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Updated: Texas Tech upsets No. 5 WVU

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Updated 7:03 p.m. ET: Things didn’t get any better for No. 5 West Virginia in the second half. Texas Tech continued to dominate the Mountaineers in every aspect of the game, winning by a whopping 49-14.

Geno Smith still managed 275 yards — on 55 attempts, mind you — and kept his interception-less streak alive. But, Smith was upstaged by TTU quarterback Seth Doege, who tossed for 499 yards and six scores. And Tech’s defense? Outstanding all game. The Red Raiders may not have the best defense in the country statistically like they did before last week’s loss to Oklahoma, but it’s clearly improved from a year ago.

Smith’s Heisman chances — because let’s face it, that’s the story for WVU now that a BCS championship is out of the picture  — took a bit of a hit, but he still has some cushion. Like Robert Griffin III and Baylor last season, the pressure is on Smith and this offense to be near perfect because of the defensive ineptitude.

We saw today what happens when they’re not.


I’d like to apologize to the fine people of West Virginia. By stating last week that the Mountaineers needed to be taken seriously in the Big 12 for a 48-45 win on the road against Texas, which now looks less impressive following Oklahoma’s rout of the Longhorns today, I have jinxed this team something fierce.

That, or WVU just isn’t as good as its No. 5 ranking claims. Or, I don’t know what I’m talking about. It’s all possible. Regardless, the Mountaineers are absolutely getting manhandled by Texas Tech 35-7 at the half.

The Mountaineer defense has been predictably awful, but it’s Texas Tech’s defense that is the story of the game so far. WVU was 5-for-5 on fourth down conversions against UT last week; they’ve yet to convert one today. That’s been one of the big differences in the game so far.

TTU is getting all kinds of pressure on Geno Smith and locking down arguably the best one-two punch of receivers in the Big 12 in Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin. This offense is good, but it’s having a tough time finding the end zone and the defense is too much of a liability.

Lubbock is a funny place where favored teams can easily come out with a loss. WVU is getting to know this first hand. Of course, if any offense is built to come back it’s this one, but you have to play defense for that. So, we’re about 30 minutes away from saying it together:

“Welcome to the Big 12, West Virginia.”

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15 Responses to “Updated: Texas Tech upsets No. 5 WVU”
  1. baloneyjohn says: Oct 13, 2012 5:24 PM

    They thought they were hot. Maybe, but the first half was ALL Texas Tech.
    I hope this hurts Luck, their prima donna AD.

  2. normtide says: Oct 13, 2012 5:30 PM

    Wvu can still come back, but that defense will cost them a couple of games this year.

  3. goodfieldnohit says: Oct 13, 2012 6:14 PM

    They aren’t coming back in this game.

    The fact that WVU is 3 points better than texas shows how over rated both of them are.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Oct 13, 2012 6:18 PM

    Wow! Texas is in deep do do.

  5. dcroz says: Oct 13, 2012 6:27 PM

    Tuberville strikes again. He did this all the time at Auburn: beat the top-rated teams he wasn’t supposed to have a chance against, then lose to the teams that were supposed to be scrimmages. He always found ways to beat Florida, Georgia, LSU, and Alabama, but then would lose to mediocre Arkansas or South Florida teams. He did the same thing last year at Tech when he beat #1 Oklahoma in Norman while getting crushed against every other half-decent team he faced. You can use many terms to describe Tubs, but “predictable” ain’t one of them.

  6. mikefoxtrottango says: Oct 13, 2012 6:36 PM

    “Lubbock is a funny place where favored teams can easily come out with a loss”

    Apparently the author hasn’t watched much football in Lubbock the past three years. Texas Tech hasn’t won a conference game at home in almost two years. This will be Tubbs just 2nd conference win at home in what is his 3rd year at Tech.

    This win will fire up a program that is still in decline.

  7. bertumc1 says: Oct 13, 2012 6:48 PM

    It appears West Virginia was not ready for this game.

  8. jdillydawg says: Oct 13, 2012 6:50 PM

    I never got all the hype. A one touchdown victory over Baylor (seriously, that game coulda gone either way) and a squeeker over Texas which has been overrated all season.

    It was only a matter of time before the wheels fell off.

  9. thefiesty1 says: Oct 13, 2012 7:19 PM

    A small ding in Geno’s Heisman trophy acceptance.

  10. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Oct 13, 2012 7:44 PM

    Goes to show that offense can disappear and defense will always come out on top at the end of the day. How people still fail to realize this amazes me.

  11. linedrivehit says: Oct 13, 2012 8:03 PM

    I tried to tell you folks when they scored 70 points that until they learned to play defense they were not ready for primetime. I got a lot of “thumbs down” when I posted it, but hey, the truth hurts sometimes.

  12. manchestermiracle says: Oct 14, 2012 12:07 AM

    linedrivehit: Same here when I questioned all the hype for Smith in throwing 8 TDs over a secondary that was MIA. No team without a defense belongs in the top 10. I still like Geno, he’s the real deal (and more accurate than Matt Barkley and I’m a USC fan), it’s just too bad there’s no one on the other side of the ball.

  13. dmcgrann says: Oct 14, 2012 12:08 AM

    Folks keep talking about the “Dana Holgrosen high-powered offense”. But, last season, that “high-powered offense” trailed Norfolk State at halftime. 7 points over Baylor, 10 points over Maryland, and 3 points over Texas this year? Not “high-powered”. Not in the least. Today was an embarrassment.

  14. normtide says: Oct 14, 2012 12:14 AM

    I have actually heard rumors that a couple of SEC schools may make a run at hiring Holgrosen. If one does, they better spare no expense finding an awesome DC.

  15. footballleprechaun says: Oct 14, 2012 4:25 AM

    I live in Morgantown and cannot stomach the ‘eers lol They’ll be lucky to finish in the top 20 They ran up stats with cupcakes and padded their stats against no defense teams Maryland in this – a rebuilding year- gave them all they wanted When they finally face a team with a hint of defense ( kudos to TTU) they crumble The WVU defense couldnt stop a sneeze and were out-of-breath and out of shape and just plain weary in the 4th qtr against TTech it was so comical listening to the local radio stations making excuses for their poor play ” big 12 shouldn’t be allowed to schedule back to back trips to Texas 2 weeks in a row for the Mountaineers” and other Bologna no 1 told them the way before of Big East football conf which guaranteed them a BCS bowl and sign up for the big 12 such an idiotic and pedestrian intelligence

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