Penalties Cost WVU; Mountaineers Trail Texas Tech

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The Mountaineers are once again shooting themselves in the foot.

West Virginia currently trails Texas Tech, 20-13, in the first half. The defense has not looked like the nation’s top-ranked unit, and the offense has been even more disappointed – particularly in the play-calling department.


The defense has given up 235 total yards in the first half. Only five yards short of their season average so far. Tech quarterback, Henry Colombi, has had his way with the WVU defense. So far, he has completed 15-of-18 passes for 124 yards and one touchdown. He has also ran in one touchdown in the first half.

Jarret Doege has been solid, completing 16-of-24 passes for 174 yards. Leddie Brown had the Mountaineers only touchdown on a 3-yard run in the first quarter, and currently has 57 yards on 11 carries. WVU finished the first half with 5 penalties for 49 yards – most of which were absolute back-breakers.

Tech is set to receive the second half kickoff.