A 32-yard touchdown reception by Ka’Raun White to start the fourth quarter set one of the best come-from-behind victories in recent West Virginia history into motion, and the Mountaineers have finally put that nine loss streak against ranked teams behind them.
Things got off to a decent start, with the Red Raiders and Mountaineers trading touchdowns to start the first quarter off, but Texas Tech started to run away with the game after a Keke Coutee receiving touchdown put them up 21-10 early in the second quarter. Texas Tech’s defense held the Mountaineers to negative yardage on the ground, for the largest part of the game, and the Red Raider offense torched the West Virginia secondary to open up a 35-17 to start the second half.
The relentless Mountaineers refused to go away, and a third missed field goal from Texas Tech kicker Michael Barden opened the door for Will Grier to march his team down the field and bring West Virginia’s hopes back to life. Five plays later, Grier found Ka’Raun White in the right-front corner of the endzone for the touchdown that served as the turning point for the Mountaineers. A two-point conversion reception from David Sills put West Virginia within three points, and the energy on the field became electric.
West Virginia’s defense held Texas Tech on the ensuing drive, resulting in a punt. The Mountaineers marched down the field one more time, but Dana Holgorsen was forced with a tough call on 4th and 1 from Texas Tech’s 18 yard line with 9:28 remaining. Holgorsen initially sent Mike Molina out for the game-tying field goal, but then called a timeout and sent his offense back onto the field. Grier went under center, and surged ahead to pick up the first down himself. On the very next play, Grier found White in the endzone again, and the Mountaineers took their first lead of the game with 9:14 remaining.
David Sills added another touchdown reception following Texas Tech’s next three and out, and an interception from Kyzir White on Tech’s final drive sealed the game for the Mountaineers.
Will Grier finished the day 32-for-41 passing for 352 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. David Sills finished with six receptions for 89 yards and 3 touchdowns, giving him a nation’s best 12th touchdown of the season. Ka’Raun White hauled in eight passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
The Mountaineers will travel to Waco, Texas next Saturday to take on the currently 0-5 Baylor Bears. That game is scheduled for an 8:00 PM ET kickoff, and will be broadcast on FS2.