It’s over at Puskar Milan Stadium in Morgantown, W.V., and Texas has knocked off West Virginia, 28-14.
With their sixth win, the Longhorns will play in a bowl game for the first time since 2014, Charlie Strong’s first season. That was the offensive no-show loss to Arkansas in the Texas Bowl.
Why Texas (6-5, 5-3) won
Why West Virginia (7-4, 5-3) lost
The last five Texas-WVU games:
2014: Texas, 33-16 (Austin)
2015: West Virginia, 38-20 (Morgantown)
2016: West Virginia, 24-20 (Austin)
2017: Texas, 28-14 (Morgantown)
How it all happened
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.
Texas: Kyle Porter 10-yard run (Becker kick, 1:23)
West Virginia: Ka’Raun White 12-yard pass from Chris Chugonov (Staley kick, 9:01)
1. Ehlinger came off the bench and looked super, directing Texas on an 11-play, 91-yard touchdown drive in the first quarter and then a 10-play, 87-yard touchdown drive on his next series. He evaded a sack and turned a third-and-9 into a 17-yard scramble. He found Reggie Hemphill-Mapps for a 50-yard pass. He took a receiver throw from Jerrod Heard for a 23-yard gain. He even impressed as a lead blocker on a Hemphill-Mapps reverse play.
But he also threw an ill-advised floater toward the end zone that Kenny Robinson picked off and returned 94 yards for a pick-six. And he fumbled in the backfield, though he recovered it. And he wasn’t as electric in the second half, as five of the Longhorns’ first six drives included four punts and the pick-six.
2. Who had good days?
Connor Williams was back. And he definitely impacted the offense. Some of Texas’ best plays came on the left side of the field. He had a big pancake block on Texas’ first play of the game.
DeShon Elliott saved two touchdowns, one on goal-line tackle of Justin Crawford on the front end of that goal-line stand, the other on a fourth-down pass breakup in the end zone in the second half.
Jason Hall blocked a third-down pass that forced a punt in the second quarter. And he had the hit of the day on a pass breakup in the third quarter. That also forced a punt.
3. Who didn’t?
John Burt dropped a pass that would’ve gone for a first down on third-and-15. It hit him right in the numbers and he wasn’t even on the move.
Davante Davis was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on a tackle of Ka’Raun White. He wrapped White up and then threw him to the ground. Tom Herman didn’t like the call.
Patrick Vahe — the only offensive lineman that has started every game — left with an injury in the first quarter. He was replaced at left guard by Patrick Vahe. Terrell Cuney shifted over to left guard from center, and Zach Shackelford replaced Cuney at center.
On the first game Texas got Williams back, the Longhorns had to reconfigure the line again.
And Breckyn Hager was ejected from the game in the fourth quarter on a roughing the passer penalty that also included a targeting call. The play was reviewed; Hager complained that the left tackle had pulled him into the quarterback because of a facemask penalty that wasn’t called. Replays certainly showed the facemask but officials ruled he still had targeted Chugonov on the hit.
The ejection means Hager also will miss the first half of Friday’s Texas Tech game. He left to a chorus of boos from the Morgantown crowd. He and WVU fans have a history.
The Longhorns had 13 drives, splitting their first four series between Shane Buechele, who started, and Ehlinger, who took control. Here’s how those Texas drives played out.
Buechele: 5 plays, 19 yards, 2:45 (punt)
Buechele: 4 plays, minus-5 yards, 1:27 (punt)
Ehlinger: 3 plays, 5 yards, 1:26 (punt)
Ehlinger: 11 plays, 91 yards, 5:25 (touchdown)
Ehgliner: 10 plays, 87 yards, 5:08 (touchdown)
Ehlinger: 4 plays, 8 yards, 1:25 (end of half)
Ehlinger: 3 plays, 5 yards, 1:45 (punt)
Ehlinger: 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:04 (interception/TD return)
Ehlinger: 4 plays, 18 yards, 2:00 (punt)
Ehlinger: 3 plays, 7 yards, 1:38 (punt)
Ehlinger: 3 plays, 4 yards, 1:33 (punt)
Ehlinger: 2 plays, 6 yards, :47 (touchdown)
Ehlinger: 5 plays, 24 yards, 2:31 (end of game)
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