Where the teams differ is that if Tech's run game isn't working, it's no big deal. The Red Raiders can throw the ball. West Virginia has seldom been able to do that.
All of which is why Tech's offense is so much more productive and dangerous.
"It's kind of our goal every week - as it probably is for everybody in the country - to try to take away the run game and try to get them to throw it,'' Holgorsen said. "Unfortunately for us, Texas Tech's as good at throwing the football as anybody out there.
"When you take away one, it obviously makes it easier. But the problem is they're good at both.''
Iowa State made a concerted effort to limit Texas Tech's passing game and wound up doing neither. Not only did the Cyclones give up 251 rushing yards, Tech passed for 415.
"It was more about taking what was there,'' Kingsbury said. "Our quarterbacks did a good job checking us into some runs and our O-line was getting some good movement, so we went with it.''
West Virginia's defense had been pretty good against the run - and the pass, for that matter - up until the Baylor game. Now the Mountaineers must face another balanced team.
"And that obviously poses problems for us,'' Holgorsen said.
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