Taking stock of how West Virginia blanketed the Red Raiders

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Some 49 games and nearly four calendar years had elapsed since Texas Tech failed to throw for 200 yards in a game, a streak that withered against West Virginia’s defense.

Using canopy coverage to discourage deep passes and limiting underneath damage by tackling better than in recent weeks, the Mountaineers won their first Big 12 game of the season 31-26 by defusing one of the country’s most prolific offenses.

The Lunch recognizes feats of exceptional skill and valor, and holding Texas Tech 21 points below its average certainly qualifies. So here’s a big ol’ up arrow, Tony Gibson.

“I thought we played really well, especially against a high-powered offense like them,” Gibson said. “They’re the third-best offense in America, according to stats. I was glad the kids got a little bit of their swagger back.”

The Monday stock report never lacks for swagger, though we wouldn’t want to try to tackle Jakeem Grant in the flat, chase Patrick Mahomes sideline to sideline or mock Branden Jackson’s neighborhood. We do our swaggering in the studio, so check out today’s unit-by-unit postgame review.

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