MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia held a double-digit lead in the third quarter, the first time Texas Tech trailed in the second half all season. But the Mountaineers were outgained 164-19 in the final period of what became a 37-27 loss.

“We had them up against the ropes at the end of the third quarter,” said West Virginia senior center Pat Eger. “But they made more plays than us. They deserved to win that football game.

“They came out in that fourth quarter and dominated that fourth quarter. Hats off to them for doing that.”

West Virginia (3-4, 1-3 Big 12) lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, while Texas Tech (7-0, 4-0) has won its first seven games for only the fourth time in program history.

Changing direction when a left-side zone run was clogged, Dreamius Smith dashed right for a 38-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

He added a 12-yard touchdown in the third quarter that put WVU ahead 27-16 and had Mountaineer Field primed for an upset. But his team never scored again, and despite a season-high 89 yards on 16 carries, Smith was on the short end of a 37-27 final.

“I mean, Texas Tech, they’re a good team, but at the end of the day, if we make a few plays … we get this win,” Smith said.

The storyline of player vs. mentor was in heavy rotation this week as Kliff Kingsbury faced off against Holgorsen, his former coach at Texas Tech and superior at Houston.

“There was some personal stuff there—all positive,” Kingsbury said. “Anytime you beat somebody that’s your mentor it’s fun.”

Kingsbury also was reacquainted with WVU running back Charles Sims, whom Kingsbury coached at Houston and tried to lure to Texas Tech as a transfer last spring. (Houston coach Tony Levine prohibited Sims from transferring to any school in Texas.) Sims ran for 77 yards on 15 carries and caught seven passes for 32 yards and a touchdown.

“Charles (Sims), to see him have the success—he’s one of my favorite players to ever coach,” Kingsbury said. “He’s going to be a great player at the next level. I was hoping I was going to get him at Texas Tech, but that didn’t work out. He’s an unbelievable player. I’m glad he’s here and having success.”

“I’m just glad they didn’t beat us.”

On an otherwise stellar afternoon, quarterback Davis Webb made one crucial mistake that riled Kingsbury and cost Texas Tech a touchdown.

Texas Tech led 13-3 with six minutes left in the half when Webb saw a ginormous gap open at the WVU 13. He scrambled untouched inside the 3 past the first-down marker, but tried to touchdown wiggle between three defenders at the goal line instead of sliding.

A pop from safety Darwin Cook and a second thud from linebacker Isaiah Bruce jarred the ball free at the 1, where Bruce fell on the fumble.

WVU answered with a 99-yard touchdown drive, part of 20 unanswered points for the Mountaineers.

“On that one I was mad because we talk about sliding all the time,” Kingsbury said. “He’s not the most nimble guy to try and jump in the end zone.”

Though the Red Raides came in unbeaten, they haven’t been embraced by national media and analysts, many of whom picked Tech to lose Saturday in Morgantown.

“That’s great—I hope they keep saying it,” Kingsbury said. “I hope they keep giving us that locker room material.”

Back in July, Texas Tech was picked seventh in the Big 12 preseason poll, and Kingsbury has continually reminded his team about the slight.

“We’re still trying to prove to people that we’re not that bad,” he said.

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  • Big Larry

    I just moved Lubbock TX.

  • pghmountaineer

    Dana is a protege of Mike Leach. They only pay attention to the offense. They wouldn't know a good defense if it hit them in the face.

  • pghmountaineer

    Doc isn;t the answer. We need a proven coach who has either rebuilt a program or has a wining program. There are a lot of good young coahes out there who are successful.
    It's time to make the move. Look at So. Cal, Auburn, Tennessee, etc..., They didn't want a mediocre program. You have to make a commitment to win.

    • Bryan

      Well we at least agree on one thing. WVU did make a commitment and now we should honor and support that commitment, at the end of this commitment if the coach hasn't done his job then move on. I think part of the problem with most is they are afraid he will end up doing a good job and then move on to better things, and that is the norm for today's coaches follow the big names and money.

  • Bryan

    Ok, ok I give, Dana sucks. Let's fire him bring in Doc fire him in two years when we still aren't better bring in who ever you want for two years fire them ect... I'm with you guys now sorry it took so long to see your point. Let's do it now, all in!

