Throwback Game of the Week: Tuberville’s Best Game as a Red Raider
Of course the writing was on the wall for Tommy Tuberville’s time in Lubbock after that fateful day in November 2012 when it took overtime to beat Kansas at home and Tuberville slapped the headset off a grad assistant’s head. But before losing four of the last five games that season, Tuberville had a pretty good thing going.
Before Tommy Tuberville made an ass of himself last week, before the almost gubernatorial run and before the infamous face slap, Tommy Tuberville was leading his Red Raiders to a pretty good season in 2012.
In early October of 2012, the West Virginia Mountaineers were on top of the world. They were cementing themselves at the top of their new home in the Big 12. They were undefeated and ranked no. 5 in the nation after beating Maryland, Baylor and Texas.
The Red Raiders were unranked and coming off a loss to Oklahoma, the only blemish on their record. Despite the loss to Oklahoma, the Red Raiders had high expectations in 2012. Coming off a terrible end to the 2011 season, including embarrassing losses to Oklahoma State, Kansas and Missouri, the Red Raiders were in the midst of a bounce back season.
Jace Amaro looked incredible early that season. Seth Doege, one of the most underrated Texas Tech quarterbacks of all-time, was electric against sub-par, non-conference opponents early in 2012 and continued his hot streak here after stumbling with three interceptions against Oklahoma. Also on this Texas Tech roster was future NFL talent like Jakeem Grant (Miami Dolphins), Cody Davis (Los Angeles Rams), Bradley Marquez (Los Angeles Rams) and Will Smith (currently in the CFL).
The Mountaineers also had some future NFL talent, including QB Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Karl Joseph, among others.
Without knowing all of the things to come after this game, including the eventual fall of the Red Raiders and the cratering of the Mountaineers season, this game provided a great amount of momentum for Texas Tech — even if it only lasted for 14 days before starting the precipitous slide into the Kingsbury era.
The game itself was an absolute can of whoop ass, courtesy of Seth Doege and the Texas Tech offense. This was peak Neal Brown, as the offense racked up 508 passing yards and 168 rushing yards. Doege threw for six touchdowns and 499 of the yards, garnering Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week honors.
On the defensive side of the ball, Cody Davis led the Red Raiders to one of the best defensive performances of the last decade, and by that I mean by Texas Tech standards. The Red Raider defense held an electric WVU offense to just 14 points and 408 yards.
Davis was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts, logging 13 tackles and two pass breakups. Under the leadership of Davis, WVU converted just 30 percent of its third down attempts and 22 percent on fourth down.
Also nabbing “of the week” awards were Tommy Tubs, getting CBS Big 12 Coach of the Week, and the team was honored with the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week.
The only negative from this game on the Red Raider end of things was Jace Amaro receiving a season-ending injury.
If you’re watching the video above, most of the highlights are in the first half when the Red Raiders put up 35 of their 49 points. Doege had two of his six touchdown passes on the first two drives of the game — a bullet to Eric Ward and a 39-yard strike to Jace Amaro. Sadale Foster looks like the fastest man in the planet on a 53-yard touchdown run late in the 2nd quarter.
Texas Tech put a bold period on the game with an eight-plus minute driving, ending in Seth Doege’s sixth touchdown pass. Darrin Moore was on the receiving end, his 3rd of the game.
Though many look back on the Tommy Tuberville era negatively (with good reason), this game was a bright spot and worth the memory.