Final score Texas Tech 37 WVU 27
Too many of several things cost WVU this game. WVU had too many young players that were unable to make big plays to have a chance to defeat a superior team.
Too many receivers allowed themselves to be locked up by Texas Tech defenders. The WVU receivers were unable to shed defensive players' checks and run their routes.
There were too many passes dropped for what should have been large gains by Kevin White and Ronald Carswell. White is big and fast enough but not aggressive enough yet.
Hopefully he will learn to come down with those passes he goes up and gets his hands on. The Texas tech starting cornerbacks are 5'10' and 5'7". Carswell simply has too many dropped passes when he is wide open.
There were too many passes "almost intercepted" by the Mountaineer defense that may have given the offense a chance to win. I cannot understand why the WVU linebackers and defensive backs repeatedly dropped the ball when it hit them in the hands. Those would be interceptions alone may have turned the game around.
Far too many defensive players were struggling to strip the ball as the receiver continued down the field. It is the responsibility of the first defender to make the tackle and get the offensive player to the ground. An assisting tackler should try to strip the ball.
Too many pass and run blocks were missed on offense by the receivers and backs. Often times the ball carrier would make the corner only to be tackled by a defender that should have been blocked.
Too many of Trickett's passes were either too low or too wide for the receivers to make the catch. There was a stretch where Clint Trickett was deadly accurate in the second quarter, but his shoulder must have been hurting the entire second half.
The offensive line dominated the smaller Texas Tech defenders for a while in the second quarter and part of the third, but seemed to tire and become ineffective in the fourth quarter. Trickett was forced to run too many times and he is no Pat White.
The Mountaineers lost to a clearly superior team but still might have won if they had executed on both sides of the ball. Texas Tech is certainly a very good team, possibly second only to Baylor in the Big 12. It's a shame there were too many "too manys" for WVU to maintain a lead and secure an upset.
Come back to WVUPressbox.com tomorrow for a comprehensive post-game article from Jeff Woollard.