The WVU Mountaineers went to Lubbock, TX and corralled the Red Raiders offense with a swarming defense. An offense that was the number one rated offense in the nation averaging over 600 yards a game, and over 50 points at home.
The Mountaineers held the Red Raiders to 379 yards of total offense. WVU also roped in Texas Tech QB Pat Mahones II with 4 sacks and an interception, while allowing him to complete only 28 of 44 passes for 305 yards.
WVU QB Skyler Howard was never under pressure and had all the time he needed to pass. Howard completed 21 of 31 passes for 318 yards, and ran the ball 12 times for 89 yards. Howard completed 67.74% of his passes and finished the day with a quarterback rating of 92.6.
Gibby’s defense was tenacious. It kept pressure on one of the nation’s top ranked college quarterbacks. This defense not only held the Red Raiders passing game in check, but stifled their running game by allowing them 27 carries for 34 yards – that is an average of 1.25 yards per carry.
This was a total team win for WVU on all 3-sides of the ball. WVU finished the day with 650 yards of offense in their 48 to 17 win. Wait a minute – wasn’t the Red Raiders supposed to score over 50 points against WVU and have over 600 yards of offense? Well at least this is what the sports networks had been saying for over a week.
WVU played its butts off in this game, and guys I have to tell you, ‘WVU QB Skyler Howard is making a believer out of me’. He lowered his shoulder on a run and took out a Red Raider for extra yards. Howard looked like a running back on this play. Isn’t he the same guy who had a rib injury a few weeks ago? Howard didn’t play like he had a rib problem.
WVU going into the Texas Tech game was the lowest ranked undefeated team, and I don’t look for this to change. If you look at the rankings there are 1 loss teams and even a 2 loss team ranked higher than WVU.
Coach Tony Gibson is one of the best defensive coaches in the nation. WVU’s defense plays Gibby Ball. They keep coming at you, and they hit and tackle hard. This is a ‘no quit’ defense that believes in Gibby and itself.
With the help of Gibby Ball, HC Dana Holgorsen has started to turn this football program around.