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Texas Tech drops 4th straight in 37-34 loss to WVU on last-second, 55-yard Mountaineers FG

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LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech is having a considerably different season than last year when they were undefeated through six games.

After seven wins a year ago, the Red Raiders were ranked No. 10. They then lost their final five games to close the regular season.

This year there are questions about whether Texas Tech will win enough games to go to a bowl.

"It's been bad the whole year, so we've just got to continue to fight and continue to get better and figure out how to win some games," coach Kliff Kingsbury said about how tough the losses have been psychologically this year.

Sophomore Josh Lambert kicked a career-long 55-yard field goal as time expired to lead West Virginia to a 37-34 win over Texas Tech on Saturday.

The Mountaineers (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) rallied from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to beat the Red Raiders (2-4, 0-3), who dropped their fourth straight game, losing their first three conference games for the first time since 1990.

It's the first time in 20 years that the Red Raiders have started 2-4.

"We'll respond next week against Kansas," Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb said. "It's a great opportunity at a great platform to play at home and really try to get our first win in the Big 12 conference and go from there."

Texas Tech's Justin Stockton ran for a 69-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter before West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett threw a 26-yard touchdown to Kevin White, and Rushel Shell ran for 1-yard score to tie it at 34 with 2:02 left.

PHOTO: West Virginia's Rushel Shell tries to get past Texas Tech's Keenon Ward during an NCAA college football game in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Tori Eichberger)
West Virginia's Rushel Shell tries to get past Texas Tech's Keenon Ward during an NCAA college football game in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Tori Eichberger)

Trickett, the conference leader in passing yards per game, was held to a season-low 301 yards. He completed 28 of 44 passes and had two touchdowns.

Webb completed 28 of 46 for 348 yards and three touchdowns for the Red Raiders. He also threw his 11th interception of the season; he had nine last year in 10 games.

"It shouldn't have ended like that, but we had plenty of chances to make it like that," Webb said. "We were up by two touchdowns and they went down to score, and then we kind of stalled and they scored again, so it's all the credit in the world to them, but we had plenty of chances for it not to come down to that."

When Lambert came out to try to win the game with 3 seconds left in regulation, he must not have been thinking back to earlier in the fourth quarter when he missed a 47-yard field goal to the right that would have made it 27-23.

White, a 6-3, 210-pound senior who came into the game leading the nation in receiving yards (765) and receiving yards per game (153), had his sixth straight game of 100-plus yards receiving. He finished with 123 yards on 13 catches.

Texas Tech sophomore Devin Lauderdale had a career-high 112 yards receiving and caught two of Webb's touchdown passes.

Penalties were again a problem for Texas Tech, which has been flagged more than any team in the country. The Red Raiders had 12 penalties for 115 yards. Two of those helped the Mountaineers on the drive that tied it at 34-34.

Texas Tech got just a field goal off a third-quarter fumble by a scrambling Trickett to go up 27-13. On the second play of West Virginia's ensuing possession, Trickett found Jordan Thompson wide open over the middle for a 56-yard touchdown to whittle the Mountaineers' deficit to 27-20 late in the third quarter.

Texas Tech's offense looked better in the first half than it has all season, and at 21-10 it was the first time the Red Raiders led at the break since leading Kansas 20-10 on Oct. 5, 2013.

For WVU, it was the fewest points in a first half since scoring just seven against Kansas last November.

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