The Texas Tech Red Raiders will try to bounce back when they travel on the road to Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown on Saturday afternoon for a late-season Big 12 battle versus the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Texas Tech has suddenly lost four of their last five games since the start of conference play to enter with a 3-5 overall record. The Mountaineers are also 1-4 in the Big 12 through five games. They’ve lost four straight since opening conference play with a road victory over Kansas. Can West Virginia snap their current slide at home against a suddenly struggling Red Raiders’ team?
Could Texas Tech redshirt Bowman?Texas Tech dropped their third straight game in mind-boggling fashion against Kansas two weeks ago, losing 37-34 on a late field goal. Moments before the game-winning kick, junior Nick McCann blocked Kansas’ original game-winning try from 40 yards and Douglas Coleman retrieved the ball before attempting a lateral that did not touch another Texas Tech player. Kansas regained possession and ultimately sent the Red Raiders to their fourth conference loss of the season. Jett Duffey threw for 271 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions while adding 40 yards on the ground. SaRodorick Thompson rushed for 80 yards and a score while Dalton Rigdon caught seven balls for 76 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
Texas Tech QB Jett Duffey just Lamar Jacksons his way through the West Virginia defense on a critical fourth down. Those juke moves... 👀 pic.twitter.com/EoP9kdNHA3— Steve Helwick (@s_helwick) September 29, 2018
Duffey performed well since running away with the starting job at the beginning of October. The junior quarterback has thrown for 1,420 yards, nine touchdowns, and only two interceptions this season. His emergence as a legitimate starter has opened up the possibility of redshirting former starter Alan Bowman, who has missed the last five games with a shoulder injury.
Bowman threw for 2,638 yards, 17 touchdowns, and seven interceptions as a true freshman last season, but could gain another year of eligibility after playing in only three games so far this season. The sophomore, who can still play in one game and retain his eligibility, started throwing a bit last week. Head coach Matt Wells called Bowman “day-to-day” when speaking to the media earlier this week. He also shared that senior running back Armand Shyne will be out for the remainder of the season.
On defense, Texas Tech comes in allowing 29.4 points and 460.5 yards of total offense per game. The Red Raiders have also struggled to stop the run at times, allowing 175.6 yards per game on the ground through eight contests.
Mountaineers push losing streak to four gamesWest Virginia dropped its fourth consecutive contest last week, suffering a tough 17-14 loss at the hands of the Baylor Bears, who blocked Casey Legg’s game-tying field goal with under four minutes remaining. Quarterback Austin Kendall threw for 205 yards, one touchdown and one interception on the day, as the Big 12’s worst offense couldn’t get anything going outside of two big plays. George Campbell took his only catch 83 yards for a touchdown while Winston wright returned a kick 95 yards for West Virginia’s other score. The Mountaineers limited the Bears to just 3.1 yards per carry and defense forced three turnovers, but West Virginia committed two of their own in the loss.
It was all love for Austin Kendall after the game.— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) October 19, 2019
"I've always thought the world of him. Fun to see him throw some good balls even though it was against us today."#OUDNA | #BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/LVvdp8aKur
The loss marked the third consecutive game in which the Mountaineers managed only 14 points and they are now scoring just 21.6 points per game for the season. Kendall has now thrown for 1,634 yards, 12 touchdowns, and eight picks so far this season, but last week’s errant pass was his first interception in three games (71 pass attempts). He leads a group that is averaging only 302.3 yards of total offense, including only 78.9 yards per game on the ground, which ranks 128th in the nation.
- Red Raiders are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 conference games.
- Red Raiders are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss.
- Red Raiders are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Mountaineers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating less than 275 total yards in their previous game.
- Mountaineers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game