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Grier throws for 5 TDs, West Virginia beats Texas Tech 46-35

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia finally beat a ranked opponent, using a big rally to do it.

Will Grier threw four of his five touchdown passes in the second half and West Virginia overcame an 18-point deficit after halftime to beat No. 24 Texas Tech 46-35 on Saturday.

West Virginia (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) beat a team in the AP Top 25 poll for the first time in 10 tries dating to the 2014 season. The Mountaineers dropped close games earlier this season to No. 6 TCU and No. 15 Virginia Tech.

''Things weren't going great,'' said West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. ''Our guys were just fighting and kept hanging in there. We finished for the first time this year in a close game.''

Nic Shimonek threw four first-half TD passes for Texas Tech, but the Red Raiders (4-2, 1-2) got little going after halftime and made plenty of mistakes to enable the Mountaineers to mount their comeback.

Ka'Raun White had fourth-quarter TD catches of 32 and 17 yards to give the Mountaineers their first lead, and Grier capped the scoring with an 11-yard pass to Sills with 3:23 left.

Sills also had scoring catches of 13 and 8 yards to boost his national-leading total to 12 this season. Grier completed 32 of 41 passes for 352 yards.

White's brother, Kyzir White, intercepted Shimonek on Texas Tech's next drive to dash the Red Raiders' hopes.

It was Shimonek who looked unstoppable at the start of the game. He threw TDs on four of Texas Tech's first five possessions, including strikes of 60 and 53 yards to T.J. Vasher. The Red Raiders' Dominic Panazzolo converted a fake punt for a first down to set up one of Vasher's long scores, and Texas Tech led 28-17 at halftime. Tre King's 30-yard TD run put Texas Tech ahead 35-17 early in the third quarter.

Shimonek went 24 of 39 for 323 yards.

''Until late I felt like everybody was playing at a high level,'' said Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury. ''We've just got to execute better against a good team like that on the road. You knew they'd make a run and we weren't ready for it.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders, whose regular kicker Clayton Hatfield did not make the trip, missed three field goals and were flagged 16 times for 159 yards, including three pass interference calls on the same third-quarter touchdown drive for West Virginia that shifted the momentum.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers were held under 500 yards of offense for the first time this season but they made their yards count. It marked the second-biggest comeback in the second half for West Virginia since its stadium opened in 1980. West Virginia overcame a 19-point deficit to beat Maryland in 1992.

FG VS. FIRST DOWN

Down 35-32 early in the fourth, West Virginia called timeout to talk over a fourth-and-1 at the Texas Tech 17. Instead of kicking a tying field goal, the Mountaineers' offensive linemen persuaded Holgorsen to go for it.

''I'd like to think I was the loudest,'' said right tackle Colton McKivitz. ''Coach Holgorsen was like, `Are you guys going to get this?' and we all kind of gave him a `Are you kidding me? Why would you ask that?'''

Holgorsen didn't try to talk them out of it.

''They had that kind of confidence and at that point in the game I was more interested in taking the lead,'' Holgorsen said. ''I said ''OK, it's on your shoulders.''

Grier ran for the first down - barely - and found White with a pass in the end zone on the next play.

LITTLE RUSH

The Mountaineers were limited to 44 rushing yards, which put pressure on Grier to get them out of several third-and-long situations. Big 12 rushing leader Justin Crawford was held to 47 yards on 14 carries.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Texas Tech will fall out of the AP poll, while West Virginia, which fell out a week ago after the loss at TCU , could sneak back in.

UP NEXT

Texas Tech: Hosts Iowa State next Saturday.

