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"The effort was fine," Holgorsen said. "The will to win was not there."
Trailing 27-23, Webb found Amaro for a 37-yard completion and Brad Marquez for 16 yards early in the fourth quarter to set up Williams’ second straight short scoring run.
The outcome was still in doubt until Webb found Amaro with a 10-yard scoring pass with a minute left.
"He’s always very composed at the line of scrimmage," Amaro said of Webb. "He’s been able to drive down the field when we’ve really needed it and that really helps us have a lot of confidence in him."
Amaro, who also had a 10-yard TD catch in the first quarter, finished with nine catches for 136 yards — his sixth straight game with at least eight receptions. He increased his league-leading catch total to 56. Marquez had eight catches for 112 yards.
Texas Tech jumped ahead 13-0 but lost two second-quarter fumbles that allowed the Mountaineers to tie it at halftime.
Webb took two hard hits at the end of an 11-yard run. Linebacker Isaiah Bruce forced the fumble and recovered it at the West Virginia 1.
The Mountaineers then drove the length of the field, with Smith scoring on a 38-yard run.
After Texas Tech’s Austin Stewart fumbled away the ensuing kickoff at the 17, West Virginia kicked a short field goal to head into the locker room tied at 13-13.
Texas Tech’s Olaoluwa Falemi was flagged three times for pass interference, the final time on a pass that teammate Stewart intercepted at the Red Raiders’ 1-yard line early in the third quarter. Three plays later, Trickett threw a 4-yard scoring pass to Sims.
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