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Texas Tech Upsets No. 5 West Virginia 49-14 in Big 12 Contest

Seth Doege threw for six touchdowns as Texas Tech University handed fifth-ranked West Virginia University a 49-14 loss, its first of the college football season.

In other games involving the Top Ten schools in the Associated Press Writers’ Poll, it was No. 1 Alabama 42, Missouri 10; No. 9 Louisiana State 23, No. 3 South Carolina 21; No. 4 Florida 31, Vanderbilt 17; No. 6 Kansas State 27, Iowa State 21; No. 7 Notre Dame 20, Stanford 17 (OT); No. 8 Ohio State 52, Indiana 49; No. 10 Oregon State 42, Brigham Young 24.

Doege, who completed 32 of 42 passing attempts for 499 yards yesterday, connected three times with Darrin Moore, who had nine receptions for 92 yards for the Red Raiders.

“I thought Seth did a tremendous job running our offense,” Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. “He’s hard- nosed and he ran the ball.”

Doege threw his first 39-yard touchdown pass to Jace Amaro two minutes into the game, then followed with a 19-yard scoring pass to Eric Ward seven minutes later. West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, who tallied 275 passing yards on 29 of 55 attempts, threw his only touchdown, a 7-yard pass to Stedman Bailey, to trail 14-7 in the first quarter.

“Those guys did a great job of just attacking us,” Smith said. “They attacked us the entire game.”

Doege went on to connect on five unanswered touchdowns before the Mountaineers’ Dustin Garrison sprinted two yards with two minutes, 41 seconds left to play at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.

Texas Tech improved to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the Big 12, while West Virginia fell to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference.

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