The fact that Texas Tech had one of the best defenses in the country was a bit unbelievable but Saturday the Red Raiders shutdown one of the most potent offenses in the country plus the Heisman Trophy front runner. We believe now, it’s proven.The Red Raider defense frustrated West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith who finished 29 of 55 passing for 275 yards and one touchdown. Far below the numbers Smith has been putting up this season.
West Virginia’s offense did put up 406 yards of total offense but no WVU running back had 100 yards and the Mountaineer receivers were held to double digits in yards.Not to mention a WVU offense used to scoring at will only totaled 14 points Saturday afternoon in Lubbock.
Texas Tech safety D.J. Johnson, who had six tackles against West Virginia, explains the Red Raider game plan against the Mountaineers. (Thanks techathletics)
“We just didn't execute offensively.” West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said. “We didn't finish blocks in the run game. We didn't throw and catch like we normally throw and catch. We obviously didn't finish drives very well. So it was a poor performance offensively.”Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege looked more like the front runner for the Heisman Trophy. Doege was 32 of 42 passing for a career high 499 yards and tied a career high with six touchdowns.
“The success that he [Doege] had today, I think a lot of people across the country saw it because everybody matches quarterback when's you watch them on television, and they've [West Virginia, Geno Smith] got a great quarterback.” Texas Tech head coach Tom Tuberville said. “That kid is a player. I thought Seth obviously did a heck of a job in just running our offense. Running the ball, taking the screens when they gave it to him, throwing the ball deep and making big plays.”Here’s the highlights including Tubs in the locker room pre and post game. (Thanks techathletics)