  • Rock Solid

    As usual we have those who say everything will get better, that the teams we play are SO GOOD. We arn't even competitive like we were when we played VaTech, Boston College, others in the past who were very good. We made up for it in grit and determination. Now our QB comes off the field smiling after another 3 and out. I think he is smiling because he knew the call from the coaches was lame and when he ran the play it had little chance for success. When it failed over and over his only thought was "hell I could have done better than that if I had just made up a play like I did against OK State" and got Hollgerson mad because I didn't follow his script". Trickett is a better coach than our million dollar guru. Don't get mad at Trickett he is just following orders. Only problem i have with Trickett is every throw looks like it is floating unless it is less than ten yards. Clint just doesn't have the arm or the body to be a big time TOP QB in BIG TIME FOOTBALL. Love his heart, without him we could have never beaten OK STATE

  • Joe

    While a member of the Big East and, before that, the Eastern Independent League, we had seasons that saw us win the Sugar, Fiesta, and Orange Bowls and play for a national championship against number 1 Notre Dame.

    I do not buy the argument that now because we are in the Big 12 we have to accept this lack of fight and coaching and recruiting.

    • Bryan

      Over what 101 years? Never said we didn't have a few good seasons in fact I have stated over and over the point that we have had only a few of those seasons in our history and now we are once again rebuilding which is nothing new and for some reason some can't take this fact and want to axe a coach who is just starting in a new conference with better athletes, why? If we treat or would have treated every coach this way we would have had what, 50 some head coaches by now. Truth of the matter is he's not doing great nor is he doing bad, this team is right where it was projected to be. I'm pretty sure that Luck knows more about what is needed than you or I and anyone else on here and if needed will make changes when required.

  • Jack

    If a team expects to win, they have to be well prepared, be confident, and demonstrate a desire to win. Improvement is expected with each game as players and coaches gain experience. I don't know if it's a lack of talent or just not putting enough effort. Great teams like Alabama, Oregon, and Florida State just reload every year with outstanding coaching staffs and great players whether their freshmen or seniors. Saban and Fisher don't make excuses. There a difference between being great and being just plain bad.

    • Bryan

      Yeah wonder what the difference in those programs and ours is ? Seriously, you want to compare our program with the ones you mentioned? Guess we can see why you will never be happy as a Mountaineer fan. New AP pole out and we lost to the current #6, #10 and #17 teams in the country, got lucky and upset #19 and people can't figure out we are down right now, unreal. So far we are right where the preseason projections had us. Can't figure out for the life of me what people expect. And anyone that thinks this conference is down and no better than what we were in is crazy.

  • richard

    to all the sunshine wvu fans.......i have a right to complain. i'll just tell it like it is------i give a check every year (5 digits) to support a program. i give it freely because i want to, but wvu also ask me for it as a donation. so i think i have a right to complain when i see what is going on in the athletic department at wvu. this coaching staff is poor to average at best. they are recruiting poor to average players. the play calling is awful (run it with this o-line, when we need 14 yards on 3rd down)? the players hardly ever look ready to play, and as far as trickett coming to the sideline always laughing or smiling---no QB i see ever acts this way. he should be mad and have a desire to correct what he did wrong. to trickett it's all a joke and funny. damn right i have a right to say what i want. i guess you fans that have rose colored glasses on are happy with whats going on. you are happy with losing. sometimes you have to make hard decisions and you have to be hard on people if you want to win. you won't ever have a winner if you keep making excuses for losing and saying "maybe next year". maybe, just maybe, the ones who are upset and complaining want a winner and are more of a fan than you are. if you are a true fan and you would do and say what needs to be said and done,they would have a winning record. if it's more of the same next year------then there needs to be a coaching change.

    • William

      @Richard - It's nice of you to "share the wealth"! But it's very stupid of you to give it to WVU! I can think of a lot of places that I would give money to, and it would not be to a place that spends and waste money like they do. THAT WOULD BE LIKE GIVING MONEY TO THE DONALD.
      Spend your money more wiser, give it to the poor.

  • Allan

    I have another bone to pick. Watching the interview videos I was amazed with the classless presentations by coach Dawson and Patterson. One coach couldn't put together a coherent sentence or use words with more than one syllable and the other chewing on something while trying to explain, yet again, why the hell we lost, yet again.

  • Allan

    I think the next few years will show that the experiment with JUCO players will fail. There's a reason why they are JUCO's, they just aren't that good. We were lucky with Bruce Irvin, but if it takes one year for them to adjust, then we have only one year they might be able to produce and then they are gone and we have to reload continuity. I agree with Richard, don't like a player coming to the sideline after he screwed up and having a smile on his face. How he ever thought he was a QB is beyond me, he is not a D1 quality QB. Millard isn't either and Childress will never be the starting QB either. Mountaineer Fans, we are the grand experiment and when Oliver Luck leaves us, and he will, and the others move on to bigger and better things...we will be left with the toxic waste they leave behind.

