Morgantown, W.VA. – Tuesday afternoon West Virginia head football coach Neal Brown met with members of the media via Zoom to discuss the win over the Kansas Jayhawks and the team’s next road game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
After a slow and Halloween-esque nightmare start in Morgantown last Saturday, the Mountaineers beat the still-scoreless Kansas Jayhawks to advance to 3-1 for the season. “I thought we showed real growth on Saturday and came away with a convincing win after a really poor start.”
Brown was proud of the way his team played, especially in the second half, highlighting Leddie Brown as the team’s “difference maker” in the victory. While the team may have won, Brown knows there is still room for improvement.
“I’m not ready to sit up here and say we’ve arrived.”
Brown went on to discuss Saturday’s road game at Texas Tech in Lubbock. The Red Raiders upset the Mountaineers in Morgantown last November, with many players having posted on social media that revenge is on the mind this week. The Red Raiders are 0-3 in the Big 12 this season, having struggled in year two under Matt Wells. The Red Raiders will present a quarterback change-up against West Virginia as true freshman Henry Columbi will man the offense instead of former starter Alan Bowman.
“They have played a very difficult schedule,” Brown pointed out. “Their record doesn’t tell the story, necessarily. They got beat by a very talented Texas team, where they led by fifteen in the fourth quarter. They played Kansas State on the road, who is tied for first in our league. They had an opportunity to win that game in the fourth quarter. And they played at Iowa State, who is also tied for first in our league. That’s one of the toughest places to play in the Big 12.”
Both Brown and quarterback Jarret Doege have ties to Texas Tech and Saturday’s game will be the first time the two have returned to Lubbock together, with memories of Jarret’s older brother Seth’s time as a Red Raider somewhere on the mind.
The head ball coach went on to point out that the Red Raiders offense will be the fastest the Mountaineers have gone up against, noting that their size and height makes them “look like a basketball team.” The defensive line exceeded in creating turnovers in Morgantown last year and Brown is prepared for them to attempt to do more of the same this year.
The Mountaineers and the Red Raiders kick off Saturday in Lubbock at 5:30 ET/4:30 CT, with the game televised on ESPN2.