Notebook: Tech Weekly Media Luncheon

Texas Tech has never played in Morgantown, in fact the Red Raiders have never played a snap in the state of West Virginia. Several Tech players and coaches voiced their excitement abut the trip during Monday's weekly press conference but added they have no illusions about the atmosphere waiting for them and their 11 a.m. Saturday kickoff against the Mountaineers at Puskar Stadium.

Texas Tech has never played in Morgantown, in fact the Red Raiders have never played a snap in the state of West Virginia.

Several Tech players and coaches voiced their excitement abut the trip during Monday's weekly press conference but added they have no illusions about the atmosphere awaiting them at the 11 a.m. Saturday kickoff at Puskar Stadium.

"I've never been to West Virginia, I hear it's a great venue, I think it's going to be exciting, it'll be electric," Tech defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt said. "They say fans are outside as you pull up on the bus and they're pushing on your bus and making it sway. It ought to be a great environment."

Kingsbury shrugged off any travel concerns, as he does with most outside distractions, adding other then an earlier flight they will keep the usual routine.

"I think our kids will be more excited then anything, most of them have never been to West Virginia in their lives. They say the stadium is unbelievable, the fans are unbelievable. So it will be a great atmosphere for all of us to experience."

One Texas Tech player knows full-well what type of crowd to expect Saturday. Defensive end Branden Jackson grew up in nearby McKeesport, PA and attended several West Virginia games. He's excited about playing in front of friends and family for the first time as a Red Raider, but warned his teammates about the Mountaineer faithful.

"I told them they're going to smell beer from time we get off the plane to the time we hit the stadium," Jackson said. "The crowd's going to be loud, they're going to be rude, they're going to be crazy, but it's going to make for a great atmosphere. I think they have one of the best stadiums to play in on the road."

Coaching staff ties
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen spent seven seasons at Texas Tech as an assistant coach under Mike Leach.

In that time he mentored several current Red Raider coaches, including Kliff Kingsbury.

Kingsbury also credits Holgorsen for giving him his first coaching start.

"We go way back," Kingsbury said Monday. "He coached inside receivers when I was playing quarterback here and then when I got out of playing he's the one who got me a job at the University of Houston and I actually lived with him when I worked there. We're very close, but obviously we don't talk as much now that we're in the same conference, but I have a ton of respect for him and I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for him."

Former Texas Tech wide receiver great Lyle Leong, who ranks second all-time in touchdowns with 32, is a member of Holgorsen's staff along with former Texas Tech assistant coach Brian Mitchell.

Quick Hits
- Texas Tech is 1-1 all-time against West Virginia.
- West Virginia won the first matchup, 7-6, in the 1937 Sun Bowl and Texas Tech won 49-14 last year in Lubbock.
- Kliff Kingsbury is the first coach in Big 12 history to win the first six games of his career. - Texas Tech became the first team in the Big 12 to become bowl eligible with the 42-35 win over Iowa State on Saturday.
- Deandre Washington, Kenny Williams and Sadale Foster each rushed for over 80 yards against Iowa State, marking the first time Texas Tech has done so since 1973 (John Garner, Larry Isaac, James Mosley)in a 52-24 win over Baylor.
- Texas Tech's 544 total yards a game is No. 8 in the country.
- The Red Raiders rank third in the nation in passing yards with 408.8 per game.
- Texas Tech leads the Big 12 in third-down defense allowing just 29 conversions in 103 attempts (.282).
- The Red Raiders' defense ranks 17th nationally against the run, allowing just 113.2 yards a game.
- Texas Tech and Baylor are the only Big 12 to rank in the top 25 in both offense and defense.
- Texas Tech and Texas are the only Big 12 teams with three 6-0 starts since 2005.

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