PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Josh Lambert’s 55-yard field goal as time expired lifted the West Virginia Mountaineers to a thrilling 37-34 come from behind win at Texas Tech Saturday in Big 12 play.
Not only did Lambert’s boot sail perfectly through the uprights to give the ‘Eers a much needed road win, it also prompted his head coach to finally speak with him.
“He finally talked to me,” said a jubilant Lambert on Twitter after the game was won.
WVU head coach Dana Holgorson has had a penchant to not speak with his kicker. It has worked this season as Lambert has beaten Maryland at the gun with a game-winning kick too.
He also did it in an overtime win over TCU last season.
Asked if he talked to his kicker during the game, Holgorsen said, “Who?”
“I didn’t say anything to him. I don’t need to say anything. I knew when he missed one in the fourth quarter I knew we were in great shape because I knew he would come back and drill one when we needed it.”
West Virginia clearly needed it. The Mountaineers (4-2, 2-1) scored 17 unanswered points over the remaining 7:32 to erase a 14-point deficit to pick up another important road victory.
The winning drive began at the WVU 20 with just 52 seconds left and Holgorsen possessing two timeouts.
After three Wendell Smallwood runs netted 12 yards, Clint Trickett worked the middle of the field to Jordan Thompson three straight times for a total of 33 yards.
Thompson’s last catch placed the ball at the Red Raider 46. After a Smallwood 8-yard run moved the ball to the 38, Holgorsen used his final timeout with seven seconds left.
Then, Lambert used his leg to propel the Mountaineers to a rather large road win.