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Texas Tech rallies for 37-27 win over WVU

Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb (7) scrambles away from West Virginia linebacker Isaiah Bruce (31) during the second quarter Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia, 37-27.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb (7) scrambles away from West Virginia linebacker Isaiah Bruce (31) during the second quarter Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia, 37-27.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro (22) hauls in a 10-yard touchdown pass in front of West Virginia cornerback Daryl Worley (7) during the first quarter Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech beat West Virginia, 37-27.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro (22) hauls in a 10-yard touchdown pass in front of  West Virginia cornerback Daryl Worley (7) during the first quarter Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech beat West Virginia, 37-27.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia running back Dreamius Smith (2) sprints away from Texas Tech defenders Christopher Knighton (46), Micah Awe (18) and Dennell Wesley (96) to score on a 38-yard touchdown run during the second quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia 37-27.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia running back Dreamius Smith (2) sprints away from Texas Tech defenders Christopher Knighton (46), Micah Awe (18) and Dennell Wesley (96) to score on a 38-yard touchdown run during the second quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia 37-27.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia safety Darwin Cook (25) tackles Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro (22) during the first quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia 37-27.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia safety Darwin Cook (25) tackles Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro (22) during the first quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia 37-27.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia's Terrell Chestnut (16) attempts to recover a fumble by Texas Tech kick returner Austin Stewart (30) during the second quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia 37-27.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia's Terrell Chestnut (16) attempts to recover a fumble by Texas Tech kick returner Austin Stewart (30) during the second quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia 37-27.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia's Brandon Napoleon recovers a fumble by Texas Tech kick returner Austin Stewart (30) during the second quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia 37-27.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia's Brandon Napoleon recovers a fumble by Texas Tech kick returner Austin Stewart (30) during the second quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia 37-27.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett (9) passes downfield as Texas Tech linebacker Branden Jackson (9) provides pressure during the second quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia 37-27.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett (9) passes downfield as Texas Tech linebacker Branden Jackson (9) provides pressure during the second quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia 37-27.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia linebacker Isaiah Bruce (31) forces a fumble by Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb (7)on the one-yard line during the second quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia 37-27.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia linebacker Isaiah Bruce (31) forces a fumble by Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb (7)on the one-yard line during the second quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia 37-27.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia oach Dana Holgorsen works the sideline against Texas Tech during the third quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia, 37-27.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia oach Dana Holgorsen works the sideline against Texas Tech during the third quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia, 37-27.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen leaves the field following his team's 37-27 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen leaves the field following his team's 37-27 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Texas Tech running back Sadale Foster (8) is upended by West Virginia linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (35) during the first quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia 37-27.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Texas Tech running back Sadale Foster (8) is upended by West Virginia linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (35) during the first quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia 37-27.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro (22) hauls in a 10-yard touchdown pass in front of West Virginia defenders Nick Kwiatkoski (35) and Darwin Cook (25) during the fourth quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia 37-27.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro (22) hauls in a 10-yard touchdown pass in front of West Virginia defenders Nick Kwiatkoski (35) and Darwin Cook (25) during the fourth quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia 37-27.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett passes against Texas Tech during the second quarter Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett passes against Texas Tech during the second quarter Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury celebrates with defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt following their 37-27 victory over West Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury celebrates with defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt  following their 37-27 victory over West Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Texas Tech running back Kenny Williams (34) stretches the ball across the goal line in front of West Virginia safety Karl Joseph (8) to score a one-yard touchdown during the fourth quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia 37-27.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Texas Tech running back Kenny Williams (34) stretches the ball across the goal line in front of West Virginia safety Karl Joseph (8) to score a one-yard touchdown during the fourth quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia 37-27.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Texas Tech linebacker Pete Robertson (10) tackles West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett (9) during the third quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia 37-27.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Texas Tech linebacker Pete Robertson (10) tackles West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett (9) during the third quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia 37-27.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Texas Tech defensive back Olaoluwa Falemi (29) breaks up a pass intended for West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White (11) during the first quarter Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia, 37-27.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Texas Tech defensive back Olaoluwa Falemi (29) breaks up a pass intended for West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White (11) during the first quarter Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia, 37-27.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Texas Tech defensive back Bruce Jones (24) breaks up a pass intended for West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White (11) in the end zone during the fourth quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia, 37-27.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Texas Tech defensive back Bruce Jones (24) breaks up a pass intended for West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White (11) in the end zone during the fourth quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia, 37-27.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen screams from the sideline against Texas Tech during the third quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia 37-27.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen screams from the sideline against Texas Tech during the third quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia 37-27.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia running back Charles Sims (3) beats Texas Tech linebacker Terrance Bullitt (1) to the goal line to score on a 4 touchdown pass during the third quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia running back Charles Sims (3) beats Texas Tech linebacker Terrance Bullitt (1) to the goal line to score on a 4 touchdown pass during the third quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Morgantown, W.Va.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia running back Dreamius Smith (2) jumps past Texas Tech defensive back Dee Paul (17) to score on a 12 -yard touchdown run during the third quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia 37-27.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia running back Dreamius Smith (2) jumps past Texas Tech defensive back Dee Paul (17) to score on a 12 -yard touchdown run during the third quarter of their game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia 37-27.

