MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Texas Tech defeated West Virginia 34-27 on Saturday. It was another game of squandered offensive opportunities. The Red Raiders took advantage of the mistakes and came out on top.
1.Dropped passes continue to plague wide receivers– In Saturday’s loss, the Mountaineers’ wide outs dropped several passes once again. Sam James had a crucial miscue late in the fourth quarter. With 8:44 remaining the sophomore dropped a ball that was scooped up by Texas Tech’s Zech McPhearson, who ran it back for the game-winning touchdown. In the final minute Winston Wright, who caught nine passes for 126 yards, dropped a pass. WVU is third in the nation in dropped passes this year, not a good category to rank in. Head coach Neal Brown doesn’t have an answer to the issue.
“If I had an answer for it, it would already be corrected,” Brown said. “I’m not being a smart ass, but – I don’t know – we’ve had an issue with it. We catch more balls here than I’ve ever had caught before and we’ve never had an issue with it. We’re going to have to continue to evaluate it.”
2. Defense stepped up in the second half-The Mountaineers’ defense struggled in the first half, giving up 20 points and 235 yards. However, the unit stepped up after halftime and held the Red Raiders to just seven points and 114 yards. In the first half, the defense struggled to get in the right place but in the second half they were able to get stops.
3. Leddie Brown continues to get it done- Brown is hands down the best player on the offensive side of the field for WVU. He had 21 carries for 77 yards and two touchdowns. In addition, the junior caught seven passes for 47 yards.
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