CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia running back Andrew Buie can't wait to get more work.
Thrust into the starting lineup due to injuries, the sophomore has infused some critically needed balance into the Mountaineers' offense over the last two games.
He ran for a career-high 207 yards and scored twice in Saturday's 48-45 win at No. 15 Texas. In one game he eclipsed his yardage total for all of last season. A week earlier he had 82 yards against Baylor.
Buie said he'll be ready to handle the load again when No. 5 West Virginia (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) plays at Texas Tech (4-1, 1-1) on Saturday.
"I'm going to try to play like that every week," said Buie, who credited his success to his blockers. "If the opportunities are there I just want to make the most of them and play ball. I'll take it as long as they're giving it to me."
Buie also caught three passes for 66 yards against Texas, giving Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville more to worry about in terms of slowing down the high-scoring Mountaineers.
"He breaks a lot of tackles. He's got a good burst of speed," Tuberville said. "They've got a good counter punch in terms of running delays and draws and those type of things with him, and also have good screens with him."
So far, Buie has proven he can do handle the task that coach Dana Holgorsen had hoped could be spread among several backs.
Shawne Alston had 123 yards in the season opener against Marshall, hurt his right thigh the following game against James Madison and hasn't had a carry since.
Dustin Garrison underwent offseason knee surgery after being injured in practice leading up to January's Orange Bowl. The coaching staff has brought him along slowly. He's played in three games and has eight carries for 42 yards.
"You have to be ready at any moment when your name is called," Buie said.
Buie had 31 carries against Texas and 25 against Baylor. That's the most in a two-game stretch for any West Virginia back since Garrison had 50 total carries against Bowling Green and Connecticut early in the 2011 season.