Doege leads Red Raiders in upset over Mountaineers
Lubbock, TX (Sports Network) - Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege overcame the gusty winds in Lubbock.
Heisman Trophy hopeful and West Virginia signal caller Geno Smith, however, did not.
Doege threw for a career-high 499 yards and six touchdowns in Texas Tech's 49-14 thumping of No. 5 West Virginia.
The Texas Tech fans stormed the field after the clock wound down and the Red Raider players showered head coach Tommy Tubberville with Gatorade in their largest margin of victory over a top-five team in school history.
"Who would have ever thought that that game would have been pretty much put away going into the fourth quarter. Really proud of our players. Man, they worked hard all week. I thought the game plan on both sides, offense and defense, was great," Tubberville said.
Battling through 20-30 mile-per-hour winds throughout the afternoon, Doege nearly doubled Smith's passing yardage and completed 32-of-42 passes with an interception for the Red Raiders, (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) who had won their first four games of the season before losing to Oklahoma last Saturday.
"We had a lot of opportunities to get the ball downfield, and if they play the way they played today, it's just going to continue and we're going to make plays. We have so many weapons that we can expose at any time."
Darrin Moore hauled in nine passes for 92 yards and three touchdowns, while Jace Amaro caught five passes for 156 yards and a score in the win.
Coming into the contest with just 38 incompletions on the season, Smith misfired 26 times on Saturday. He had an 81.4-percent completion percentage coming into the contest.
He still hasn't thrown an interception on the year, but threw for 275 yards on just 29-of-55 efficiency for West Virginia (5-1, 2-1), which had its eight- game winning streak dating back to last season snapped.
"They rushed four guys and sometimes they got there and sometimes they didn't," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. "We just didn't execute on offense. It's a team loss. They outplayed us, they outcoached us and on all three sides of the ball did better than we did."
Stedman Bailey, West Virginia's all-time touchdown receptions leader, had six receptions for 56 yards and a score, but suffered an ankle injury in the first half and did not return.
Tavon Austin had nine receptions for 99 yards in the setback.
The Mountaineers were 2-of-7 on fourth down after converting on all five of their fourth-down tries in a 48-45 victory over Texas last week.
"Well, it got to the point where they had to go for fourth downs. Little surprised on a couple of them," Tubberville said. "It was four down territory everywhere they had to score points, and we played good on fourth down."
Smith connected with Tavon Austin for a 38-yard gain before finding Bailey two plays later for a 7-yard score to get the Mountaineers on the board and cut the deficit to 14-7 with 4:21 to go in the first quarter.
West Virginia didn't score again for another 47 minutes, while Texas Tech tallied the next 35 points.
Early in the second quarter, Smith's pass on 4th-and-3 fell incomplete and Texas Tech found itself in the end zone just three plays later.
Doege fired a strike to Amaro for a 61-yard pickup and then lofted a fade pass to Marcus Kennard in the back left corner of the end zone two plays later for a 16-yard score.
Following a West Virginia punt, Doege flipped a 2-yard score to Moore, which capped a 9-play, 86-yard march.
After another Mountaineers punt with 1:02 to go in the half, the Red Raiders put another touchdown on the board just three plays into their possession when SaDale Foster broke free down the right sideline for a 53-yard score and a commanding 35-7 halftime edge.
Smith was unable to move the chains on a pair of fourth downs, 4th-and-7 and 4th-and-6, respectively, on West Virginia's initial two drives of the second half.
Texas Tech, though, was unable to capitalize.
Kenny Williams fumbled on the third play of the Red Raiders' opening second- half march, and Ryan Bustin hooked a 42-yard field goal wide left on Texas Tech's second possession.
Following a Mountaineers three-and-out, Doege hit Moore for a 29-yard score to conclude a 4-play, 69-yard drive late in the third quarter, which made it 42-7.
Smith, again, failed to convert a fourth down on the Mountaineers' next touch, this a 4th-and-inches early in the fourth, and Texas Tech then took the next 8:22 off the clock on its 15- play, 98-yard trek, which was capped when Moore hauled in a 7-yard score with 5:37 on the clock to make it 49-7.
Dustin Garrison ran for a 2-yard score on West Virginia's next touch to conclude the scoring.
Earlier, Doege hit Amaro for a 39-yard touchdown on the Red Raiders' opening possession, and after Smith's pass on 4th-and-4 fell incomplete on West Virginia's ensuing trek, Doege capped a 12-play, 69-yard march on Texas Tech's second touch with a 19-yard TD pass to Eric Ward for a 14-0 lead.
Texas Tech outgained West Virginia 676-408 ... Foster carried the ball 10 times for 82 yards ... Andrew Buie gained 71 yards on the ground for the Mountaineers ... West Virginia won the only other meeting between the schools in 1938.
10/13 22:54:44 ET