Note: This feature appears in Mountaineer Gameday in Friday editions of the Charleston Daily Mail and Charleston Gazette. Daily Mail Sports Editor Chuck McGill provides numbers and nuggets for West Virginia University's football game. This week, he breaks down Saturday's matchup between the Mountaineers and nationally ranked Texas Tech.
Texas Tech has two quarterbacks among the top five passers in the Big 12. Baker Mayfield has thrown for 1,488 yards and Davis Webb has 965 passing yards this season. WVU doesn't have a single quarterback eligible to be among the leaders, as it requires a player participating in 75 percent of his team's games.
WVU has a chance to pull off a feat this Saturday that has only happened four times in the Mountaineers' football history. If West Virginia beats nationally ranked Texas Tech, it'll give WVU multiple wins over ranked teams in Morgantown this season. WVU has defeated ranked teams at home more than once only four times previously: 1984, 1993, 1994 and 2003.
The Mountaineers are 5.5-point underdogs to Texas Tech, the third time WVU's opponent has been favored at Mountaineer Field this season. It is also the fourth consecutive week West Virginia will enter a game as the underdog, the longest such run since 2001, Rich Rodriguez's inaugural 3-8 season.
Texas Tech wide receiver Eric Ward enters Saturday's game tied for No. 6 nationally in career receptions. Ward and Wake Forest's Michael Campanaro are tied with 206 career catches. WVU receivers coach Lonnie Galloway coached Campanaro last season at Wake Forest.
The Mountaineers and Red Raiders have made it to the red zone a combined 50 times this season, but together they didn't come away with points eight times (four each). That doesn't mean these squads are even, however.
Texas Tech has made it to the red zone 20 more times than WVU, scoring 31 times in 35 trips inside the 20. WVU is 11 for 15 in red-zone scoring chances.