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West Virginia is 4-1 at home this season and snapped a four-game losing streak with a 31-26 win over Texas Tech last week. "In the end we got a win and everyone is happy", Howard said. The team was able to display its defensive ability as it held Texas Tech to 378 yards, which is over 46 yards less than usual. Their home/road splits show they are almost 150 yards better on both sides of the ball in the comfy confines of Milan Puskar Stadium. It's been a tough few weeks on everybody. "I take something from every game and get better at it. I'll continue to do that and get even better".

Holgorsen doesn't think it will get much easier against Texas Tech.

When Holgorsen was hired at West Virginia for the 2011 season, he had the chance to further develop his version of the Air Raid offense learned under Mike Leach at Texas Tech.

Smallwood started the drive, which started deep inside theĀ West Virginia territory, with an 11-yard run.

Coach Dana Holgorsen was impressed with the Mountaineers defense," they exceeded what my expectations were defensively just because how potent these guys are", Holgorsen said.

"I'd prefer it not to be the only thing that we're doing", he said. At times it looked like they could compete with the best teams in the conference. It was an impressive feat considering the Red Raiders' high-powered offense is ranked No. 4 in total offense. Howard has completed 43 percent overall in conference play with seven TD passes and eight interceptions.

Kicker Josh Lambert missed another field goal, making him 11-16 on the year. The Red Raiders are coming off a 70-53 loss to Oklahoma State. It was the first time West Virginia had been ahead in a Big 12 game this year. WVU leads Tech at the half, 17-14.

"Texas has great personnel, great coaches, great resources and great facilities", Holgorsen said. "We ran for 300 yards, we did a good job up front".

- WVU retakes the lead on a Rushel Shell 3 yard score. The Mountaineers will have to have their defense on high alert when the Red Raiders visit Saturday. The 5-foot-7 senior is 110 yards away from overtaking Eric Stephens for the school record for kick return yards and is 155 yards from passing Michael Crabtree as the career receiving yards leader. Senior running back DeAndre Washington (10 touchdowns) needs 68 yards to become the first Red Raider to rush for 1,000 in back-to-back seasons since Byron Hanspard in 1995 and 1996.

"We can't have any distractions", Strong said. The Bad: Injuries and turnovers have been a big problem for West Virginia on the trot this season.