No. 24 Texas Tech’s resurgent operating assault might throw off West Virginia’s concentrate on slowing down quarterback Nic Shimonek.
The Pink Raiders (four-1, 1-1 Huge 12) had their greatest recreation on the bottom in 5 years in a sixty five-19 win final week at Kansas, they usually’ll be wanting to attempt it once more Saturday towards a West Virginia protection that has struggled to cease the run.
“It opens up all the things for us offensively,” stated Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury. “We all know getting into that is what we have now to do, and we’ll work to try this.”
Recently, Texas Tech has finished extra than simply depend on Shimonek, who’s third nationally with 362 passing yards per recreation.
The Purple Raiders compiled 313 dashing yards on fifty two carries towards the Jayhawks. Justin Stockton ran for a profession-excessive 161 yards whereas 235-pound Desmond Nisby had ninety four yards and 4 touchdowns . Nisby has six TDs in his final three video games.
“The quantity of occasions that they’re handing that factor off is greater than what they’ve been doing,” stated West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. “Their philosophy is to have guys again there throwing it in all places, they usually can nonetheless do this. They’ve 4 wideouts that may go. They’re all very able to with the ability to rating any time they throw them the ball. Then you definitely add that operating recreation factor to it, it’s a totally different deal.”
West Virginia (three-2, 1-1) had a number of defensive gamers return from damage final week and restricted No. 6 TCU to 50 yards under its season dashing common. Which will have been one of many few vibrant spots within the 31-24 loss, which knocked the Mountaineers out of The Related Press Prime 25 ballot .
A yr in the past in Lubbock, Texas, West Virginia raced to a 24-7 halftime lead and compelled Texas Tech to throw the ball to attempt to catch up. The Pink Raiders have been restricted to 34 dashing yards within the forty eight-17…