The Mountaineers offense couldn't find its stride in Lubbock as West Virginia was shocked by Texas Tech, 49-14.
The wind took a toll on the passing game. Gusts around 25 mph noticeably altered throws throughout the game. Texas Tech's offense had no problem with the weather whatsoever.
"It's a team loss," said head coach Dana Holgorsen. "They out played us, they outcoached us. They, on all three sides of the ball, did better than we did."
The fifth ranked Mountaineers offense couldn't manage to find the end zone very often. The two scores of the day came from a seven-yard pass to Stedman Bailey in the first quarter, and a two-yard run by Dustin Garrison with under three minutes remaining.
The Red Raiders scored 35 points in the first half. West Virginia defensive backs couldn't keep up with the receivers wearing red. Red Raiders had 11 players catch a pass, five of whom had a reception longer than 20 yards.
"We're not ready to play primetime yet, I can tell you that," said defensive coordinator Joe DeForest. "We got a long way to go in order to get back to playing good enough defense to winning this league."
The defense did give up a lot of points, but they left the offense several opportunities. Karl Joseph intercepted a Seth Doege pass in the first half, in which the Mountaineers offense then went three-and-out.
Then early in the second half, when a stop was necessary for a possible comeback, K.J. Dillon forced a fumble from Kenny Williams, as Ricky Rumph jumped on it to secure the ball. The defensive efforts were not enough.
Overall, Smith had his worst game of the season. He completed 29-of-55 throws for 275 yards and one touchdown. His decision making was questionable, but several receivers dropped passes as well.
Stedman Bailey left the game in the second half because of an ankle injury. He did not return and his status remains unknown.
Tavon Austin showed some rare spark for WVU. He had nine catches for 99 yards receiving. He also had a kick return that he ran back 47 yards.
Andrew Buie compiled 21 carries for 71 yards. Not even comparable to what he accomplished last week against Texas.
The offense was ranked third in the nation for points per game prior to this contest. They only managed to convert on two-of-seven fourth down converstions, a big drop after converting on all tries last week.
"We just didn't execute offensively," said Holgorsen. "We didn't finish blocks in the run game. We didn't throw and catch like we normally throw and catch. Obviously didn;t finish drives very well so it was a poor performance offensively."
Seth Doege looked more like a heisman contender today. He completed 76% of his passes for 499 yards through the air, including six touchdowns. He also had five rushes for 28 yards.
His main target was tight end Jace Amaro. Despite a brief injury, he managed five catches for 156 yards. That's an astounding 31.2 yards per catch.
The Mountaineers are sure to drop in the Top 25 polls, and a chance for a national title is all but lost. However, a Big 12 title is still in their sights and the next step will be against Kansas State in Morgantown on October 20.