Well...certainly the Texas Tech defense had strong billing coming into this game, but not sure how many people expected that rout.
West Virginia was pounded 49-14 by the Red Raiders today, a windy day in the West Texas plains.
It was the program’s largest margin of defeat since a 45-3 loss at Miami in 2001.
Lots of problems….Where to begin?
*The defense was gashed in the first half for five touchdowns, 438 yards, and by game’s end yielded 9.5 yards a play for a total of 676 total yards.
*QB Geno Smith was “off” as he called it himself, completing a season low 29-of-55 for 295 yards and one score.
*The run game picked up a bit in the second half, but was never able to take pressure of Smith, yielding just 30 yards by halftime, and 133 yards by game’s end.
But did the WIND have any affect or not?Coach Dana Holgorsen said yes, the wind affected Smith a bit. The flags were whipping out there, about 20 miles per hour, with gusts going above 30 mph.
Holgorsen: “Geno let the wind affect him. I’ve played around here for eight years, and it wasn’t any windier today. It’s a nuisance, but if you let that be an excuse, it’s going to mess with you and I think it did.”
Just a few minutes later, Smith came out to speak with reporters.He took a lot of responsibility for the problems of the offense today, and continued by explaining they win and lose as a team and will put this one behind them.
But, then he said this when asked about the wind:
Smith: “The wind didn’t bother me. Anyone that says that obviously doesn’t know football. There are no excuses for what happened today. I was off.”
- My take is that Smith was simply trying not to come across like he was making excuses for himself, but read from this what you will...
Here is our quickie gamer:
By Jenn Menendez / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
LUBBOCK, Texas -- No. 5 West Virginia was pounded by unranked Texas Tech Saturday, losing 49-14 on an afternoon where nothing at all went well for the Mountaineers.
Not only did the defense get gashed for 438 first-half yards and five touchdowns, then 676 total yards by game's end, but even the offense led by Heisman frontrunner Geno Smith could not get much of anything going at AT&T Jones Stadium.
Smith completed just 29-of-55 passes for 275 yards against the best defense the Mountaineers have seen all season.
His counterpart Seth Doege had quite a day for the Red Raiders, wielding his way through the West Virginia secondary.
Doege had touchdown passes of 39 yards, 19 yards, 16 yards, two yards, 29 yards, and seven yards.
Smith and his offense converted just 1-of-21 on third down and a worse 1-of-6 on fourth down.
The defense yielded 9.4 yards a play to Texas Tech, or 676 total yards.