Grading the Mountaineers: West Virginia vs. Texas Tech

Grading the Mountaineers: West Virginia vs. Texas Tech


MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– West Virginia had hoped that its struggles would end with the close of its killer October schedule.

But November didn’t start any better, as the Mountaineers fell to 3-6 following a 38-17 beatdown at the hands of Texas Tech.

Here is how we graded WVU’s performance against the Red Raiders.

West Virginia running back Tony Mathis (24) scores his first collegiate touchdown
West Virginia running back Tony Mathis (24) scores his first collegiate touchdown

Atmosphere – It was 41 degrees at kickoff, but on a mostly sunny afternoon, the weather really wasn’t too bad for November in West Virginia. The attendance (56,573) at the outset was fair. There were certainly empty seats, but considering WVU had lost four straight coming into Saturday’s affair, it really was a decent crowd. There wasn’t much for those blue-clad fans to get excited about, though, as Texas Tech tore through the Mountaineers en route to a 35-10 halftime lead. By the time the two teams kicked off for the second half, there were wide swaths of newly-emptied seats. Grade C-

Offense – Despite the overall issues Saturday against the Red Raiders, the WVU offense actually did some reasonable things – at least considering its season-long struggles – moving the football, as the Mountaineers had 498 yards of total offense. Quarterback Austin Kendall completed 26-of-43 passes for 355 yards, and if not for several ill-timed drops, he would have had even better numbers. He had two interceptions, but one came because it bounced off George Campbell’s hands, though the other was the result of his one truly poor throw of the day. WVU fans also got their first view of backup QB Jarret Doege, who completed 11-of-17 attempts for 118 yards. West Virginia continued to struggle to run the ball (51 yards on 18 carries), but the biggest problems were the drops and the four turnovers. They undid any good accomplished by other aspects of the Mountaineer offense. Grade D

Defense – Texas Tech ripped through the Mountaineer defense for 35 points and 337 yards of offense … in the first half alone. The Red Raiders reached the end zone on each of their first five possessions, scoring from both close – runs of two, four, one and two yards – and far – an 81-yard pass. West Virginia had eight sacks in its previous game against Baylor, but put very little pressure on Tech QB Jett Duffey, who was rarely hassled as he completed 24-of-34 passes for 354 yards. WVU’s defense got a great deal of praise for its effort in the 17-14 loss to Baylor, but such accolades certainly won’t follow this latest performance. Grade F




Special Teams – West Virginia’s special teams have been solid much of the season, but they struggled Saturday against the Red Raiders. Poor kick coverage and senseless penalties were the biggest flaws. The Mountaineers badly needed some positives from their special team, but those units provided mainly negatives. There weren’t any earth-shatteringly bad moments, but there were no good ones either. Grade D+

Coaching – I recite the same facts pretty much each week, and they remain true; the WVU coaches are admittedly playing short-handed. They took over a program that lacked talent and experience from the start of the season, and multiple injuries have significantly cut into those limited resources since. Despite those truths, West Virginia’s coaches have typically gotten the Mountaineers to play hard. That’s something you can’t say about Saturday’s performance against Texas Tech, though, especially on the defensive side. In terms of overall effort and execution, this was the low point of 2019. Grade F

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    Grading the Mountaineers: West Virginia vs. Texas Tech MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– West Virginia had hoped that its struggles would end with the close of its k
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    #103319

    F across the board

    This team didn’t want to play today and it showed. Purge and rebuild.

     

    #103339

    Absolutely….it is what it is with no sugar coating, they failed in every phase with their typical mistakes and coupled with the obvious lack of effort that translates to a very bad loss

    #103343

    The D started to play in the 2nd half.  Other than that it was pretty bad on both sides of the ball.  5 scores on TT’s first 5 possessions.  And we weren’t even close to stopping them.  O wasn’t even close to effective thru the whole game.

    #103360

    No doubt this was a bad game. But I did not think there was a terrible lack of effort. The defense didn’t play with as much intensity, and I do think the team got down when it went down 21-3.  But I didn’t think it gave up.

    That doesn’t change the fact that Tech killed the defense by attacking inside seams with short vertical passes. Want to rewatch, but my sense was they got receives into the gaps of the three safety look (Which WVU didn’t start in) and also against the LBs. Defense was definitely not equal to any challenge it was given.

    The offense gained 549 yards, not sure how that equates to not being close to being effective. The running game is awful and the red zone was terrible. Not trying to cover any of that up. But WVU moved the ball well. It just flamed out close to the goal line, and some of that is due to the lack of a running game for sure. Points are the ultimate measuring stick, though, and WVU was way short there.

    #103363

    No doubt this was a bad game. But I did not think there was a terrible lack of effort. The defense didn’t play with as much intensity, and I do think the team got down when it went down 21-3.  But I didn’t think it gave up.

    That doesn’t change the fact that Tech killed the defense by attacking inside seams with short vertical passes. Want to rewatch, but my sense was they got receives into the gaps of the three safety look (Which WVU didn’t start in) and also against the LBs. Defense was definitely not equal to any challenge it was given.

    The offense gained 549 yards, not sure how that equates to not being close to being effective. The running game is awful and the red zone was terrible. Not trying to cover any of that up. But WVU moved the ball well. It just flamed out close to the goal line, and some of that is due to the lack of a running game for sure. Points are the ultimate measuring stick, though, and WVU was way short there.

    #103368

    Coaches, if you plan to go for it on 4th down, have a freaking call made and don’t waste a time out to call one.  And the kicking game had another delay of game penalty on a punt from deep in their own territory.  That can’t happen.  One week removed from the delay that wiped out a game tying fg.  That most definitely is on Brown.  I still believe in the climb, but damn it’s a long way up from where the Mountaineers are today.

    #103370

    I think Brown also needs time to acclimate to coaching in a Power 5 conference.Not doubting his ability at all, but the level of play is significantly at a higher level than the Sunbelt Conference.My expectations for the remainder of the season have been lowered.Many factors are responsible for the dismal performance as have been noted.I have resigned myself to fact that this is going to be a long term rebuild and I do believe Brown can get it done.

    The only thing I’d like to see now is letting Doege get some game time reps and maybe build on next season.My expectations of Kendall have also been significantly lowered

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