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Texas Runs Over West Virginia

No. 23 West Virginia entered Saturday’s game against Texas looking to bounce back from the breaking loss last weekend to TCU. In the end, they ran into a hungry Texas team was working for a bowl bid.

When the gun sounded in Austin, the Longhorns handled West Virginia 33-16.

Clint Trickett and the Mountaineer offense had another rough outing. Trickett finished 35 of 38 for 248 yards and 1 interception. He averaged 5.2 yards per competion.

Kevin White finished with 15 receptions for 132 yards.

Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoopes managed the offense throwing 11 of 29 for 124 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception.

The running of Jonathan Gray and Malcolm Brown was the story for the Longhorns. Gray finished with 101 yards on 10 carries and 3 touchdowns, while Brown added 90 yards on 20 carries.

West Virginia would received the opening kickoff, but was forced to punt after failing to convert on 3rd and 12.

Texas would go 90 yards in six minutes powered by a strong run game when quarterback Tyrone Swoopes found Geoff Swaim for the 2-yard touchdown pass.

Mario Alford would return the kickoff 48-yards, and the West Virginia offense would respond on the arm of Clint Trickett and the running of Rushel Shell and Wendell Smallwood, but a false start on the goal line would force a Josh Lambert 33-yard field goal.

Texas leads 7-3.

West Virginia would force a Texas punt, but couldn’t get anything going on offense. Holgorsen would bring Lambert on again to attempt from 53-yards, but the kick was no good.

That would be the score at the end of the first quarter with Texas driving.

The West Virginia defense would force another Texas punt, but the Horns downed it on the 1-yard line.

After another WVU punt, Texas woud drive once again and score when Jonathan Gray went 32-yards for the Longhorn touchdown extending the lead to 14-3.

Texas would forced another WVU punt.

The Longhorns would drive once again behind a strong run game and Jonathan Gray would once again score from 2-yards out making it 21-3 Texas midway through the second quarter.

After another Mountaineer punt, Texas would take over but come up short on the 46-yard field goal.

Texas would respond when Diggs intercepted Trickett, returning it to the WVU 22-yard line. Nick Rose would come on and add a 39-yard field goal.

24-3 Texas with 1:12 left in the half.

Texas came out in the first half looking like a team wanting to make a bowl game. The Longhorns would find balance on offense, but it was led behind the running of Jonathan Gray and Malcolm Brown. They would finish the half with 266 yards of offense, 178 of that came on the ground.

West Virginia finished the half with 141 yards of offense.

Team Stat Comparison



1st Downs 7 14
3rd down efficiency
2-9 3-7
4th down efficiency
0-0 0-0
Total Yards 141 266
Passing 99 88
13-17 8-14
Yards per pass
5.8 6.3
Rushing 42 178
Rushing Attempts
17 22
Yards per rush
2.5 8.1
Penalties 5-46 2-15
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles lost
0 0
Interceptions thrown
1 0
Possession 14:36 15:24


The West Virginia defense would force a Texas punt to open the second half.

WVU would drive the field once again and the Mountaineers would go on 4th down, but Trickett completed a pass to Kevin White behind the line of scrimmage, giving the ball back to Texas still leading 24-3.

After both teams traded punts, the West Virginia offense finally put a drive together, but the drive ended on a missed Josh Lambert 40-yard field goal attempt.

West Virginia would finally find the endzone at the start of the 4th quarter when Dreamius Smith scored from 10-yards out cutting the Texas lead to 24-10.

The WVU defense would forced another punt, but Clint Trickett was sacked in the endzone for the safety.

26-10 Texas with 10:36 left.

West Virginia would mount another drive behind the running of Dreamius Smith, and the finish of Wendell Smallwood from 3-yards out. Two point conversion failed.

26-16 Longhorns.

With 6:38 left, the Texas offense has 78 yards in the second half, compared to the 266 in the first half.

The Mountaineer defense would force another punt giving WVU a chance, but the offense failed to convert once again on 4th down, and the result was a Texas touchdown to seal the win for the Horns.

Jonathan Gray would score once again from 15-yards out making it 33-16.

And that would be the final score.

The loss drops West Virginia to 6-4 overall, 4-3 in the Big 12 Conference. The Mountaineers have a bye week next week before Kansas State comes to town.

Team Stat Comparison



1st Downs 24 19
3rd down efficiency
3-17 4-15
4th down efficiency
3-5 0-1
Total Yards 441 352
Passing 248 124
35-48 11-29
Yards per pass
5.2 4.3
Rushing 193 228
Rushing Attempts
40 39
Yards per rush
4.8 5.8
Penalties 9-72 4-45
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles lost
1 0
Interceptions thrown
1 1
Possession 31:24 28:16














jerry McGhee
Lead recruiting analyst covering the West Virginia Mountaineers for
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