FINAL: Texas Tech 23, West Virginia 20

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West Virginia running back Leddie Brown (4) rushes for a touchdown against Virginia Tech during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/William Wotring)

Big 12 football is back in Morgantown as the Texas Tech Red Raiders visit the West Virginia Mountaineers a league contest at Milan Puskar Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. and the game is being shown on ESPN2.

Both teams are looking to recover with a win after losing to either side of the Red River Rivalry to close September. West Virginia nearly took its first conference victory over No. 4 Oklahoma in Norman on Saturday, while Texas Tech took a 70-35 walloping from Texas in Austin.

This week’s contest is a special one in Morgantown as WVU holds its annual homecoming weekend. That coincides with the jersey retirement of legendary linebacker Darryl Talley, who helped lead the Mountaineer defense through the early part of the 1980s.

Be sure to stop here for live updates as the game unfolds.

4TH QUARTER

FINAL: West Virginia is unable to mount a game-winning drive in the closing seconds as Texas Tech takes the victory.

FIELD GOAL TEXAS TECH (23-20) – 0:18: Jonathan Garibay makes the kick from 32 yards to give the Red Raiders the lead with seconds to go in the contest.

0:22: WVU pushes the Red Raiders back four yards on third down, but the offense still runs the clock down for a timeout to set up a potentially game-winning field goal.

1:08: The Red Raiders have struck fast with a handful of big plays while bleeding down the clock. West Virginia uses its final timeout as Tech has the ball on the 9 on third and goal.

FIELD GOAL WEST VIRGINIA (20-20) – 4:34: West Virginia chews nearly half the fourth quarter off the clock on this 13-play, 64-yard drive into the red zone. The Mountaineers get a big drive from Winston Wright, who gets his receiving total over 100 yards for the day. The drive came to a halt in the red zone, however, after they couldn’t move the chains one last time, and after a dropped pass in the end zone by Leddie Brown (on a tough pass, all things considered). Casey Legg ties it up with a chip shot.

FIELD GOAL TEXAS TECH (20-17) – 11:46: Texas Tech pushes down the field in nine plays to get into the red zone. The bulk of those yards came on one play — receiver Loic Fouonji bursts through the cover 1 for a massive 46-yard catch on the first play of the quarter to get into Mountaineer territory. The WVU red zone defense holds strong, though, and holds its opponent to a field goal.

3RD QUARTER

END 3Q: West Virginia and Texas Tech are tied at 17. The Red Raiders start with possession on a third down situation.

TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (17-17) – 1:15: This drive is the Isaiah Esdale show — the wide out picks up a total of 74 receiving yards on three catches to push the Mountaineers downe the field. He even caps the series off with a 14-yard touchdown catch, but takes massive hit and appears shaken up and slow to get up. The referees originally call targeting, but take the call back after a review.

4:13: The Mountaineers get their second straight three-and-out as they hold the Red Raiders to just seven yards on this drive. Alonzo Addae, the safety, made a massive hit on first down to start the stand off, knocking the ball out of receiver Travis Koontz’s hands. WVU gets the ball on the 14 after a big punt.

FIELD GOAL WEST VIRGINIA (17-10) – 5:47: The West Virginia offense is alive now — they push all the way down to the red zone with a mix of pass and run, mostly aided by a big pass to Winston Wright plus a facemask penalty. Just as the drive moved, though, it comes to a halt — a false start penalty pushes the team back and forces the team to eventually settle for a field goal.

9:30: West Virginia’s defense comes out of the locker room with an edge. They hold the Red Raiders to their first three-and-out of the contest, aided by a false start penalty on Texas Tech on third down. They seal the stop with a joint sack from Taijh Alston and Akheem Mesidor, and get the ball on their own 35 after the punt.

TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (17-7) – 11:59: The Mountaineers open the third quarter with a bang — Jarret Doege leads the offense down the field on a 75-play touchdown drive that is punctuated by a short run up the gut from Leddie Brown.

West Virginia starts the second half with possession.

2ND QUARTER

FIELD GOAL TEXAS TECH (17-0) – 0:00: Texas Tech punctuates the half by rushing its field goal unit out on the field to sneak three more points onto the board.

1:57: Another productive drive from West Virginia is killed by an 8-yard sack on second down, bringing up a difficult third-and-long situation. Despite a big play from Leddie Brown, WVU is still left with a 4th and 5 on its own 45 and punt. Tyler Sumpter’s punt wasn’t his best, taking a big Red Raider bounce to give the visitors the ball on their own 26.

6:13: Texas Tech is held to its first punt of the game after an 8-play, 22-yard drive. It didn’t look quite as promising for WVU at the start, however, as the Red Raiders opened the drive with a 17-yard pass from Colombi to Trey Cleveland. WVU starts on its own 15 after a short return from Isaiah Esdale.

9:27: West Virginia puts Garrett Greene in at quarterback, but not much changes about the Mountaineers’ offensive production. They do get their longest drive of the day so far, going 11 plays for 54 yards, but the drive ends on downs on the Red Raider 34.

1ST QUARTER

END 1Q: West Virginia trails Texas Tech after one, 14-0.

2:57: West Virginia gets some momentum, earning two first downs in six plays with some decent gains to start the second drive. It comes crashing down when Jarret Doege gets strip sacked, and Texas Tech recovers in Mountaineer territory. The next drive will start on the WVU 34 yard line.

TOUCHDOWN TEXAS TECH (7-0) – 4:51: Texas Tech has very little trouble moving the ball in its second drive. WVU struggles to slow the attack of slant routes, screen passes and runs up the gut, giving up its first touchdown of the game to Kaylon Geiger — ironically, a graduate transfer from Troy. The drive goes 58 yards in 10 plays.

9:18: WVU opens with a three-and-out. Jarret Doege passes on first down over the middle to Bryce Ford-Wheaton, but it is broken up. Neal Brown then feeds the ball twice to Leddie Brown, first on the ground then through the air, but he can’t get more than two yards on either play. Tech takes over with good field position on its own 42.

10:53: The Red Raiders start the game off with some good momentum on offense, using a mix of pass and run calls to get started. The Red Raiders opt to give quarterback Henry Colombi some extra after a couple of first downs, but the drive ends as they try a running back pass trick play that gets picked off by WVU safety Sean Mahone. The Mountaineers take over on their own nine.

Texas Tech will receive the opening kickoff from West Virginia.

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