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Bowman was injured when he was sandwiched by a pair of Mountaineers’ defenders, absorbing jarring hits to his chest and upper back just after releasing a pass.

Texas Tech entered Saturday’s Big 12 Conference matchup against No. 12 West Virginia with a 3-1 record and ranked 25th in the nation.

Bowman was second nationally in passing yards with 1,557 through four games, helping the Red Raiders’ offense average 623.5 yards per game — tops in the country.

Before he was injured Saturday, Bowman completed 8 of 19 passes for 111 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Junior Jeff Duffey replaced Bowman.

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Bowman was completing 72.1 percent of his passes and had directed Texas Tech to three consecutive victories following a season-opening loss to Mississippi, including last week’s 41-17 road win at conference rival Oklahoma State.

The 6-foot-3, 210–pound Bowman had 10 touchdown passes against two interceptions through the first four games, including a spectacular performance versus Houston in Week 3.

Bowman shredded the Cougars for 605 yards and five touchdowns in a 59-43 victory on Sept. 15. He was not intercepted in the contest.