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By Bob Hertzel
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, 3:51 p.m.
 

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — There are reasons why some teams win and others lose, and Texas Tech's 37-27, come-from-behind victory against West Virginia before 54,804 fans at Milan Puskar Stadium on Saturday afternoon was the perfect example.

Perhaps it is best explained in comments from each head coach.

“Fortune favors the bold,” said Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech's first-year head coach.

“We didn't have the fight and the will to want to win,” said West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen.

That provided the essence of a game that West Virginia could have won, believes it should have won, but didn't win because it shut down at the end while true freshman quarterback Davis Webb and tight end Jace Amaro simply outfought the Mountaineers down the stretch.

The unbeaten Red Raiders, ranked 16th in the nation, trailed 27-16 late in the third quarter before scoring 21 unanswered points on two 1-yard touchdown runs by Kenny Williams and a 10-yard TD pass from Webb to Amaro to put away a seventh consecutive victory.

Webb completed 36 of 50 passes for 462 yards and two touchdowns without an interception.

“We're not going to leave it up to anyone else,” Kingsbury said. “We knew it was up to him to make good throws, and today he did that.”

“I can't believe the efficiency with which that guy throws the ball,” said WVU defensive coordinator Keith Patterson. “It looks like he's been the starting quarterback since Aug. 1.”

Instead, it was Webb's second start, replacing Baker Mayfield, who injured his knee against Kansas.

Amaro, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound tight end, was no secret to West Virginia coming into the game. A year ago, he caught five passes for 156 yards and a touchdown against them before exiting for the season with an injury.

In this game, he caught nine passes for 136 yards and both of Webb's TD passes.

“He said to put it on his shoulders for the second half, so that's what I did,” Kingsbury said. “I told him we were going to get a lot of balls to him. When they went up by 11, the ball went his way and he kept making plays. His size, speed and determination are a deadly combination.”

“He's a matchup nightmare,” Holgorsen said.

WVU's ground game took control of the game through the second and third quarters, as Dreamius Smith made two strong runs of 38 and 12 yards for touchdowns, finishing as the game's leading rusher with 89 yards.

Clint Trickett completed 27 of 43 passes for 254 yards and a touchdown for West Virginia.

Late in the third quarter, WVU led, 27-16, but the Red Raiders had all the answers the rest of the way.

“They had enough fight and will to make enough plays to win the game in the end. We did not have that,” Holgorsen said. “We felt good mid-third quarter when we were up 27-16, but the game wasn't over. We refused to make a play on offense, defense or special teams the last quarter and a half. We refused to coach well enough to win the game. That will be addressed.”

The Red Raiders roared back, driving 80 yards to score on a 1-yard run by Williams to make it 27-23.

Another 1-yard burst by Williams early in the fourth quarter regained the lead for Texas Tech, and then Amaro caught his second TD pass with 61 seconds left to clinch it.

Bob Hertzel is a freelance writer.

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