A look back at how it all happened Saturday:
Texas 0, West Virginia 0. Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger both saw playing time, but two penalties and a John Hurt drop derailed the Longhorns’ offense. West Virginia was held to 98 yards, but the Mountaineers were inches away from scoring. A replay overturned a Justin Crawford touchdown run, then Will Grier lost the fumble while trying to cross the goal line. The play was a costly one for the Mountaineers: Texas was awarded a touchback and Grier left the game with an injured middle finger to his throwing hand.
Halftime: Texas 14, West Virginia 0. Buechele remained on the sideline as Ehlinger took control of the Texas offense. The Longhorns’ two touchdown drives featured highlight plays from the freshman — an 8-yard run on fourth-and-2, a 17-yard scramble on third-and-9 and a 23-yard catch from a Jerrod Heard receiver pass. The two scores were caught by Kendall Moore (his first catch as a Longhorn) and Chris Warren III, who has converted into a blocking back role. It was the first time West Virginia’s been shut out in a half since October 2016.
Texas: Kendall Moore 4-yard pass from Sam Ehlinger (Mitchell Becker kick, 10:55)
Texas: Chris Warren III 20-yard pass from Ehlinger (Becker kick, 2:29)
Texas 21, West Virginia 7. The Mountaineers kept within striking distance thanks to a critical mistake by Ehlinger, who threw an ill-advised pass while going down on a sack. It was picked off by Kenny Robinson, who returned it for a 94-yard touchdown (the fourth-longest in WVU history). But Texas got that touchdown back on Kyle Porter’s fourth score of the season.
West Virginia: Kenny Robinson 94-yard interception return (Evan Staley kick, 5:29)
Texas: Kyle Porter 10-yard run (Becker kick, 1:23)
Final: Texas 28, West Virginia 14. Texas’ defense enjoyed one of its best days of the season. Two big plays on the same drive saved touchdowns — a Gary Johnson hurry that forced an overthrow in the end zone and, two plays later, a DeShon Elliott pass breakup in the end zone on fourth down — after WVU got to Texas’ 25. Texas’ offense. WVU later closed to within a touchdown, but a big fumble recovery inside WVU’s 5-yard line helped Daniel Young put the game away.
West Virginia: Ka’Raun White 12-yard pass from Chris Chugonov (Staley kick, 9:01)
Texas: Daniel Young 1-yard run (Becker kick, 5:07)
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