West Virginia: Plays at Baylor next Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:23
48-M.Molina extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
46
Touchdown 3:23
7-W.Grier complete to 13-D.Sills. 13-D.Sills runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
45
yds
03:31
pos
35
45
Point After TD 9:14
48-M.Molina extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
39
Touchdown 9:14
7-W.Grier complete to 2-K.White. 2-K.White runs 17 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
78
yds
02:52
pos
35
38
Two Point Conversion 13:03
7-W.Grier complete to 13-D.Sills. 13-D.Sills to TT End Zone for 2 yards. Conversion is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
32
Touchdown 13:03
7-W.Grier complete to 2-K.White. 2-K.White runs 32 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
66
yds
01:37
pos
35
30
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:07
48-M.Molina extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
24
Touchdown 5:07
7-W.Grier complete to 13-D.Sills. 13-D.Sills runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
118
yds
04:04
pos
35
23
Point After TD 9:11
49-M.Barden extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
17
Touchdown 9:11
24-T.King runs 30 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
80
yds
02:05
pos
34
17
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:35
49-M.Barden extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
17
Touchdown 5:35
16-N.Shimonek complete to 9-T. Vasher. 9-T. Vasher runs 53 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
75
yds
02:09
pos
27
17
Point After TD 7:44
48-M.Molina extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
17
Touchdown 7:44
25-J.Crawford runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
54
yds
03:07
pos
21
16
Point After TD 10:58
49-M.Barden extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
10
Touchdown 10:58
16-N.Shimonek complete to 2-K.Coutee. 2-K.Coutee runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
45
yds
02:31
pos
20
10
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 4:00
48-M.Molina 43 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
65
yds
03:58
pos
14
10
Point After TD 7:58
49-M.Barden extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 7:58
16-N.Shimonek complete to 14-D.Cantrell. 14-D.Cantrell runs 6 yards for a touchdown. Penalty on WVU 49-L.McDougle Offside declined.
11
plays
68
yds
04:03
pos
13
7
Point After TD 12:07
48-M.Molina extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 12:07
7-W.Grier complete to 13-D.Sills. 13-D.Sills runs 31 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
75
yds
00:46
pos
7
6
Point After TD 12:53
49-M.Barden extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 12:53
16-N.Shimonek complete to 9-T. Vasher. 9-T. Vasher runs 60 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
72
yds
00:33
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 27 28
Rushing 10 5
Passing 14 16
Penalty 3 7
3rd Down Conv 5-14 4-13
4th Down Conv 2-2 1-1
Total Net Yards 494 357
Total Plays 72 70
Avg Gain 6.9 5.1
Net Yards Rushing 190 44
Rush Attempts 33 29
Avg Rush Yards 5.8 1.5
Net Yards Passing 304 313
Comp. - Att. 24-39 32-41
Yards Per Pass 7.8 7.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-19 4-39
Penalties - Yards 16-159 9-93
Touchdowns 5 6
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 4 5
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 4-41.3 4-39.0
Return Yards 118 66
Punts - Returns 1-2 3-23
Kickoffs - Returns 5-116 2-42
Int. - Returns 1-0 1-1
Kicking 5/8 6/6
Extra Points 5/5 5/5
Field Goals 0/3 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
24 Texas Tech 4-2 14147035
West Virginia 4-2 10772246
304 PASS YDS 313
190 RUSH YDS 44
494 TOTAL YDS 357
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Shimonek 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.5% 323 4 1 159.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70.1% 2134 18 4 168.7
N. Shimonek 24/39 323 4 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Stockton 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 96 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
72 481 4
J. Stockton 15 96 0 29
T. King 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 67 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
36 238 2
T. King 8 67 1 30
D. Panazzolo 85 P
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 13 0
D. Panazzolo 1 13 0 13
C. Batson 13 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 19 0
C. Batson 2 12 0 7
D. Nisby 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 198 6
D. Nisby 2 1 0 1
N. Shimonek 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
24 -68 0
N. Shimonek 5 1 0 15
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Vasher 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 113 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 129 2
T. Vasher 2 113 2 60
K. Coutee 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 86 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
45 672 6
K. Coutee 6 86 1 22
D. Cantrell 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 85 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 407 4
D. Cantrell 8 85 1 20
J. Stockton 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 182 1
J. Stockton 3 18 0 11
D. Felton 27 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 12 0
D. Felton 1 12 0 12
T. King 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 23 0
T. King 2 7 0 7
Q. Shorts 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 110 2
Q. Shorts 1 4 0 4
D. Willies 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 285 3
D. Willies 0 0 0 0
C. Batson 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 255 1
C. Batson 1 -2 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
Ja. Johnson 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
Ja. Johnson 6-1 0.0 0
M. Thomas 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
M. Thomas 5-0 0.0 0
J. Brooks 1 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 0.0
J. Brooks 5-1 0.0 0
K. Hill 13 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
K. Hill 4-0 1.0 0
D. Allen 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 2 0.0
D. Allen 4-1 0.0 0
V. Dorsey 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
