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Five key developments from the Texas Tech-West Virginia game

The 7-0 record, Webb, Amaro, defense and coming games are things of note

Posted: October 20, 2013 - 10:18pm  |  Updated: October 21, 2013 - 12:05am
Texas Tech's Olauluwa Falemi (29) breaks up a pass intended for West Virginia's Kevin White (11) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Morgantown, W.Va., on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Christopher Jackson)  Chris Jackson
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Texas Tech's Olauluwa Falemi (29) breaks up a pass intended for West Virginia's Kevin White (11) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Morgantown, W.Va., on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Christopher Jackson)
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Putting 7-0 into perspective

While many people were wondering if Texas Tech could turn a favorable early schedule into a 7-0 start, the answer is yes. Texas Tech stayed unbeaten with a 37-27 win Saturday at West Virginia. This is just the fourth time Tech has started the season 7-0, the others being in 2008, 1976 and 1938. The 1938 and 2008 teams made it to 10-0 before losing, the 1976 team to 8-0. Furthermore, head coach Kliff Kingsbury is the first coach in Big 12 history to start 7-0 in his debut season.

 

Webb does it again

Freshman quarterback Davis Webb followed up his 415-yard passing performance against Iowa State with a 462-yard game against West Virginia — the fourth-highest output by a Texas Tech quarterback in a Big 12 Conference game. Webb became the first Tech freshman to pass for more than 400 yards twice in one season. Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said not winning the starting job in August sent Webb into “overdrive” to keep working hard and improving. The question now is whether Webb can hold the job for the rest of the season.

 

Can anyone stop Amaro?

After being a bit player as a freshman and missing the second half of his sophomore season, tight end Jace Amaro is making up for lost time. He’s caught a career high nine passes five games in a row — and eight the game before that. Saturday was one of his most important contributions yet. Tech scored the last 21 points to really from a 27-16 deficit, and Amaro had big catches on all three touchdown drives.

 

Defense bounces back

The defense that was so reliable in the first six games of the season finally had a bad stretch, giving up three touchdowns and two field goals in five consecutive series Saturday. With Tech trailing 27-16, tight end Jace Amaro said he told the defense, “‘One stop and we’re going to win the game.’” “That happened and it really helped us with momentum,” Amaro said. The Red Raiders limited the Mountaineers to one first down in their last five possessions, giving the offense a chance to rally.

The road gets harder

The meat of the Tech schedule has arrived: No. 17 Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., No. 19 Oklahoma State and Kansas State to close out the home slate, No. 6 Baylor in Arlington and Texas down in Austin. With the exception of Kansas State, any of those teams could hoist the Big 12 trophy in December, and Bill Snyder’s Wildcats are always capable of tripping up any team left on their schedule.

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