Seth Doege looks forward to going up the West Virginia University defense, saying he believes Texas Tech will rebound from a less than stellar offensive performance in last weekend's loss.
"From what I've seen, there is an opportunity there to move the ball and score points," the Texas Tech quarterback said. "We feel like we have the talent and the coaches and everything in place to be one of the most explosive offenses in the country."
Texas Tech, 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12 Conference, hosts No. 5 West Virginia at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in a Homecoming game that will be televised regionally on ABC. Texas Tech enters the game off a 41-20 loss to Oklahoma, while the Mountaineers, 5-0 and 2-0, are coming off a nail-biting 48-45 win at Texas.
The Red Raiders have topped the 40-point mark in three of its first five games, and WVU's defense has not been exactly stingy in giving up points.
"We have set goals," WVU linebacker Isaiah Bruce said. "I think it's 14 points a game. We haven't reached that yet this year, but we are trying to accomplish that."
Doege has thrown for 5,823 yards in his career in Lubbock, and WVU defense knows it will be challenged to stop yet another high-powered Big 12 offense.
"They take their shots downfield," defensive back Pat Miller said. "They play physical, and they've always had a good offense. We just have to be ready for the challenge when it comes up."
The Mountaineers' first two games in the Big 12 have proven to be old-fashioned shootouts, and WVU has had just enough bullets to pull out a victory. But Texas Tech brings with it a defense that is the top-rated one in the conference.
"We've got faith in our defense," Doege said. "They feel confident that they can play, and we feel confident that we are going to put points up. You've got to score points to win, and we're excited about it. We're excited about the opportunity, and we welcome the challenge.