No. 20 West Virginia looks to stay unbeaten vs. Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The last time West Virginia came to play at Texas Tech as a ranked team, the Mountaineers got trounced by 35 points.

On Saturday, the Red Raiders will aim for a repeat of 2012, when they toppled the fifth-ranked Mountaineers. This year West Virginia is ranked No. 20 and unbeaten.

"They're a good team," Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. "Dana (Holgorsen) does a good job schematically week in week out to try to take advantage of what you're doing defensively."

Holgorsen and Kingsbury met more than 15 years ago, when the Mountaineers coach worked for former Red Raiders coach Mike Leach and Kingsbury was the team's quarterback.

"Kliff knows what he's doing," Holgorsen said of the fourth-year coach. "He's going to get those guys ready to go and we have our work cut out for us on defense."

The Mountaineers (4-0, 0-0 Big 12) have had two weeks to prepare, having a bye week after a 17-16 home win Oct. 1 over Kansas State. The Red Raiders (3-2, 1-1) are coming off a 44-38 loss to the Wildcats last week.

At least Texas Tech doesn't have to be concerned about kicker Josh Lambert, who in 2014 hit a career-long, 55-yard field goal as time expired in Lubbock to give West Virginia a 37-34 victory. Holgorsen announced this week — without explanation or further comment — that Lambert, who missed the first three games due to a suspension, was no longer with the team.


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