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West Virginia beats Texas Tech on last-second field goal

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Late field goal completes second half rally

Josh Lambert kicked a 55-yard field goal as time expired to cap a fourth quarter rally as West Virginia edged Texas Tech 37-34 on Saturday in Lubbock.

The Mountaineers trailed 34-20 after Justin Stockton's 69-yard run midway through the final quarter seemingly put the game out of reach.

But West Virginia quarterback Clint threw a 26-yard touchdown to Kevin White on the ensuing possession, Rushel Shell ran for 1-yard score to tie it at 34 with 2:02 left and the WVU defense made several strong stands to give the Mountaineers a chance for the win.

The 55-yard game-winning kick was a cereer-long for Lambert, a sophomore from XXXXXXXXXX.

West Virginia improved to 4-2 (2-1 Big 12) while the Red Raiders (2-4, 0-3) dropped their fourth straight game, losing their first three conference games for the first time since 1990.

After Stockton, who finished the game with XXXXXXXXXXXXX, appeared to put the contest out of reach, West Virginia turned to sophomore running back Wendell Smallwood

In a matter of three plays, Smallwood moved the ball from the WVU 25 to the Texas Tech 27 before Trickett hit White for a 26-yard TD to pull the Mountaineers within 34-27.

After the West Viginia defense forced the Red Raiders to a three-and-out, Trickett heated up. The Big 12 leader in passing yards per game, completed three passes to three different receivers—and took advantage of a Red Raiders pass interference penalty—to move the ball 72 yards to the Texas Tech 6.

Three consecutive running plays later, the Mountaineers faced a 4th-and-goal from the 1. Shell got the call and used a second effort to bully his way into the end zone for the tie.

The WVU defense again forced a punt, giving the ball back to the offense with under a minute remaining.

Smallwood carried three times for 20 yards and Tricket completed two passes to Jordan Thompson to put the ball at the Red Raiders 38-yard line, setting up what appeared to be a long shot attempt at a field goal.

Earlier in the game, Lambert missed a 47-yard field goal to the right that would have made it 27-23. This one, however, was straight and true and sent the Mountaineers home with a big win.

Both quarterbacks were hot most of the day. Trickett completed 28 of 44 passes for a season-low 301 yards and two touchdowns. Davis Webb completed 28 of 46 for 348 yards and three touchdowns for the Red Raiders.

West Virginia's White had his sixth straight game of 100-plus yards receiving, finishing 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.

Smallwood had 15 rushes for 123 yards, while Shell ran for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 24 carries.

The Mountaineers host undefeated Baylor next Saturday at noon.

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