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Three Thoughts on Texas Tech’s 48-10 Win Over West Virginia

NCAA Football: West Virginia at Texas Tech

Texas Tech hosted West Virginia on Saturday in a battle of two teams trying to find their footing in the crowded Big 12 Conference. The Red Raiders were looking to snap a two-game losing streak coming out of a bye week at home, while West Virginia had a mini-bye week following their win over Baylor last Thursday night in Morgantown. The loser of this game would fall into the bottom third of the Big 12 standings, while the winner would believe it could be a surprise team in the league down the home stretch.

It was the Red Raiders coming out with a huge 48-10 win over the Mountaineers. Here are three thoughts on the game.

 

1. Texas Tech’s Dominant First Half

The Red Raiders dominated this game over the opening 30 minutes (and beyond, but let’s address the first half). They came out of their bye week explosive and fresh on both sides of the ball. Offensively, Texas Tech was a ridiculous 6/7 on fourth downs in the first half. They finished with 162 passing yards as Behren Morton was spreading the ball around to nine different receivers throughout the opening half.

Defensively, the Red Raiders held WVU to 142 total yards (36 rushing), including a key interception from Dadrion Taylor-Demerson (who also led the team with seven tackles in the first half) as the Mountaineers were driving in the final minute of the half in TTU territory.

Joey McGuire could not have drawn up a better start to the game in front of the home crowd.

 

2. Texas Tech has Found Its Signal Caller

Many Tech fans will say, “We all already knew this”. But I wanted to see at least one more game after the Oklahoma State performance. Behren Morton has the ability and the confidence to be a top tier quarterback in the Big 12 Conference over the next few years. Just like any level of football, you need a quarterback, and they’re not as easy to find as we would like to think. But Behren Morton, who finished the game 28/45 for 325 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions, has the poise to win big in Lubbock and bring this program back to prominence and where it was nearly 15 years ago.

Here’s what I would consider one is his best passes of the day, which put Tech up 30-3.

Now, they just need to find more pieces around him.

 

3. The Mountaineers Show No Fight on the Road, Again

Maybe it wasn’t as ugly as the Texas game when the Mountaineers trailed 28-0 in the blink of an eye, but considering the Mountaineers were coming off a comeback home victory against Baylor and had some extra time off, WVU came out completely flat. They gave up over 250 yards of offense in the first half and 594 for the game.

Then in the second half this turned into an embarrassment for Neal Brown and the Mountaineers. They showed no fight or resiliency as the game went on. That’s in indictment on this coaching staff as much as it is the players.

WVU got outgained 594-282 and lost the turnover battle 4-0.

This was one of those games Neal Brown had to win to get to bowl eligibility and feel safe about 2023 and beyond. With this loss, and the way it went down, the seat should only be getting hotter.

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