Only three games have featured the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the West Virginia Mountaineers battling one another on the gridiron. Two of them have been in Texas.
The first time these two programs squared off came in the 1938 Sun Bowl. It was decided by an extra point. The Mountaineers were able to block an extra point after Tech’s Charlie Calhoun scored a one-yard rushing touchdown.
Aside from the meeting at the Sun Bowl, the two teams never faced each other as non-conference opponents. Another notable fact is at least one team has entered this matchup undefeated in Big 12 play. In addition, the Mountaineers have never defeated Texas Tech as a member of the Big 12.
The 2012 matchup featured an unbeaten West Virginia team who was ranked in the top five in the nation. Coming off a 70-35 Orange Bowl victory over Clemson, the Mountaineers were a favorite to win the Big 12 Conference. They defeated Baylor in a 133-point affair. The following week West Virginia escaped Austin with a 48-45 victory over Texas. In the meantime, Texas Tech had just been brutalized by Oklahoma and there was no chance they’d overcome that to beat a top-five West Virginia squad.
The Red Raiders marched out of the tunnel and quarterback Seth Doege ran for a touchdown on the opening drive. From that point on, Texas Tech dominated the game and upset West Virginia 49-14. The students rushed the field and Texas Tech rejoiced in the celebration. Each team would muster up just two victories afterwards though.
Texas Tech visited Morgantown in 2013 and that time it was the Red Raiders with the undefeated record. Unlike the Tech team who had been written off in 2012, many thought West Virginia could pull off an upset, particularly after doing so against Oklahoma State.
It was a back-and-forth affair and the Mountaineers held the lead to begin the fourth quarter, but freshman quarterback Davis Webb led the offense to 14 points in the fourth quarter. A nice display by the defense kept West Virginia off the board and a late strike from Webb to Jace Amaro sealed the deal allowing the Red Raiders to secure Kliff Kingsbury’s seventh victory as a head coach and remain unbeaten.
Texas Tech looks to protect its home turf 6 p.m. Saturday at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock.
Jan. 1, 1938 in El Paso: West Virginia 7 Texas Tech 6
Oct. 13, 2012 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 49 West Virginia 14
Oct. 19, 2013 in Morgantown: Texas Tech 37 West Virginia 27
Texas Tech-West Virginia Series History
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