Texas Tech vs. West Virginia History

Staff Writer of RaiderPower.com
Posted Oct 17, 2013


It may not seem like there is much history behind the series, but there is. Texas Tech’s first bowl game came on New Year’s Day in 1938. The opponent was West Virginia and the site was in El Paso at the Sun Bowl. The Mountaineers topped the Red Raiders 7-6. The two teams wouldn't meet again for another 74 years.

Texas Tech and West Virginia have met on the gridiron twice.

It may not seem like there is much history behind the series, but there is.

Tech’s first bowl game came on New Year’s Day in 1938. The opponent was West Virginia and the site was in El Paso at the Sun Bowl. The Mountaineers topped the Red Raiders 7-6.

The next matchup featuring the two teams did not happen until 2012. Texas Tech had just come off a loss at Jones AT&T Stadium against Oklahoma. The Mountaineers seemed unstoppable heading into the game with preseason Heisman Trophy candidate Geno Smith. Add in the fact that Tech’s fan base was divided and a key member of the Mike Leach coaching tree was returning to Jones AT&T Stadium in Dana Holgerson. All No.5 West Virginia needed to do was step off the bus and they’d be 6-0.

Texas Tech had other plans. On homecoming, the student section rushed the field after senior quarterback Seth Doege led the Red Raiders to a 49-14 victory.

After the game, both teams struggled down the stretch. Now, Holgerson may be on Oliver Luck’s hot seat and then Tech coach Tommy Tuberville is at Cincinnati. Holgerson’s former roommate Kliff Kingsbury is the head coach for Texas Tech.

Now Tech is the undefeated team with the wanted head coach while West Virginia is hoping to make a bowl game. It’s amazing how much has changed in one season.


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