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Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Preview and Predictions 11-09-2019


There's a saying that bad teams find a way to lose, and that moniker couldn't be truer of Texas Tech. The Red Raiders lost to Big 12 patsy Kansas after they fumbled away the ball after blocking a potential game-winning field and must regroup after a week off and travel to West Virginia on Saturday to play a team that also found an unusual way to lose a game last week.

Only needing to fall on the blocked kick by Nick McCann to provide victory, Douglas Coleman III ran with the ball before attempting a lateral that Kansas recovered with two seconds left. Placekicker Liam Jones then split the uprights from 32 yards out as time expired to complete a 17-point comeback for a 37-34 victory. "The bye was right on time. It was good for our kids to get away," defensive coordinator Keith Patterson said. "That was a tough loss, obviously. The kids took it extremely hard. So I think the bye has been really good for us. We've got a renewed spirit." West Virginia trailed undefeated and No. 11 Baylor 17-14 with 3:33 left when backup placekicker Casey Legg had a 48-yard field goal blocked just one play after a 5-yard penalty negated a 43-yard conversion.

TV: Noon, ET, ESPN2. LINE: Texas Tech -2.5.

ABOUT TEXAS TECH (3-5, 1-4): Jett Duffey connected on 23-of-34 attempts for 271 yards and three touchdowns while SaRodorick Thompson rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown as the Red Raiders piled up 483 yards against the Jayhawks. Coleman intercepted his FBS-leading seventh pass of the season on the first play of the game, joining Darcel McBath (2008) as the only Red Raiders in the Big 12 era to pick off seven passes in a season. Texas Tech has forced 14 turnovers in the last six games, including eight interceptions in the last four games; their plus-5 turnover margin for the season is tied for the Big 12 lead and 21st in the country - up 70 spots from last season.

ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA (3-5, 1-4): Austin Kendall completed 20-of-39 passes for 205 yards and a touchdown, but the running attack netted 14 yards on 26 carries as the team was outgained 453-219; the Mountaineers are averaging 78.9 yards rushing per game and 2.6 yards per carry. West Virginia scored on George Campbell's 83-yard touchdown catch - the longest play of the season for West Virginia and the longest TD reception by a Mountaineer since Sept. 29, 2012, against Baylor (Stedman Bailey, 87 yards) - and a Winston Wright 95-yard kickoff return. The Mountaineers recorded eight sacks - the most since 2011 against Pitt - with brothers Darius (three to increase his team-high total to seven) and Dante Stills (two) accounting for five.

EXTRA POINTS

1. West Virginia has won five straight in the series and leads all-time 6-2. The Mountaineers led by 25 at the half last season and held on for a 42-34 win in a battle of ranked teams.

2. West Virginia head coach Neal Brown was Texas Tech's offensive coordinator from 2010-12, while Patterson was the Mountaineers' defensive coordinator from 2012-13.

3. Texas Tech shut out its opposition in the first quarter for the sixth time this season against Kansas. Coleman's interception marked the seventh time this season the Red Raiders defense has either forced a three-and-out or a takeaway on the opening possession.

Prediction

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Stadium

Milan Puskar Stadium
Morgantown, West Virginia, USA.
Capacity: 60,000

Last Injuries

West Virginia Mountaineers

  • T.J. Simmons

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Simmons missed the last game due to an unspecified injury. It has yet to be determined if he will play against Kansas State on Saturday.

  • Evan Staley

    Leg
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Staley sat out the previous game with a leg injury, and it is unclear if he will draw back into the lineup against Kansas State on Saturday.

  • Quondarius Qualls

    Shoulder
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Qualls has sat out the last two games with a shoulder issue, and it is unknown if he will be available Saturday against Kansas State.

  • Josh Chandler

    Knee
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Chandler is sidelined due to a knee ailment, and it is undetermined if he will return to action Saturday against Kansas State.

  • Martell Pettaway

    Red Shirt
    out for season | out

    Pettaway has decided to use the 2019-20 campaign as a redshirt year and will sit out the remainder of the season.

  • Kennedy McKoy

    Upper Body
    Prob Sat | probable

    McKoy is tending to an upper-body injury, but he is projected to suit up against Texas Tech on Saturday.

Texas Tech Red Raiders

  • T.J. Vasher

    Suspension
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Vasher missed the last game serving a one-game suspension for a violation of team rules, and it is unknown if he will return Saturday against TCU.

  • Desmon Smith

    Knee
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Smith has missed the previous four games with a knee injury, and it is unknown if he will be available Saturday against TCU.

  • Maverick McIvor

    Foot
    out for season | out

    McIvor has opted to use the 2019 season as a redshirt year due to foot surgery.

  • SaRodorick Thompson

    Ankle
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Thompson suffered an ankle injury, and it is unclear if he will line up against TCU on Saturday.

  • Alan Bowman

    Red Shirt
    out for season | out

    Bowman has elected to use the 2019 season as a redshirt year due to a left shoulder injury.

  • Armand Shyne

    Ribs
    out for season | I-R

    Shyne will miss the remainder of the season due to multiple broken ribs.

  • Douglas Coleman III

    Foot
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Coleman III has a left foot injury, and it is unclear if he will play against West Virginia on Saturday.

west-virginia-mountaineers-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Austin Kendall 4 0 125.669 0 144 94 3 0 0 6 871
Jack Allison 1 0 33.200 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 4
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Kennedy McKoy 4 0 151 0 48 3
Leddie Brown 2 0 105 0 19 1
Martell Pettaway 3 0 54 0 21 2
Alec Sinkfield 4 0 40 0 14 0
Austin Kendall 4 0 26 0 22 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Sam James 4 0 263 0 26 0 1
T.J. Simmons 4 0 125 0 13 0 0
George Campbell 3 0 100 0 4 0 3
Sean Ryan 4 0 98 0 10 0 0
Tevin Bush 2 0 95 0 6 0 1
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Josh Chandler 4 0 18 14 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1
Hakeem Bailey 4 0 17 5 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 1
Sean Mahone 4 0 14 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dylan Tonkery 4 0 13 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 8 1
Josh Norwood 3 0 11 10 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Evan Staley 4 0 6 9 44 10 10
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Sam James 4 0 8 0 27 142
Alec Sinkfield 4 0 1 0 39 39
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Ali Jennings 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Austin Kendall 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
George Campbell 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Josh Growden 4 0 0 886 0 60 22 0 0
Kennedy McKoy 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Alec Sinkfield 4 0 4 0 16 28
Logan Thimons 1 0 1 0 0 16