MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia made a game of it Saturday against No. 16 Texas Tech, but when its offense went dry in the fourth quarter the Mountaineers simply wilted away.
West Virginia scored twice early in the second half and took a 27-16 lead, but then made nary a peep on offense after that and lost to the Red Raiders, 37-27.
It was Texas Tech's eighth win in a row dating to last season and improved the Red Raiders to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the Big 12. West Virginia fell to 3-4 and 1-3.
Texas Tech scored its go-ahead touchdown with 9:30 to play, taking a 30-27 lead on Kenny Williams' 1-yard run. The Red Raiders added a late touchdown on a pass to Jace Amaro with 61 seconds to play to provide the final margin.
Trailing 30-27, West Virginia's offense had two possessions in a row in which it went three-and-out. Had either of those possessions produced anything, the outcome might have been different.
As it was, though, WVU couldn't stop Tech's offense when it counted, especially Amaro. The tight end had nine catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns.
Clint Trickett, making his third start of the season, wasn't always accurate, but he managed to complete 27 of 43 passes for 254 yards and a touchdown. The Mountaineers also got a combined 166 rushing yards from Dreamius Smith and Charles Sims.
Texas Tech started true freshman Davis Webb for the second straight game in relief of injured freshman Baker Mayfield and he was 36-of-50 for 462 yards and a touchdown. The Red Raiders managed to outgain WVU, 573-437. In the fourth quarter, when it mattered most, Tech's yardage advantage was 164-29.
After fighting back from a 13-0 deficit to tie the game at halftime, West Virginia took its first lead, 20-13, when it put together one of its longest drives of the season to open the second half. The Mountaineers went 74 yards in 13 plays over 51/2 minutes to score on Trickett's 4-yard swing pass to Charles Sims. That came three plays after Trickett seemed to turn the ball over when he threw an interception to Austin Stewart, but the play was nullified by a pass interference penalty on Olaoluwa Falemi behind the play.
West Virginia also converted a fourth-and-a-foot on the drive at the Tech 40.
Tech responded with a Ryan Bustin field goal after a long kickoff return, but WVU's offense went right back to work again. The Mountaineers went 72 yards in seven plays this time, using a defensive holding penalty to convert a third down and scoring on Smith's second TD run of the day, from 12 yards. That gave West Virginia a 27-16 lead.
Tech came right back, however, going 80 yards and scoring on a 1-yard Kenny Williams run to cut the lead back to 27-23 with 2:26 to play in the third quarter.
Then early in the fourth quarter, Tech went 84 yards in seven plays to retake the lead, 30-27, on Kenny Williams' 1-yard run with 9:30 to play. The biggest play in the drive by far was Amaro's 37-yard catch and run.