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This week we answer "There were many things that contributed to the loss vs West Virginia, what to you was the most damaging?"
Jamie Lent - The Morning Drive and Press Box
I think the most damaging thing from the loss was the three turnovers. Two of them lead to touchdowns for WVU and the other killed your chance at points just before half. Take a couple of those turnovers away and it is a completely different game.
Zach Logsdon - The Morning Drive and End of the Bench
I think getting down 28-7 after the first quarter was pretty brutal. #HotTake. I think you had fans there ready to believe in this team after a dominant performance in Stillwater the week before, and Tech comes out and lays that egg. If you want people to believe you've changed, maybe go ahead and present that product on the field.
Jeff McGuire - End of the Bench and The Bottom Line
The slow start, the minus three in turnovers and Bowman getting knocked out all hurt you chances of victory. However if you could have just caught the football all of that could have been made up for in the game. The nine or ten drops killed drives, put you behind the chains and forced you into bad situations. Cut that number in half or even better a third and all of the other things fall to the way side. It was also so un-Tech receiver like to have that many drops in one game. I feel like the guy in the stands at a baseball game yelling "Just throw strikes" but "just catch the ball" and you solve a lot of problems. It's not that easy, but it kind of is that simple.
Chois Woodman - The Bottom Line
I think obviously the most damaging factor in the West Virginia game was the slow start. The defense has failed to wake up for the first quarter multiple times this season. The Red Raiders have given up 83 points in the first quarter of games this season - compared to 72 points in all of the other quarters combined. Texas Tech has to do a better job of starting fast against good teams, or it's not going to win. Tech can survive a game like that against Kansas, but it won't hold up against the Mountaineers.
Rob Verby - The Press Box and Fox34 Sports
The most damaging would be the loss of Alan Bowman. Though he didn't look great in the first half, he still is your best option at QB. Jett Duffey provided a much needed spark but also killed you with two INTs one into triple coverage and the other with a chance to tie late. With that said i would still like to see Duffey used when Bowman starts.. either out of the backfield, in a wildcat formation, or with him at QB just to change things up a bit if needed.
Zach Sparkman - The Press Box and Tech Talk
While the 35-10 deficit is the obvious answer, I’ll dive a little deeper and say the dropped passes. Bowman’s interception on Techs first drive, off the hands of the receiver, Antoine Wesley’s big 3rd down drop after that played a big part in Techs 28-7 first quarter deficit. Who knows, maybe Tech scores on those drives and that helps spark something on the defense and limits some of the first half damage.
Cassie Carlson - Fox34 Sports
The start was the most damaging in my opinion. Tech allowed West Virginia to score on 4 out of their 5 drives in the first quarter and gave Will Grier way too much time to throw the ball. On offense in the first half, the number of dropped balls forced way too many three and outs. Things turned around in the second half and it was made clear that it was a winnable game, which is most frustrating. While Jett Duffey’s pick six came after they brought it to a one possession game, that was the only time WVU scored in the second half. So I think it still goes back to the fact that the team dug itself into a whole in the 1st quarter. Hopefully Bowman is back sooner rather than later, that would be most damaging in the long run.
Luke Lyles - Producer Extraordinaire
Our defense in the 1st half was the obvious deal breaker. Our corners were giving the West Virginia WRs way to much room and they exploited that so fast with all sorts quick passes. West Virginia was getting anything they wanted in the 1st half and more. You can’t allow 35 points in one half of football and expect a win. Many other factors played into the loss, but 1st half Defense is clearly the biggest.