Texas Tech’s means. They acquired the 15-yard move interference name on the catch overruled, saying the ball hit the turf.
WVU wished seven factors because the clock turned inside 20 seconds. Quarterback JT Daniels tried to hit Reese Smith in the long run zone however defensive again Taylor Demerson made an interception that was the equal of James’ catch and WVU went to the locker room to regroup.
The Mountaineers have been outgained 267 to 142 within the half and had simply 367 dashing yards, which went fully towards what they have been attempting to perform.
WVU acquired the second half kickoff, put itself right into a third-and-18 state of affairs with a holding name, then tried to get deep with Bryce Ford-Wheaton. The move was on track, however wrestled from his palms by Malik Dunlap for an interception.
The importance of that hardly settled in when, on the Crimson Raiders’ second play of the half, quarterback Behran Morton accomplished a troublesome move to Xavier White, who delivered it into the tip zone 55 yards away, and with the snap of a finger it was 24-3.
A freshman beginning his second recreation, Morton accomplished 28 of 45 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns with out an interception.
From there, the second half changed into a catastrophe. Texas Tech outgained WVU 594 yards to 282, outrushing them 239 to 73 and throwing for 355 yards.
The offense turned the ball over 4 instances for WVU, with Daniels throwing three interceptions for the primary time in his profession.
WVU is now 3-4 and faces TCU, maybe the most effective crew within the league, at midday on Saturday at house.