No. 16 Texas Tech expected a big test from West Virginia in Morgantown and it got one.
The Red Raiders fought back from an 11-point second-half deficit to defeat the Mountaineers 37-27 and move to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the Big 12.
"I knew they had to sit around for two weeks on that Baylor loss, and I know what type of coach and motivator Dana (Holgorsen) is; I knew they would bring their best punch," Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. "We got up early, but they kept fighting, and I was impressed by their effort. They have a good ball club."
Freshman quarterback Davis Webb passed for a Big 12 season-high 462 yards and broke the school record for most passing yards in a game by a freshman set by Billy Joe Tolliver (425 yards) in 1985. Webb also completed 36 of 50 passes, threw two touchdowns and no interceptions.
"He's always had the ability. The thing I'm most impressed about is his determination and work ethic," Kingsbury said. "It puts him in a position to be this type of player. I'm proud of that more than anything. He had some throws he'd like to have back, but he did well overall today."
Webb's favorite targets were once again Jace Amaro (nine catches, 136 yards, two touchdowns) and Bradley Marquez (8 receptions, 122 yards).
Running backs Kenny Williams and Deandre Washington were very productive for the second consecutive week. Williams finished with 58 yards and two scores on the ground and caught five passes for 62 yards. Washington rushed for 31 yards and added another 67 yards on six grabs.
The Red Raiders were also able to salt the game away with the running game for the second consecutive week as Tech ran the ball six times for 27 yards on their final meaningful drive.
The Red Raider defense surrendered points on five consecutive drives as West Virginia (3-4, 1-3) took a 27-16 lead with 2:40 remaining in the third quarter. But, Texas Tech's defense would shut down the Mountaineers the rest of the game, forcing four punts, one turnover on downs and three three-and-outs as the Red Raiders scored the final 21 points to win.
Texas Tech jumped out to a 13-0 lead after a 10-yard touchdown pass from Davis Webb to Jace Amaro and a pair of field goals by Ryan Bustin on drives that stalled in the red zone.
West Virginia got on the board with 9:01 left in the second quarter on a 36-yard kick by Josh Lambert.
The Red Raiders mounted a 10-play, 81-yard drive on the next possession but Webb fumbled at the one on a quarterback draw.
Everything changed from there.
West Virginia converted a third and ten from its one, a third and 14 from its own 13 and turned a third and one into a 38-yard touchdown run by Dreamius Smith.
Texas Tech fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving the Mountaineers the ball at the Red Raiders' 17 with just under two minutes remaining in the first half. The Texas Tech defense would hold though, forcing West Viginia to settle on a 30-yard kick by Lambert to tie the game heading into the break.
The Mountaineers scored on a four-yard pass from Clint Trickett to Charles Sims on the opening drive of the second half to take its first lead of the game at 20-13. Texas Tech trimmed the lead to 27-16 on the following drive on another kick by Bustin.
Texas Tech travels to Norman next week to take on No. 18 Oklahoma.
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