Final Wrap: Texas Tech 34, West Virginia 27



  • Today’s weather: 69 degrees and sunny; 30 percent humidity and wind blowing SSW at 17 mph.
  • Today’s game was televised nationally on ESPN2. It was Texas Tech’s first appearance on the network this season.
  • Today’s game marked the 10th all-time between Texas Tech and West Virginia and the fifth in Lubbock.
  • Texas Tech won the toss and deferred to the second half. The Red Raiders have won the toss in 4-of-5 games this year and have chosen to defer three times so far (Texas, Kansas State, West Virginia).
  • Texas Tech wore black helmets, red jerseys and black pants for the first time this season. Since 2009, the Red Raiders are now 9-3 in the combination.
  • Today’s game captain was Dawson Deaton. As part of Texas Tech’s entrance pregame, Austin McNamara carried the U.S. flag, while Tony Bradford Jr. ran out with the state of Texas flag.
  • Today’s attendance: 13,532.

Starters – (Offense) – (LT) Ethan Carde, (LG) Weston Wright, (C) Dawson Deaton, (RG) Jack Anderson (RT) Josh Burger, (QB) Henry Colombi, (RB) SaRodrick Thompson, (WR) Myles Price, (TE) Travis Koontz, (WR) Eric Ezukanma, (WR) Ja’Lynn Polk; (Defense) – (DE) Eli Howard, (T) Tony Bradford, Jr., (N) Jaylon Hutchings, (SAM) Riko Jeffers, (MIKE) Krishon Merriweather, (WILL) Colin Schooler, (CB) Zech McPhearson, (SPUR) Jacob Morgenstern, (CB) DaMarcus Fields, (S) Eric Monroe, (S) Thomas Leggett.



  • Gives Texas Tech a 2-3 overall record and an 1-3 mark in Big 12 Conference play.
  • Gives Texas Tech a 4-6 all-time record against West Virginia, including a 2-3 mark in games played in Lubbock.
  • Gives Matt Wells a career record of 6-11 at Texas Tech.
  • Gives Matt Wells a 50-45 career record all-time as a head coach.
  • Gives Matt Wells an 2-0 career record all-time against West Virginia.
  • Gives Matt Wells an 9-2 career record in games played after an open week, including a 2-2 mark at Texas Tech.


  • Texas Tech has now scored in 287-straight games dating back to the 1997 season, a streak that now ranks seventh nationally and tied for second in the Big 12 Conference. The opening touchdown today  pushed the Red Raiders and Oklahoma into sole possession of the 11th-longest consecutive streak in FBS history, passing Ohio State, which scored in 286-straight games from 1993-2016.
  • With the win, Texas Tech is now 17-12 in the weeks following a bye during the Big 12 era, which includes an 9-3 mark in games played inside Jones AT&T Stadium.
  • For the second time this season, the Red Raiders led at halftime. Tech moved to 2-0 this season and 6-2 in the Wells era when leading at halftime.
  • Ja’Lynn Polk’s fumble at the start of the third quarter marked the first lost by the Red Raiders this season. Texas Tech was previously one of three Big 12 schools and one of 12 teams nationally to not have a lost fumble this season.
  • After failing to convert a single third down two weeks ago at Iowa State, the Red Raider offense finished 8-of-16 against the Mountaineers, improving to 35-of-75 for the season (46.7 percent).
  • Zech McPhearson’s 56-yard fumble return for a touchdown marked Texas Tech’s third defensive score of the season as the Red Raiders came into today’s game as the Big 12 leader in the category. With games still to be played tonight, the Red Raiders have also matched the FBS lead in the category with both Arkansas and Kentucky.
  • With 169 yards passing, Texas Tech recorded its first win while passing for less than 200 yards since the victory over New Mexico in 2000. Before tonight, the Red Raiders had only passed for less than 200 yards 10 times since 2000 and held a 1-9 record in those games.
  • Texas Tech finished with 169 passing yards and 179 rushing yards, making Saturday’s win the first time the Red Raiders recorded more rushing than passing yards in a Big 12 win since their 65-19 victory over Kansas in 2017.
  • The Red Raiders also finished with 39 rushing attempts compared to 28 passing attempts, marking the first time Tech has won a game with more rushing than passing attempts since the 77-0 win over Lamar in 2018.


  • Henry Colombi finished with 169 yards on 22-of-28 passing along with a passing touchdown in his first career start. He also added 40 yards on 11 attempts and scored his first rushing touchdown since arriving at Tech on the Red Raiders’ opening drive.
  • Since Kliff Kingsbury made his first career start versus Oklahoma in 1999, the Red Raiders are now 7-1 when Texas Tech has its starting signal caller making his first career start against a Big 12 foe. The lone loss during that time came in 2014 when Patrick Mahomes left the Texas game early due to injury.


  • Running back SaRodorick Thompson scored his fifth rushing touchdown of the season on Saturday, scampering for a 48-yard score in the first quarter to put the Red Raiders up, 13-7. It marked Thompson’s third game this season with a rushing touchdown. The run stands as the third-longest offensive touchdown by a Red Raider so far this season–the longest being a 75-yard score by Thompson against Texas.
  • Redshirt freshman Trey Cleveland recorded his first career touchdown catch in the second quarter on only his fifth career catch overall. Cleveland caught a 10-yard pass from Colombi to give Tech a 20-10 lead late in the second period.
  • True freshman Tahj Brooks scored his second career touchdown in a big moment, scoring on a five-yard run to give the Red Raiders a 27-20 lead with 10 minutes to go in the third quarter. Brooks recorded the first touchdown of his career in the season opener against Houston Baptist.
  • Austin McNamara flipped the field twice for the Red Raiders, drilling a 74 yard punt in the first quarter and then a school-record 87 yarder late in the third quarter. He snapped the previous Texas Tech single-game record for the longest punt of 85 yards that was set by R.W. Moyers against West Texas State in 1945. It marked the longest punt in college football season and the only one of 80 yards or longer.
  • Senior linebacker Riko Jeffers recorded 2.5 tackles for loss on the night for Texas Tech, setting a new career high and surpassing his previous best of 2.0. Jeffers finished with nine tackles to tie for the team lead. Over his four seasons, Jeffers now has 5.5 career tackles for a loss against the Mountaineers.
  • Zech McPhearson provided a big boost for the Red Raiders after returning fumble recovery for a a 56-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to give Tech a 34-27 lead with under nine minutes to play. It marked McPhearson’s second defensive or special teams touchdown of the season, as he returned a blocked kick 90 yards for a score at Iowa State earlier this month.

Matt Dowdy

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