V. Dorsey 4-1 0.0 0
J. Lane 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Lane 4-0 0.0 0
J. Parker 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
J. Parker 4-1 0.0 0
D. Smith 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
D. Smith 3-0 0.0 1
W. Sykes 19 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 1.0
W. Sykes 3-0 1.0 0
B. Washington 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
B. Washington 3-1 1.0 0
Q. Yontz 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
Q. Yontz 2-0 0.0 0
Ja. Johnson 8 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Ja. Johnson 1-0 0.0 0
D. Fields 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
D. Fields 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Barden 49 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/3 5/5
SEASON FG XP
4/8 19/19
M. Barden 0/3 0 5/5 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Panazzolo 85 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 41.3 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
23 40.2 0
D. Panazzolo 4 41.3 0 46
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Batson 13 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 23.2 33 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 23.6 33 0
C. Batson 5 23.2 33 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Batson 13 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 3.1 2 0
C. Batson 1 2.0 2 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
W. Grier 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
78% 352 5 1 185.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.7% 2092 21 5 167.8
W. Grier 32/41 352 5 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Crawford 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 47 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
94 609 7
J. Crawford 14 47 1 19
K. McKoy 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 35 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
45 251 3
K. McKoy 7 35 0 9
W. Grier 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 -36 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
45 104 2
W. Grier 7 -36 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Ka. White 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 114 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
31 461 5
Ka. White 8 114 2 32
D. Sills V 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 89 3
SEASON REC YDS TD
39 601 12
D. Sills V 6 89 3 31
M. Simms 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 72 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 315 3
M. Simms 6 72 0 26
G. Jennings 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
9 68 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
48 586 1
G. Jennings 9 68 0 14
J. Crawford 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 30 0
J. Crawford 2 6 0 3
E. Wellman 28 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 22 0
E. Wellman 1 3 0 3
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Long 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
D. Long 9-0 0.0 0
A. Benton 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 1 0.0
A. Benton 7-1 0.0 0
Ky. White 8 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 3 0.0
Ky. White 6-2 0.0 1
E. Battle 19 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
E. Battle 5-1 0.0 0
D. Askew-Henry 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
D. Askew-Henry 4-0 0.0 0
M. Daniels 4 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
M. Daniels 4-0 0.0 0
A. Shuler II 88 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
A. Shuler II 3-0 1.0 0
T. Avery 16 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
T. Avery 3-1 0.0 0
E. Rose 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
E. Rose 3-0 1.0 0
X. Preston 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
X. Preston 2-0 0.0 0
K. Robinson 2 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Robinson 2-0 0.0 0
M. Gross Jr. 18 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Gross Jr. 1-0 0.0 0
L. McDougle 49 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
L. McDougle 1-0 0.0 0
D. Bowen 19 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Bowen 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Molina 48 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 5/5
SEASON FG XP
4/7 35/35
M. Molina 1/1 43 5/5 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Kinney 15 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 39.3 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
28 39.1 0
B. Kinney 3 39.3 0 48
J. Young 80 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 38.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
2 36.0 0
J. Young 1 38.0 0 38
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Simms 8 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 21.0 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 28.4 22 0
M. Simms 2 21.0 22 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Simms 8 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 7.7 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 7.0 12 0
M. Simms 3 7.7 12 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:26 TXTECH 28 0:33 2 72 TD
12:01 TXTECH 37 4:03 11 63 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
3:55 TXTECH 25 3:18 10 49 FG Miss
13:29 WVU 45 2:31 7 45 TD
7:44 TXTECH 25 2:09 5 75 TD
2:41 WVU 46 2:32 13 35 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 TXTECH 22 2:16 5 15 Punt
11:16 TXTECH 20 2:05 5 80 TD
4:57 TXTECH 25 3:01 8 56 FG Miss
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:01 TXTECH 31 0:00 3 0 Punt
13:03 TXTECH 25 0:47 3 2 Punt
9:06 TXTECH 18 2:01 3 -12 Punt
3:16 TXTECH 26 1:22 6 10 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WVU 25 1:25 3 6 Punt
12:53 WVU 25 0:46 3 75 TD
7:58 WVU 25 3:58 11 50 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 WVU 26 1:17 3 -8 Punt
10:51 WVU 32 3:07 10 68 TD
5:29 WVU 10 2:36 7 -2 Punt
0:05 WVU 20 0:00 1 -2 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:24 WVU 44 0:58 3 8 Punt
9:11 WVU 25 4:04 12 75 TD
1:52 WVU 20 1:41 4 14 INT
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:40 WVU 34 1:37 5 66 TD
12:06 WVU 42 2:52 8 58 TD
6:54 TXTECH 45 3:31 7 45 TD
1:49 WVU 36 1:28 3 7 Game