3. West Virginia 42, Texas Tech 34
Don’t get hung up on West Virginia needing to hang on for dear life late.
This was and is a good Texas Tech team that roasted a good Oklahoma State team, and the Mountaineers managed to get out of Lubbock unbeaten with a 42-34 win.
Now they need to figure out how to close.
Will Grier was on fire early on the way to a 28-point first quarter, the defense came up with three interceptions, and there was enough of a cushion to withstand the late flurry. But it would’ve been nice to have taken away the drama.
But that’s what the Texas Tech offense is for. It’s built to come back in a hurry, and with Alan Bowman getting knocked out of the game, Jett Duffey came in and added a whole other element to the mix.
He threw two interceptions to go along with the 172 yards and a score, and he also led the team with 86 rushing yards and a score. He might not be the big-time passer most Red Raider quarterbacks are, but with his mobility, he’s a scary option.
And West Virginia had a problem with the curveball in the second half. The offense didn’t help the cause, either.
Keith Washington’s pick six turned into the only Mountaineer points after halftime, helping everyone to exhale after the O built up a 35-10 lead.
There weren’t any turnovers, but the 13 penalties, no second half points, and the inability to run consistently made this closer than it should’ve been.
But West Virginia is 4-0 and looking like one of the three best teams in the Big 12. With Kansas, Iowa State, and Baylor up next, play three complete games, be 7-0 before going to Texas.