A strong team effort in the fourth quarter with the game on the line gave No. 15/16 Texas Tech (7-0, 4-0) the 37-27 victory over West Virginia (3-4, 1-3) in the Red Raiders’ first trip to Morgantown.
Freshman quarterback Davis Webb, making his second straight start in place of Baker Mayfield, finished 36 of 50 for 462 yards and two touchdowns, including two back-to-back clutch throws in the final drive to put Texas Tech up by 10 with a minute left.
Facing 3rd-and-goal late in the fourth, Webb found junior tight end Jace Amaro for a 10-yard touchdown pass to put the game on ice and keep Tech unbeaten.
“We talk about it all the time; fortune favors the bold,” head coach Kliff Kingsbury said after the game. “We’re not going to leave it up to anyone else. We knew it was up to him to make good throws, and today he did that.”
Getting his first road start, Webb broke the school record for passing yards in a game by a freshman, last set by Billy Joe Tolliver with 422 against TCU in 1985. Webb’s 36 completions went to eight different Tech receivers, including nine to his tight end.
Amaro, who leads the Big 12 with 56 receptions, tied a career-high with two touchdown catches and led all receivers with 136 yards, his third 100+ yard game of the season. Making catch after catch, including a 32-yarder for a big 3rd-down conversion to keep Tech in the game, he made the Mackey Award people look foolish for not including him on their watch-list.
Led by Webb and Amaro, Tech scored 21 unanswered points after falling behind 27-16 late in the third quarter. The defense forced four consecutive West Virginia punts in the second-half to help the offense overcome an 11-point deficit. Tech won the game by winning the fourth quarter.
Silencing doubters once again, Tech moves to 7-0 (4-0) and owns sole possession of first place in the Big 12. Although none of their opponents currently have winning records, no one predicted this kind of start for Kingsbury and the Red Raiders, either.
“I saw ESPN College GameDay and the ones who picked against us,” Kingsbury said. “I hope they give us that locker room material.
“The players are aware of where they were picked (to finish) at the beginning of the year. We want to show everyone that we’re not that bad, let’s put it that way.”