The West Virginia Football team pulled out a thrilling, come from behind victory against the then #24 ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders. Despite struggles on offense and defense in the first half and an 18 point deficit, WVU rallied at half time and played a much better, cleaner half of football en route to a victory.
Will Grier is as good as advertised
Junior quarterback Will Grier was thought by some to be a dark horse contender for the Heisman Trophy at the beginning of the season. Through six games, he has looked every bit as impressive. He has been over 300 yards passing and has had at least two touchdown passes in each game. Grier has put West Virginia in a position to win every game this season, but on Saturday he needed to help WVU climb out of a big hole. Down 18 at half time, things were not looking too good. The running game was virtually non existent and there were some drops by the receivers. In the second half alone, he threw four touchdown passes, three of which came in the fourth quarter. Grier looked comfortable throughout the second half, knowing the state of the game and what he had to do in order to get West Virginia back into the game and ultimately win. When he is given time in the pocket to go through all his reads and has big, physical receivers to throw to, big gains are a common occurrence.
The defense stepped up and made plays when it mattered the most
In the first half, Texas Tech quarterback Nic Shimonek threw for four touchdowns and 252 yards. He was a big part of the reason TTU jumped out to the 11 point halftime lead. The defense, however, made adjustments on him and the rest of the Red Raider offense at the half. Shimonek, in the second half, only threw for 71 yards, with no touchdowns, and one interception. With ramped up pressure up front and the secondary shutting down the receiving corps, it provided a big boost for the offense knowing they could cut into the lead. A strong defensive half was capped off by an interception by Kyzir White with 1:49 left in the game. When called upon to make plays, this defense can show up.
David Sills is becoming the best wide receiver in the country
Junior wide out David Sills has an interesting story. From teenage QB recruit to USC, to ending up at WVU, then to a junior college, then back to Morgantown, few have been through what he has been through. Now back for his second stint as a Mountaineer, Sills is really making a name for himself as a WR. He is leading the nation in touchdown catches at 12 on the season. With a 6’ 4” frame, Sills has become Will Grier’s favorite target outside, and for good reason. With averaging 15.4 yards per reception, when a big play is needed, look for Sills to be involved.
If West Virginia can put together a complete team performance like they did in the second half for a full game, they will be a tough team to beat no matter who the opponent is. The Mountaineers- who are now back in the rankings at #23- travel to Waco, Texas this Saturday to take on the Baylor Bears at 8:00.