Texas Tech football: Jett Duffey’s best games as a Red Raider

LUBBOCK, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 23: Quarterback Jett Duffey #7 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders stands on the field after the college football game against the Kansas State Wildcats on November 23, 2019 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 23: Quarterback Jett Duffey #7 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders stands on the field after the college football game against the Kansas State Wildcats on November 23, 2019 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images) /
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Jett Duffey #7 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders  (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
Jett Duffey #7 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders  (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images) /

No. 3: @ West Virginia 2019

In his final win as a Red Raider, Duffey turned in what might have been his most efficient half of football to open Tech’s 38-17 win over West Virginia in Morgantown this season.  Helping the Red Raiders score touchdowns on their first five drives, Duffey threw for 354 yards and one TD for the game.

Pushing the ball downfield, he needed only 24 completions out of 34 attempts to put up his fifth-best yardage total as a collegiate.  What’s more, he committed no turnovers, which was a major reason Tech was able to win.

That day, the Red Raider defense forced West Virginia into four turnovers, three from QB Austin Kendall.  It was that disparity in QB play that proved to be the difference in the game as the Mountaineer QB actually threw for one more yard than Duffey before being benched.

In the second half, Tech took its foot off the gas and coasted to a win.  Duffey led his team to just a field goal over the final 30 minutes but he did not let his opponent back in the game with mistakes.

This was an impressive and mature outing for Duffey who completed his third-straight Big 12 game without an interception, something that even the great Pat Mahomes and Graham Harrell never managed to do.  But this game doesn’t rank higher on this list because Duffey wasn’t the reason Tech won.  Rather, the Red Raiders got four scores on the ground and four takeaways from the defense to make Duffey’s life as easy as it could have been.