West Virginia-Texas Tech football score: Live updates, stats (October 14, 2017)

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West Virginia will face Texas Tech on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Find the score and live updates below.

The Mountaineers (3-2, 1-1) will attempt to rebound after a disappointing 31-24 loss at No. 6 TCU last week. The  Mountaineers had their chances, but failed to produce on a late drive where they was hampered by key late penalties. Earlier, the Mountaineers dropped a season-opening 31-24 defeat to No. 15 Virginia Tech on Sept. 4.

The Red Raiders (4-1, 1-1) cracked the Associated Press Top 25 Sunday after an impressive 65-19 triumph at Kansas. The week previously, Tech dropped a 41-34 home loss to Oklahoma State.

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Iowa State-Kansas football picks, odds

West Virginia is a 3.5-point favorite over Texas Tech. The over/under is set at 75.

ESPN: West Virginia 41, Texas Tech 38

Bleacher Report: West Virginia 48, Texas Tech 38

Athlon Sports: West Virginia 41, Texas Tech 35

College Football News: West Virginia 37, Texas Tech 31

Dallas Morning News: West Virginia 42, Texas Tech 38

West Virginia-Texas Tech: Keys to the game for the Mountaineers

1. Steer away from needless turnovers:

Texas Tech leads the conference and are in the top five nationally with a plus-9 turnover margin this season. The Red Raiders have forced 14 takeaways this season, including seven interceptions and seven fumble recoveries. The Mountaineers  haven’t been as opportunistic with only eight takeaways, including none last week against TCU.

For West Virginia to win the game, they need to be more aggressive after forcing none last week in the TCU loss.

2. Find some rush defense from somewhere:

The Mountaineers have struggled stopping opponents rushing games all season, allowing 214.8 yards per game to rank 109th nationally.

But they showed some improvement last week against TCU’s deep backfield, limiting the Horned Frogs to 170 yards and 4.7 yards per carry. It was a marked improvement from their Big 12  opener against  Kansas  when they were gashed for 367 yards and 7.3 yards per attempt.

Texas Tech will test the Mountaineers with an emerging rushing game. They rang up 313 rushing yards and five touchdowns against Kansas last week. It was Tech’s biggest rushing effort since notching 325 yards against New Mexico in 2012. And it marked only the  second time since 2000 that Tech finished a game with more rushing yards than passing yards.

The Red Raiders have depth at the position with leading rusher Justin Stockton (385 yards, four TDs), .Desmond Nisby  (197 rushing yards, team-best six rushing TDs) and Tre King (171 yards).

West Virginia must improve their rush defense if they have any hopes of beating Tech

3. Hope for another monster game from QB Will Grier

Will Grier has emerged with the fastest start of any new quarterback in West Virginia history, throwing for at least 334 yards in every game and rifling 17 touchdowns against four interceptions.

But one item to note is his completion percentage. In West Virginia’s three victories, Grier has completed at least 60 percent of his passes. In the Mountaineers’ two losses, he has been under 60 percent.

Texas Tech’s secondary has been susceptible all season. Every team but Kansas has completed at least 60 percent against the Red Raiders, who rank 123rd nationally against the pass and have been susceptible all season to mid-range passes. With a deep receiving crew of David Sills V, Gary Jennings, Marcus Simms and the emerging Ka’Raun White, the Mountaineers should have plenty of chances against the Red Raiders.

A big game from Grier will give the Mountaineers their best chance to win and keep their Big 12 title hopes alive.

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