BGN Players of the Game: Texas Tech

Dreamius Smith and Jared Barber were named BlueGoldNews.com Players of the Game in West Virginia's 37-27 loss to No. 16 Texas Tech.

Smith rushed 16 times for 89 yards, with his longest a 22-yarder. He also scored two of West Virginia's three touchdowns, the other coming on a Clint Trickett-to-Charles Sims pass in the flats in which the back turned it up to give WVU the lead. The back showed solid burst, and outpaced Sims by 12 yards, and an average of 5.6 yards per carry to Sims' 5.1.

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Offensive Player of the Game
Dreamius Smith
16 carries, 89 yards/2 2 TD
Both backs were intricate in a much smoother looking Mountaineer offense that, at one point, managed scores on five straight possessions and gained 183 rushing yards to take some pressure off Trickett and the receivers.

That same offense, however, gained just one first down on its final five series of the game in eventually allowing Texas Tech to rally from a 27-16 deficit to the 37-27 win. The Red Raiders, now 7-0, were the third consecutive undefeated top 20 team the Mountaineers have faced.

Barber led the defense with nine tackles, seven solo, with 1.5 tackles for loss and a pass break-up. Barber helped try and limit Tech tight end Jace Amaro, who amassed 136 yards on nine catches, two for touchdowns. Barber said Amaro was the best tight end he had ever faced, with WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen saying that even when Amaro was covered, he still made catches.

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Defensive Player of the Game
Jared Barber
9 tackles, 7 solo/1.5 TFL, 1 PBU
Texas Tech racked up 573 yards of offense, 462 through the air, but were limited by a Mountaineer defense that forced two turnovers, including one at the goal line to prevent a 20-3 deficit that might have sealed the game.

The other offensive nominees were receiver Daikiel Shorts and Trickett. Shorts caught nine passes for 78 yards, while Trickett completed 27 of 43 passes for 254 yards and the touchdown to Sims. He did not throw an interception in helping the Mountaineers win the turnover margin. Besides Barber, fellow linebackers Isaiah Bruce, who forced and recovered the Tech fumble near the goalline, and Nick Kwiatkoski, eight tackles, all solo, were defensive nominees.


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