MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – (October 23, 2020) – The West Virginia football team will travel to Lubbock, Texas, and take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday afternoon to continue to gain momentum in the Big 12 standings.
The Red Raiders are coming off a bye week after a loss against No.17-ranked Iowa State by a score of 31-15 on October 10th. Texas Tech hasn’t won a game since the scare against Houston Baptist in mid-September.
TTU was involved in the crazy overtime game against Texas a few weeks ago that saw the Red Raiders blow a 15-point lead with three minutes left in regulation for the Longhorns to score three straight touchdowns and steal the game from Tech.
Texas Tech is usually led on offense by sophomore quarterback Alan Bowman until recent inconsistent play. In the fourth quarter of the Iowa State game, TTU coach Matt Wells benched Bowman for Henry Colombi. Colombi, who is a Utah State transfer, threw 10 for 12 with 115 yards and a touchdown.
WVU coach Neal Brown threw praise at Texas Tech’s new quarterback.
“They obviously like him. They had a really good quarterback in Bowman, and then they had some issues at Iowa State and Colombi came in. Really, if you look at it they’re scoring drives the last two games have been led by him,” Brown said. “He’s a dual-threat guy, gets the ball out of his hands super-fast and he’s athletic. He obviously knows the offense being in it for multiple years and we know he’s going to be a challenge.”
West Virginia’s secondary is going to have to continue to play extremely well against Tech’s receivers. TTU has five receivers with over 100 yards on the season. Between KeSean Carter, Erik Ezukanma, and T.J. Vasher, the three receivers have combined for nine touchdowns in the first four games.
The Mountaineers developing offense should thrive this Saturday against the Red Raiders’ defense. TTU allows almost 500 yards per game, allowing 163.5 rushing yards and 335.5 passing yards.
For Jarret Doege, this is his homecoming game for the redshirt junior. With friends and family at the game on Saturday, the born and raised Lubbock quarterback will try to pick apart the TTU defense. So far, Doege has thrown for 1,042 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions.
Leddie Brown and Alec Sinkfield should enjoy the game on Saturday in Lubbock due to Texas Tech’s defense allowing so many rushing yards to previous running back opponents. Both Brown and Sinkfield are coming off games where they reached the end zone.
Leddie Brown has already destroyed his numbers from his first two years here at West Virginia. The junior in four games already has 515 yards with seven scrimmage touchdowns.
The Mountaineers are looking to get revenge on Texas Tech after last year’s game where the Red Raiders beat WVU in Morgantown 38-17. This was the game where Jarret Doege took over the West Virginia offense and has not looked back ever since.
“They did a really good job getting their hands on us last year,” WVU coach Neal Brown said. “That’s the worst we’ve played defensively in the last two years, and they had a lot to do with it. They had a great plan and they came out and jumped on us.”
West Virginia and Texas Tech will kick off in Lubbock at 5:30 P.M. Coverage will be televised nationally on ESPN2.