The Texas Tech Red Raiders are ready to put last week's loss to Oklahoma behind them as West Virgina makes its first trip to The Jones on Saturday.

Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville praised West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, "We've got a good football team coming to town.  Scoring a lot of points, averaging 52 points a game.  That's a lot of points.  They do a great job.  They've got an outstanding quarterback (Smith) that loves to throw the ball.  He's strong.  He's quick.  I had a chance to watch him quite a bit in the Manning Camp this summer against all the other quarterbacks in the country, and there was no better kid than him.  He's got great touch on the ball."

Tuberville said that defensively, Tech will keep it simple against the Mountaineers, "We'll bring four.  We'll bring five.  We have just got to make sure that whatever we do, that we tackle at the point of attack.  We can't give up 150 yards after the catch or after we've made contact on the run.  We can't do that."

Meanwhile, Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen said his offense will still have to play at a high level to score on the Red Raider defense, "Defensively, they're one of the top teams in the country. They have given up 200 yards per game, so people haven't moved the ball on them. We were in here 16 hours yesterday trying to figure out creative ways to get first downs. They do a good job against the run, they do a good job against the pass and they create turnovers, and were going to have to play as good as we have all year offensively."

As far as Texas Tech's defense goes, quarterback Seth Doege is confident that they can perform well against West Virginia, "I'm very confident.  I don't think they need to get discouraged.  They need to go into the game knowing they're playing maybe the best offense in the country right now, and the best offense in the country is going to score some points.  So they don't need to get discouraged during the game."

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Offensively, Doege says nothing has changed, "We feel like we have the talent and the coaches and everything in place to be one of the most explosive offenses in the country.  That is the way we approach every game.

"We've prepared.  We've practiced better than I've ever been a part of around here.  It's just a matter of time that we get it all together and perform on Saturday."

Texas Tech goes up against West Virginia this Saturday, 2:30p at Jones AT&T Stadium. SportsRadio 1340 The FAN's Countdown to Kickoff with Steve Dale gets underway at 11:30a. Then join Scott Fitzgerald and Allen Corbin for FAN Feedback, from The Roof, immediately after the game.

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