The Texas Tech Red Raiders improved to (7-0) on the season as they scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to top the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb became the first freshman in school history to throw for more than 400 yards in his first two starts, he passed for 462 yards to help the 16th-ranked Red Raiders win 37-27.
Webb broke the school freshman single-game record of 422 yards set by Billy Joe Tolliver against TCU in 1985 and surpassed his own effort of 415 yards last week against Iowa State.
Webb completed 36 of 50 passes and threw for two touchdowns to lead Texas Tech.
West Virginia was successful on the ground, Dreamius Smith ran for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Smith found a good bit of daylight by hitting cutback lanes against the Red Raiders defense, which came into the game as the best rush defense in the Big 12.
Mountaineer running back Charles Sims ran for 77 yards on 15 carries. West Virginia punted on four straight possessions in the second half to let Texas Tech take over the game.
Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury secured a win in his first head-to-head matchup against West Virginia’s head coach Dana Holgorsen. Kingsbury was the Red Raiders quarterback from 1999-02, while Holgorsen was the team’s wide receivers coach from 2000-04.
West Virginia pulled ahead 27-16 late in the third quarter, but then the Red Raiders struck for 21 unanswered points to put the game on ice.
The Mountaineers went with Clint Trickett at quarterback on every offensive snap. He was inconsistent once again, floating passes over the middle, but also connecting on them from time to time as well.
Trickett finished the game 27-of-43 for 254 yards and one touchdown pass. He’s still throwing deep balls into coverage without going through his progressions, but does have a knack for getting pass interference called on opposing defensive backs, though often times the penalty is the result of a poorly thrown ball.
The Mountaineers leading receiver was Daikiel Shorts with 9 receptions for 78 yards. Kevin White caught 5 passes for 77 yards.
Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro caught 9 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns, while Kenny Williams led the Red Raiders rushing attack with 16 carries for 58 yards and two touchdowns.
Texas Tech came out of the gates with a 13-0 lead, but lost two second-quarter fumbles that allowed the Mountaineers to tie it at halftime.
The Red Raiders had 462 passing yards, West Virginia could only manage 254 yards through the air. The loss drops the Mountaineers to (3-4, 1-3) on the season.
Both teams will resume next week when Texas Tech plays at Oklahoma and West Virginia plays at Kansas State.