No, but the Red Raiders (5-1, 2-1) certainly did. Doege was unquestionably the catalyst. He orchestrated an offense that averaged 9.4 yards per play, had 30 first downs and punted just once. His 499-yard passing total was a career high.
And he one-upped Smith, the guy who coming into the game was the runaway early leader in the Heisman Trophy. Not that Doege cared much about that.
"I didn't really think about that. I just liked looking up at the scoreboard and seeing that [final score],'' Doege said. "It makes you feel like a kid. I've always wanted to be a part of people rushing the field.''
With the exception of a brief period in the second quarter, this wasn't even competitive. With Doege throwing for 336 yards and four touchdowns in the first half, Texas Tech rolled up a 35-7 lead by the break.
The Red Raiders had gone ahead 14-0 on their first two possessions, the first time West Virginia had trailed by that much since falling behind Pitt 14-0 nearly a year ago. Doege threw touchdown passes of 39 yards to tight end Jace Amaro and 19 yards to Eric Ward. It should have been a tip to what was about to happen when Amaro caught his TD pass with no defender even around him.
But for a brief time it appeared as if this would merely be the same type of back-and-forth that West Virginia played in a 70-63 win over Baylor two weeks ago. West Virginia quickly countered with a touchdown drive and Smith's 7-yard scoring pass to Bailey to make it 14-7. WVU also drove deep into Tech territory twice before running out of downs. From that aspect, the offense was moving and it seemed only a matter of time before it would begin finishing drives, as well.
But beyond those first few opportunities, the Mountaineers got few others. A week after converting five fourth downs against Texas, West Virginia missed that many against Texas Tech, going 2 for 7 on fourth downs. The Mountaineers also punted a season-high four times.
When Doege went on to throw TD passes of 16 yards to Marcus Kennard and 2 yards to Darrin Moore, then running back DaSale Foster just made the WVU defense look slow and silly on a 53-yard touchdown run, it was 35-7 at halftime and it was over.
Doege added two more touchdown passes to Moore in the second half and West Virginia finally got back on the board on a short run by Dustin Garrison with 21/2 minutes to play, but that was after the score had grown to 42-7.
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