MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia’s return to Milan Puskar Stadium after nearly a month away turned into a thrashing at the hands of Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders (4-5, 2-4 Big 12) decisively snapped their three-game losing streak, blasting the Mountaineers 38-17. West Virginia (3-6, 1-5) dropped its fifth straight game.
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Texas Tech 38, West Virginia 17 (0:05)
Jarret Doege and Tony Mathis were able to put a nice bow on their first career games as Doege found Mathis for a 9-yard touchdown reception with time winding down.
Texas Tech 38, West Virginia 10 (10:20)
West Virginia’s defense stiffened inside the 10 to limit the Red Raiders to a 24-yard Trey Wolff field goal on the first scoring play of the second half.
There was no scoring in the third quarter.
West Virginia drove into the red zone twice, but failed to score.
WVU turned the ball over on downs when tight end Jovani Haskins and wide receiver Ali Jennings collided with each other attempting to catch a touchdown pass. Later, on what may have been his final pass of the season, Austin Kendall was picked off throwing into quadruple coverage in the end zone.
Jarret Doege was inserted at quarterback before the final play of the quarter.
Texas Tech 35, West Virginia 10 (8:01)
Not even remotely threatened by West Virginia’s defense, the Red Raiders converted on their second fourth-and-goal play of the game. SaRodorick Thompson scored his second touchdown of the game from 1-yard out.
Texas Tech 28, West Virginia 10 (11:16)
Trickery pays off as wide receiver Isaiah Esdale connects with Kennedy McKoy for a 24-yard touchdown pass.
Texas Tech 28, West Virginia 3 (13:25)
The embarrassment continued as Texas Tech took possession on a fumble recovery on which all of West Virginia’s players were walking off the field because they assumed it was a fourth-down incompletion.
The Red Raiders went 87 yards in nine plays, capping it off on a SaRodorick Thompson’s 1-yard run.
Texas Tech 21, West Virginia 3 (4:52)
Yet another drop by West Virginia’s receiving corps proved fatal as a deflection off George Campbell’s hands went straight into cornerback Douglas Coleman’s on West Virginia’s first play after Texas Tech’s touchdown pass.
Coleman returned it 30 yards to set up his offense inside the WVU 25. Running back Ta’Zhawn Henry picked up a fourth-down conversion inside the 5, then scored from 4 yards out on the next play.
Texas Tech 14, West Virginia 3 (7:27)
Josh Norwood was caught peeking in the backfield and Dalton Ridgon blew by him for an 81-yard touchdown reception on Texas Tech’s first play of the possession.
Texas Tech 7, West Virginia 3 (7:43)
A big 50-yard connection from Austin Kendall to George Campbell put the Mountaineers inside the 10, but the momentum was snuffed out immediately on the next play when three Texas Tech tacklers greeted Kennedy McKoy for a 6-yard loss as he was getting the handoff on a draw play.
Casey Legg hit his first career field goal from 30 yards to get West Virginia on the scoreboard.
Texas Tech 7, West Virginia 0 (10:58)
Ta’Zhawn Henry ran in from 2 yards out on third-and-goal, capping an 11-play, 72-yard drive. The Red Raiders converted three third downs on the drive.
Wide receiver T.J. Simmons and kicker Evan Staley are out for today’s game. Guard Chase Behrndt is dressed out, but spent much of his time in warmups trying to get his right shoulder comfortable.