West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, who was a receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator with Mike Leach at Texas Tech from 2000-2007, said he and his staff have spent hours looking for creative ways to get first downs against the Red Raiders. The offense, he said, is going to have to play as well as it has all season.
"They're technically sound,'' Holgorsen said of Texas Tech's defense. "That poses problems when you don't know what they're going to do. That aggravates you from a game-plan standpoint. We can come up with a bunch of plays, but it's just hard to execute against them.''
Johnson said the run-pass threat of Smith and his receivers and Buie is an opportunity.
"It gives us the challenge, gives us the chance to show what we can do,'' he said. If "we can tackle the pass and contain it as much as we can and force them to run the ball and force them to be one-dimensional, I feel we'll affect them greatly.''
Against Oklahoma, the Red Raiders defensive woes began early. Texas Tech watched as Oklahoma put together a 12-play drive on its first possession that included three third-down conversions - the last a third-and-10 from the Red Raiders' 13 that resulted in a touchdown pass from Landry Jones to Justin Brown.
The rest of the way, the Red Raiders gave up field goals or touchdowns on drives of nine, eight, six (twice) and 10 plays. The biggest drive came after Texas Tech gambled and failed on fourth-and-5 from the OU 36 early in the second half. The Sooners sacked quarterback Seth Doege for a 10-yard loss and the short field quickly led to 31-13 lead after a 1-yard run by Blake Bell.
"In this league, as tough as it is, you're not going to be able to bring your `A' game every week,'' Tuberville said. "We hope we bring it this week, because we obviously didn't bring it last week.''