Included Saturday was a 53-yard touchdown late in the second quarter when running back SaDale Foster ran up the middle, bounced outside, reached the sideline and then outran six defenders to the end zone.
The Red Raiders finished with 686 yards and averaged 9.5 yards per play.
"I don't know what else to say other than we've got to go back to the drawing board," DeForest said. "We're not going to give up on what we've been building on. We've got to continue to build on some positive things."
WVU played without starting defensive end Will Clarke. Freshman Eric Kinsey started in his place and redshirt freshman Kyle Rose shared snaps. The Mountaineers also lost cornerback Brodrick Jenkins and linebacker Isaiah Bruce, who said he had a hip pointer, during the game.
DeForest also pulled cornerback Pat Miller from the game for the second time in three weeks, though only briefly. Miller's replacement, freshman Rick Rumph, allowed a 2-yard touchdown pass. Rumph later replaced the injured Jenkins.
The Mountaineers rank No. 118 out of 120 teams in pass defense, No. 119 in pass efficiency defense, No. 114 in total defense and No. 109 in scoring defense. Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege, who passed for 499 yards and six touchdowns, said he "knew there was an opportunity to throw the football" against WVU.
"When you don't have a pass rush, it's a lot easier to sit back there and take your time going through your reads, identifying safeties and what the defense is trying to do," he said.
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WVU FORCED two turnovers against Texas Tech. Karl Joseph had an interception in the first quarter that looked like a key play at the time as it came in the red zone with WVU trailing 14-7. Fellow freshman safety K.J. Dillon forced a fumble in the third quarter with the Mountaineers down 35-7.
"It was a poor performance defensively, but we played better defensively in the second half and gave them no hope on offense," Holgorsen said.
WVU managed no points off the turnovers and hasn't scored on the past four turnovers forced by the defense.
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WVU ANNOUNCED Friday it had revised Athletic Director Oliver Luck's contract. Luck's new contract runs through 2017 and pays a base salary of $550,000 with annual incentives capped at an additional $150,000.
The contract includes periodic retention incentives where Luck receives a bonus for remaining in his position. Those could total $525,000 if he fulfills the length of the contract.
"I think we've formed a great team and I know I've said this before: It doesn't matter if I'm hiring a dean, a vice president, a provost or an athletic director, I want to hire superstars and other universities are going to want to come after them," WVU President Jim Clements said. "Oliver has done an incredible job across the board, so we wanted to lock him down a couple more years and adjust his salary."
His latest superstar on board, Clements nevertheless chose not to include a buyout in the contract. Clements told the Charleston Daily Mail that was considered.
"I thought about it, but it's not common in college athletics," Clements said. "There are schools that do it, but when you talk about A.D. salaries and you talk about football coach and basketball coach salaries, theirs are much, much, much higher. If we put in a clause and somebody comes after Oliver, they're going to come after Oliver. It's not going to stop them."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at m...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs/dailymail.com/wvu.