Many Mountaineers, past and present, will be heading to Morgantown for homecoming weekend. In a long awaited rematch of last year’s instant classic the Longhorns come into Morgantown as heavy favorites. Both teams are coming off of a bye week and should be ready for a game that has turned into almost like a rivalry series the last few years. It’s a game the Mountaineers aren’t supposed to win, but boy will it feel good. Here’s what you should look out for on the field.
Sam Ehlinger returns to where his legacy started: It was about two years ago when Ehlinger took over as the Longhorns QB. That game happened on this exact field. Ehlinger threw for 136 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-14 Longhorns win. Last year the Longhorns felt short against WVU but Ehlinger was electric and so far this year he’s been just that. Ehlinger is poised for a big game this week.
Austin Kendall needs to have a big day: Kendall hasn’t necessarily been disappointing so far but he hasn’t been anything electric either. Kendall has missed his deep ball and has been struggling avoiding sacks. He needs to be on the ball against Texas. The Longhorns secondary is banged up and the Mountaineer receivers have had two weeks to prepare for this one. If WVU wants to win Kendall needs to have a big day.
Expect a electric atmosphere: This game means a lot to West Virginia, and whether Texas wants to admit it or not it means a lot to Texas as well. Last year’s game was full of so many emotions and this year it shouldn’t be any different. Texas wants to horns up the crowd all night long and West Virginia wants to make a clown of the Longhorns on national TV for the second year in a row. It’s a packed crowd with ABC in the house and it’s lining up for a great home crowd advantage for WVU.
Tomorrows headline will be: “Texas gets revenge on West Virginia with a gritty, back and forth win.