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Running game concerns Texas Tech coach

October 9, 2012
By John Wickline - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

Tommy Tuberville already knew of West Virginia's prolific passing attack, but said the added threat of the Mountaineers' running game gives him something else to worry about.

WVU running back Andrew Buie ran for 207 yards on 31 carries, his first collegiate game in which he topped the 100-yard mark and the first game in which WVU ran the ball more than it passed it.

Buie's performance earned him the Big 12 Conference's Offensive Player of the Week, making him the fourth Mountaineer to win the award in the first six weeks of the season.

"Dana (Holgorsen, WVU's coach) understands that running the ball takes pressure off the quarterback," Tuberville said during Monday's Big 12 coaches' teleconference. "They are very physical with the running game. It's very sneaky."

WVU, 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12, travels for a second-straight week to the Lone Star State to battle Texas Tech, 4-1, 1-1.

The Mountaineers are ranked fourth in the latest Associated Press poll and fifth in the coaches' poll, following their nail-biting victory in Austin over Texas.

Texas Tech is listed among "others receiving votes" after losing in Lubbock to Oklahoma last weekend.

Kick-off is slated for 3:30 p.m., and the game will be televised regionally by ABC.

Holgorsen served as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator from 2000-07, aiding the Red Raiders to five bowl game victories. But Holgorsen called the game a business trip for the Mountaineers, not a homecoming for him.

"I'm not going to think twice about it," he said. "I'm over that. Those emotions are gone."

Holgorsen added that it helps having coached at Houston, Oklahoma State and now in West Virginia. He has made road trips back to Texas Tech since leaving there.

"It's nothing new to me," he said. "I'm five years removed, and I've been at three places since then."



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