"Maybe some of us," said WVU receiver Kevin White. "We just didn't finish."
There were other problems for the hosts. Even knowing the reputation of tight end Jace Amaro, the Texas Tech standout caught nine passes for 136 yards and two scores.
The special teams were, again, anything but special. There were Mountaineer kickoff returns to their own 11. WVU allowed a 52-yard kickoff return. Holgorsen played into it, passing on a field goal attempt. ("It was not the correct decision," he said.) As always, we could go on and on about the Mountaineers' special-teams performance.
What was striking, however, was how the Mountaineer offense, which finished with 437 total yards, folded the proverbial tent at game's end.
"We played decently for three quarters," Dawson said. "Whenever it got tough, though, it was three-and-out. We didn't have guys that would stand up and make plays."
If WVU's offensive players weren't physically worn down, they appeared to be so mentally.
"We had pre-snap penalties," Dawson said. "We had drops."
And WVU dropped the ball. Texas Tech was away, visiting Puskar Stadium for the first time. The Red Raiders could have been looking ahead to the Oklahoma game.
Yet, at game's end, there was freshman quarterback Davis Webb connecting on a third-and-6 situation to Jordan Davis to seal the game.
Holgorsen said his team didn't have the will to win. He said defensively the team has depth problems.
"Confidence," pitched in White.
What we saw is Texas Tech ran harder. It strained harder. It was more confident.
And that, more than anything, made Saturday's Mountaineer loss a bad one.
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