Despite a middling start to the season, Kliff Kingsbury isn’t going to change his philosophy.
After a 48-17 loss to West Virginia on Saturday, Texas Tech fell to 1-19 when trailing at the half during his tenure, but the Red Raiders coach couldn’t come up with a reason why the Red Raiders (3-3, 1-2 Big 12) can’t rally from deficits Monday.
How players who have committed to play football at Texas Tech fared this week:
OG JACK ANDERSON
Helped Frisco gain 417 total yards in its 38-35 win over Frisco Heritage on Thursday. The Raccoons improved to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in district.
S QUINCY ADDISON
Was part of an Angleton defense that allowed just 35 passing yards in its 55-0 win over Rosenberg Lamar Consolidated. The Wildcats improved to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in district
CB ADAM BECK
Luke Stice wasn’t in the mood for excuses.
The senior linebacker and Texas Tech captain was almost defiant of any single reason the Red Raiders might have lost to West Virginia 48-17 at Jones AT&T Stadium on Saturday.
West Virginia had 332 rushing yards Saturday in a 48-17 victory at Texas Tech, sustaining a trend. The Mountaineers also cracked the 300-yard mark on the ground in their 31-26 conquest of the Red Raiders last year.
West Virginia got 104 rushing yards from Rushel Shell, 99 from Kennedy McKoy and 89 from quarterback Skyler Howard, narrowly missing having two 100-yard rushers three years in a row against Tech.
Players from West Virginia and Texas Tech got into a pre-game scrap Saturday morning at Jones Stadium, and the Mountaineers don’t really care if you call them instigators.
Heck, they started instigatin’ days before, from 1,500 miles away. West Virginia wide receiver Shelton Gibson boasted of the quality of his teammates on defense and the havoc they’d rain down on the Red Raiders.
Kliff Kingsbury tapped two extended fingers on top of the lectern after he answered each question.
“It’s the worst I’ve seen since I’ve been associated with Texas Tech,” the Texas Tech coach said, his eyebrows raised with disbelief and his nose scrunched with disgust. “I’ve never seen a team play that poorly, coaches coach that poorly and just get embarrassed. Have to apologize to the fans, student body, alumni. That was as bad as it gets.”
Skyler Howard is used to flying under the radar.
Once a Stephen F. Austin walk-on, then a starting quarterback at Riverside (Calif.) City College and now the guy at West Virginia. Howard’s often overlooked in a Big 12 Conference loaded with quarterback talent.
However, after leading No. 18 West Virginia to a 48-17 victory Saturday at Texas Tech, Howard will certainly get some more deserved attention, at least from the Red Raider contingent.
Maybe it was the 11 a.m. start time, or maybe it was the stout West Virginia defense, which ranked No. 8 nationally in pass efficiency defense.
Either way, the Texas Tech offense struggled to get going Saturday morning against the No. 20 Mountaineers in a Big 12 contest.
The Red Raiders’ defense did its best, limiting West Virginia’s big plays, to keep the game within striking distance in the first two quarters.
The last time Texas Tech hosted a ranked West Virginia team, the Red Raiders defeated the then-No. 4 Mountaineers 49-14 in 2012.
Since then, the winning team hasn’t broken 40 points — Texas Tech winning 32-27 in Morgantown in 2013 and West Virginia winning 37-34 two years ago in Lubbock and 31-26 last year in Morgantown.
Despite those numbers, many are expecting Saturday’s 11 a.m. game at Jones AT&T Stadium to be a shootout.