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West Virginia football notebook: Offense was 'a little off'

| Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, 9:48 p.m.

LUBBOCK, TEXAS — West Virginia entered Saturday's game at Texas Tech averaging 42.0 points and 570.8 yards per game.

To say the Mountaineers were shocked to be held to a season-low 14 points and 428 yards would be an understatement.

After scoring a touchdown late in the first quarter, West Virginia didn't score again until Dustin Garrison's 2-yard run with 2:41 remaining in the game.

“Nobody likes to think about a seven-point game or a 14-point game, but things happen,” receiver J.D. Woods said.

Offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson suggested that the offense was never fully in sync, the first time that has happened all season.

“It looked like we were just a little off,” Dawson said.

Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said the key was stopping the running game after Andrew Buie rushed for a career-high 207 yards against Texas the previous week.

Texas Tech held West Virginia to 133 rushing yards and 3.7 yards per carry. Buie gained 71 yards on 21 carries.

“Sounds crazy, but we were going to absolutely just make them beat us throwing the ball,” Tuberville said.

Smith streak intact

Quarterback Geno Smith threw 55 passes without an interception against Texas Tech and now has thrown 313 consecutive passes without an interception.

The streak dates to the middle of the fourth quarter in West Virginia's 2011 win at South Florida.

Smith has thrown 259 passes this season without an interception.

He needs 13 more passes without an interception to break Trent Dilfer's season record of 271 passes.

Russell Wilson holds the career record with 379 passes without an interception.

Odds and ends

Junior receiver Stedman Bailey, who leads the FBS with 14 touchdown receptions, left the game with a lower leg injury. Bailey had six catches for 61 yards and one touchdown. … Tavon Austin led West Virginia with nine catches for 114 yards. … Junior defensive tackle Will Clarke of Allderdice was sidelined with an undisclosed injury. Clarke missed practice all of last week, and defensive coordinator Joe DeForest said the decision not to play him was made Friday. … Senior running back Shawne Alston missed another game with a deep thigh bruise. … Running back Ryan Clarke saw limited action but received his first carry in a game since Dec. 4, 2010, against Rutgers.

John Harris is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jharris@tribweb.com.

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