Texas Tech outlasts West Virginia 23-20
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - After a disappointing loss to Texas last week, the Red Raiders rallied to pick up their first conference win of the season on the road at West Virginia, winning 23-20.
Despite missing a number of key players on both sides of the ball, Tech got off to a good start, moving the ball down the field with a balanced passing attack from back-up quarterback, Henry Colombi.
That was until the Red Raiders dialed up a trick play and wide receiver, Kaylon Geiger Sr. was picked off by the Mountaineers. But the Texas Tech defense held strong and forced a three and out, which the offense capitalized on with a one-yard touchdown run by Sarodorick Thompson.
Up 7-0, the Red Raiders’ defense came up with another stop as linebacker, Colin Schooler recorded a strip sack on former Lubbock Cooper quarterback, Jarrett Doege. Colombi would drive the team down the field again for another touchdown run by Sarodorick Thompson. The Red Raiders ended the first quarter leading 14-0.
In the second quarter, West Virginia started to find their stride with back-up quarterback, Garrett Greene behind center, running a lot of QB options.
However, the Texas Tech defense continued to hold strong, shutting out the Mountaineers once again in the quarter. At the end of the first half Colombi led another scoring drive that was capped off with a 33-yard field goal by Jonathan Garibay. The Red Raiders headed to the locker room at the half with momentum and a 17-0 lead.
That all changed in the third quarter. Doege and the West Virginia passing attack exploited the injury-ridden Texas Tech secondary.
Leddie Brown scored on a 4-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 17-7 on their first drive of the third quarter. Casey Legg knocked in a 36-yard field goal on the Mountaineers second drive of the quarter after a Tech punt to cut the lead to seven points. Then after a quick three and out drive by the Red Raiders, Doege tossed a 14-yard touchdown to Isaiah Esdale to tie the game up at 17. Tech was shut out in the quarter and lost all momentum they had from the first half.
In the fourth quarter, the Red Raiders defense once again proved to be a bend but not break defense holding the Mountaineers to just a field goal. As Tech was able to knock in two of their own including the final 32-yard field goal by Garibay that left just 18 seconds in regulation.
Doege connected on a 29-yard pass to Esdale, but then watched his final pass of the game fall incomplete as Texas Tech secured the 23-20 win.
Colombi finished the game (23-34) for 266 yards. Sarodorick Thompson recorded 48 yards on 12 carries for two touchdowns. While Geiger was the leading receiver in the game with seven receptions for 82 yards. The Red Raiders were 100% on third downs through the first quarter and finished the game 8-14 on the crucial down.
Next, Texas Tech returns home to host TCU in Jones AT&T Stadium at 6 p.m. for their homecoming game. The game is set to be broadcast on ESPN.
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