No. 20 West Virginia looks to stay unbeaten vs. Texas Tech

Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for only 161 yards and one touchdown pass in the half. The West Virginia Mountaineers ground game is averaging 187.2 yards per contest, and Justin Crawford leads the way with 331 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensive coordinator Tony Gibson spent countless hours during No. 20 West Virginia's bye week getting a head start on figuring out ways to slow down Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes. West Virginia manufactured three first-half touchdown drives of more than 70 yards. The Mountaineers were off last weekend. "You want to help the team win, then you need to get out there and do what's asked of you".

The West Virginia defense put on a showing stopping the nation's leading passer. The Mountaineers are 13-12 in road day games under coach Dana Holgorsen.

For all we know Mahomes, just may break that trend and be the exception to the rule, who knows, but since he has no experience under center-as Kingsbury's Air Raid system is predominantly shotgun-based, nor an NFL-style pro offense, Mahomes could face a steep learning curve at the next level. They have split four games as Big 12 foes, with the Mountaineers winning the last two by a combined eight points.

The last three times Texas Tech and West Virginia played, the game was decided by 10 or less points, so expect another tight game between two offensive minded teams. The Red Raiders (3-2, 1-1) are coming off a 44-38 loss to the Wildcats last week.

Currently, West Virginia is ranked No. 3 in the Big 12 standing going into this Saturday's game.

He also threw for a touchdown and ran for one and you had a feeling had Holgorsen allowed him to return punts he would have run one of them back, too.

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said his team's performance was embarrassing and not what he expected. They have a mentality on offense that the ball is going to cross the goal line, so if we have to get the ball across the goal line a few more times to win, then that's what the mentality has to be based on how the game is going like it was past year.

Senior quarterback Skyler Howard can play. Their offense was stymied in every facet by West Virginia's defense. Jarrod Harper leads the West Virginia Mountaineers with 26 tackles, Justin Arndt has two sacks and Rasul Douglas has two interceptions. The Mountaineers defeated Texas Tech, but that win came in November.

Offensively, Texas Tech football is averaging 544.0 yards in passing and 105.8 yards in rushing. Mahomes leads the nation in passing with 2,274 yards, 20 TD's and is completing just under 73 percent of his passes.

Patrick Mahomes III didn't look great last weekend as he's a little banged up, but he's still leading the country with nearly 455 yards passing per game and he's already thrown 20 touchdowns. The Big 12 has a number of good teams, but the first five weeks has demonstrated none of them are in the elite category.

West Virginia did not play last week after escaping with a 35-32 victory over BYU on September 24 and a 17-16 win over Kansas State on October 1 to remain as one of nine unbeatens among power five schools.

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