  • Steve

    I guess you guys are right, we are terrible. Do us all a favor and quit watching them. Go golfing, fishing, go to a concert and leave the real mountaineer fans alone. I have been a fan for 30 some years and have seen the good and the bad, Have watched games with fans just like you guys and laughed at the all the way home. Smart guys who can see ALL the negatives and when things do turn around you are the best fans we ever had.
    you Guys do know or do you, that the four big twelve teams we have played have a total of two losses and we handed out one of them. Interesting, we're not playing high school teams here. You should also know that at least two of them had two weeks to watch and prepare for us and when were as " bad" as you say we are that is more than enough time.
    I'm not making excuses, Trickett could be better, our offensive line could be better. Our defense is better but the offenses we have played have been pretty good.
    I think Holgerson is great with great qbs, but I'm not sure he has the patients with an average or young qb. Play calling and motivation does not seem to be his strengths at this point. He is very stubborn and and needs to be a little more enthusiastic when thing are good even if it is not done his way. I know he got to conservative yesterday in the fourth quarter and that made Trickett to nervous to look down field. We do have some problems but I know the big twelve did us no favors when putting this schedule together.
    I really think you Guys should go watch Alabama, The Ohio State, Oregon, anybody but WVU because their teams are all "perfect". You all would have so much more fun some where else or maybe not,you could not CRY about everything being bad. Keep the faith and go Mountaineers.

    • Maxxajay

      @ Steve, I agree with you 100%. What we have on here posting all this negative junk is arm chair coaches who never go to a game who never buy any products at the school who does not support them in any way or fashion except they live in West Virginia and thinking that they own the team... WVU will not every year go undefeated every year they will lose 1. 2 . 3 games maybe 4 but that's the way it is... It is what it is. The teams they have lost to has or was ranked in the top 25....We got 5 games left ... Win them . We are 8 and 4 ....

  • southernmountie

    Announcers hit it spot on....we have tons of JUCO players and others who have not went thru a whole season and even a whole offseason together....chemistry matters....let them learn to play together this year and next spring....come next fall, we'll be good....

    • EMC2

      Next year will be just as bad as this year. This coaching staff has no clue. Luck gave DH the worst contract known to man, so we are stuck with this bum for another two years.

      If there is anybody to blame here, blame Oliver Luck for giving DH an unbreakable contract.

  • susanf1218

    You say that "WVU got beat by a team that was better today". Along w/almost every other team we have played, or will play this season. So, I guess the obvious conclusion is that the team is just not very good - on all three sides of the ball. And this can't be fixed w/the current coaching staff.

    • Truth Teller

      Getting smarter, can't be fixed with this staff or any staff. And your right this team is just not that good, wasn't projected to be that good and the season is right on track, beat who we should, lost to ranked teams who are better and to our plus even managed an upset. The only thing wrong this season is the unrealistic expectations put upon this staff and team by a few fans who obviously have no idea what they are talking about or really even know the history of WVU. Never have been a consistent power and truth be told probably never will be. Other than the Rodriguez run WVU has not even been a consistent top twenty five team. With all that said however, I'm glad you finally can see this season for what it is, not a very good team.

  • wvajoker

    We lose a game and everyone wants to second guess the coaches, the players, and everyones abilities but there own. No one here has the knowledge to be a coach or the abilities to second guess anyone. It is like a Jackass braying at the corral gate. For whatever reason WVU got beat by a team that was better today. The coaches and the players know why they were better, and the armchair coaches that want to coach on comments here need stop putting down the Mountaineers. The team needs encouragement, not kicked while they are down.

    • WVWho

      These coaches make 6 to 7 figures because of the expectations that they are knowledgable and will won football games. Fans buy the tickets and gear to pay these coaches and shouldn't expect anything less than 8 or 9 win seasons.

  • doug

    We do not have a QB. That is clear. Childress might be the best but has been hurt and doesn't show it. Millard is a back up at best. Trickett, he is a better back up then Millard. Holgorsen needs to recruit a QB that can start next year. Our recievers are only as good as the person throwing to them. White, Thompson, and shorts are very good recievers but there is no one that can throw the ball to them. Our Oline can't give anyone time to throw the ball or open a hole for RB. Bailey knew how bad the QB was going to be this year that's why he didn't stay. He would have been the go to guy this year but no one can throw it to him.