Week 8 of college football ended with the BCS standings rocked by the upsets suffered by some of the nation’s former higher ranked schools. The string of upsets, along with Texas Tech’s victory in Morgantown helped the Red Raiders climb unto the number 10 spot in the BCS standings. Tech’s victory over West Virginia prevented the Red Raiders from falling from the rankings, and it provided a boost a confidence for a Red Raider squad heading into Sooner territory next week.
Tech’s game versus the Mountaineers saw Tech trailing early into the game. After fumbling the football on two consecutive occasions, West Virginia was able to tie the score, and then take a lead at the beginning of the 3rd quarter. West Virginia stayed atop of the Red Raiders, till Kenny Williams ran for a one yard touchdown giving Tech a 30-27 lead in the fourth quarter. The Mountaineer’s homecoming was later spoiled by Davis Webb’s ten yard throw to the Junior Jace Amaro that gave the Red Raiders a 37-27 lead over West Virginia near the end of the fourth quarter.
The game against West Virginia was Davis Webb’s second time to start as quarterback for Tech. Webb took full advantage of his opportunity by throwing for 462 yards and 2 touchdowns. Another Red Raider that had another magnificent outing was Tech’s tight-end Jace Amaro. With nine catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns, Amaro was able to present his argument for best tight-end in the nation, and he was able to help Tech avoid an upset by a West Virginia squad.
Although Tech’s offense did an efficient job, Tech’s defense struggled to prevent the dangerous West Virginia side from adding points unto the board. Tech had difficulty holding down the WVU rush by Charles Sims and Dreamius Smith. Smith and Sims’ efforts help give points to the Mountaineer side. Tech also had two critical fumbles that changed the rhythm of the game. Following the first Tech WVU was able to score a touchdown. After Tech’s second fumble WVU later scored a field goal that tied the Mountaineers. Techs 7 penalties also aided the WVU side, three of which were pass interference, but in the end the Red Raiders would leave Morgantown with a victory.
Tech’s narrow escape was enough for the Raiders to climb up four spots in the BCS rankings. Although the Red Raiders were able to hold down the West Virginia side, the penalties they were charged with caused Tech to miss opportunities that would have caused West Virginia to return possession to the Red Raiders. Webb’s and Amaro’s strong outings showed that Tech could keep up with other teams in a shootout scenario. Tech looks to defend their unbeaten record and continue to climb the BCS standings against an Oklahoma team that is coming off a 34-19 win over the Kansas Jayhawks.