Offensively: Davis Webb continues to impress at quarterback. Webb became the first Red Raider freshman quarterback to throw for over 400 yards in his first two starts. He shattered the freshman record of 422 passing yards in one game set by Billy Joe Tolliver in 1985 as he wound up with 462 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 int’s. People know Jace Amaro, and yet they still can’t stop him. Amaro finished with 9 catches for 136 yards along with 2 touchdown grabs as he helped pace a Red Raider offense that finished with 573 yards on the day. After falling behind 27-16 midway through the 3rd quarter, the Red Raiders raced past the Mountaineers 21-0 and spoiled homecoming in front of a crowd of 54,084.
Defensively: They still found a way to pull out the W. After falling behind 27-16, they allowed the Mountaineers to gain only 29 yards in the entire 4th quarter and putting the offense in position to pull out the victory. This wasn’t the most dominant performance they’ve had all year, but you have to love their heart and mindset as they didn’t panic at all and shut down the Mountaineer offense when it mattered most.
For the second time this season, the Red Raiders played spoiler to a conference foe’s homecoming. Tech won 54-16 at Kansas on their homecoming, and beat WVU 37-27 on theirs as well. Tech will go for a 3rd homecoming victory on the road and a 4th this season when they take on the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday afternoon.
Fumbles. Again, the Red Raiders turned the ball over twice, once on a goal line qb sneak that would have really put West Virginia in a world of trouble. West Virginia was able to tie the game at halftime thanks to the 2 turnovers, and ultimately led 27-16 before the defense could put the clamps down on the West Virginia offense.
If you are going to find anything at all ugly about this game, you might have to look at Olaoluwa Falemi and the fact that he was called for pass interference three times on the day, once negating an interception for the Red Raiders that would lead to a Mountaineer touchdown.