By Krista Pirtle


Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas


(TNS) —Skyler Howard is used to flying under the radar.


The Stephen F. Austin walk-on and starting signal caller at Riverside City College in California is often overlooked in a conference loaded with quarterback talent.


However, after leading No. 18 West Virginia to a 48-17 victory over Texas Tech in Lubbock Saturday afternoon, Howard will certainly get some more deserved attention, at least from the Red Raider contingent.


Most of them, however, will blame the Texas Tech defense, saying the No. 100 defense in the country can make anyone look good.


Howard’s completion percentage was an improved 67.8 against Texas Tech on Saturday as he threw for 318 yards and one touchdown.


He also ran for 89 yards and a pair of scores.


“His job is to hold the back side,” WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said. “They weren’t respecting that, so we got him loose a little bit. He’s able to do that.”


Coming into the weekend, this match-up was expected to be a shootout.


But the play of the Mountaineer defense shut that possibility down early as the Red Raider offense was forced to punt on their first two drives.


Overall, West Virginia held the No. 1 offense in the country to 379 yards, 270 less than the its average.


Red Raider quarterback Patrick Mahomes II was held to his lowest numbers of the season across the board.


The Mountaineers put the pressure on him. They entered the game with five sacks on the season.


West Virginia finished with a season-high four against the Red Raiders.


West Virginia is now 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in Big 12 play.