After struggling through a miserable performance for much of the game, West Virginia rebounded to claim a wild 46-35 comeback victory over Texas Tech.
It wasn’t pretty. But the Mountaineers won’t complain after scoring the final 29 points of the game after trailing by 18 late in the third quarter.
It snapped a nine-game losing streak to ranked opponents for the Mountaineers as they delighted a homecoming crowd at Milan Puskar Stadium. It was one of the greatest comebacks for West Virginia since joining the Big 12 in 2012.
Here are 3 quick thoughts from the Mountaineers’ wild comeback
1. Will Grier is the most underrated quarterback in the nation.
You don’t hear about him as a potential Heisman Trophy candidate, but Grier has proven even better than any West Virginia fan could have hope.
Grier passed for 352 yards and 5 touchdowns to spark the comeback.
It pushed his streak to six consecutive games with at least 300 passing yards to start his career with the Mountaineers.
Grier started the game by completing his first 10 passes. He couldn’t keep that going, but was nails in the fourth quarter during the comeback with 8-of-10 passing for 109 yards and three touchdowns.
2. West Virginia’s defense stepped up when it most was needed
After being gashed most of the game, the Mountaineers looked like a defeated group late in the third quarter.
Self-inflicted mistakes had killed them all day as they had only one three-and-outs in the game after Tech’s first eight possessions.
Tech mashed West Virginia for 104 rushing yards in the third quarter alone as they started dominating at the half.
But West Virginia rebounded with three consecutive three-and-outs enabling them to take control. Tony Gibson made some changes and the Mountaineers responded.
Kyzir White’s interception provided West Virginia’s first turnover of the game with 1:49 left to seal the victory.
3. Walt Anderson must not like his Monday morning call from Dana Holgorsen
No doubt the West Virginia coach has voiced his displeasure to Anderson, the Big 12’s director of officiating.
But the Mountaineers again were victimized by a dubious call at a critical juncture. Big 12 officials missed an obvious hold on a key fake punt rushing attempt by Dominic Pannazzolo late in the second quarter. Tech wide receiver Cameron Baston appeared to have a handful of a West Virginia defender as the punter scrambled for a first down.
The Red Raiders took advantage of the next play as Nic Shimonek blistered WVU’s defense on the next play. He hooked up with T.J. Vasher on a 53-yard touchdown on the next play.
The Mountaineers were penalized for 93 yards on the game. Some of the venom of Holgorsen’s call on Monday might be muted.
But he’ll still probably call after watching Saturday’s game film.
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