MORGANTOWN—Coming off of four straight conference losses and scoring just two touchdowns per game in the last three of those matchups, the West Virginia football team is looking to get back on track this season, with just four regular season games to go in their 2019 campaign.
The Mountaineers (3-5) will be facing Texas Tech (3-5) on Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown in a matchup of teams that are nearly identical to one another.
The Red Raiders are in a similar situation as the Mountaineers this season, dropping their last three conference games as well but only by a total of 16 points combined.
Texas Tech is 103rd in the nation in points per game, averaging 30.8. They are 178th in points against, allowing a total of 235. West Virginia has been very pedestrian on offense, averaging just over three touchdowns per game (21.6) to rank at 223rd in the nation, while allowing 251 points, good enough for 194th nationally.
Although Texas Tech is not ranked in the Top 100 in points per game, they are still moving the ball extremely well. They average 478 yards per game, good enough for 25th nationally. WVU averages just over 302 yards per game, ranking them 252nd in the nation.
The most telling stat may be WVU’s inability to run the football this season. Averaging just 78.9 yards per game, WVU is ranked 276th nationally in that category, while Texas Tech averages 173 yards per contest to rank 104th nationally.
“It’s a game between two teams that are really hungry for a win,” said WVU first-year head coach Neal Brown. “I have a lot of respect for Matt Wells (Texas Tech first-year head coach) and his staff. They did a great job really developing that program at Utah State.”
WVU will need to win three of their last four games to become bowl eligible. The teams they face during that stretch are Texas Tech (3-5) on Saturday, #16 Kansas State (6-2) on Nov. 16th, #23 Oklahoma State (6-3) on Nov. 23rd, and TCU (4-4) on Nov. 29th.
West Virginia has won their five past contests against Texas Tech, although that streak might be in jeopardy this weekend.
Kickoff is scheduled for noon and the game will be broadcasted on ESPN2.