West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard (3)during the first half/ second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)


Texas vs. West Virginia: The Eyes of Texas will be upon whom?

Posted November 13th, 2015


On Saturday against West Virginia, the eyes of Texas will be upon …


As far as Big 12 quarterbacks go, Howard is somewhere in the middle. His 16 touchdown passes rank sixth, as does his 234 yards per game average. The junior from Fort Worth is a formidable runner, totaling three touchdowns and 256 yards (429 before sacks). Howard is coming off of a season-low 23 pass attempts, giving way to a ground attack that ran 57 times in a win over Texas Tech.



If Texas comes up with a stop, it’ll still have to deal with Lambert, one of the nation’s most accurate kickers. Yet Lambert has missed five kicks, although three of them were from 54, 51 and 44 yards. A Lou Groza Award finalist last season, he set the NCAA record with 16 makes of 40 yards or more. This year, he is 11 of 16 and was good from 51 yards against TCU.

WACO, TX - OCTOBER 17: Wendell Smallwood #4 of the West Virginia Mountaineers carries the ball against Chance Waz #18 of the Baylor Bears, Orion Stewart #28 of the Baylor Bears, and Shawn Oakman #2 of the Baylor Bears in the first half at McLane Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Wendell Smallwood needs only 31 yards to reach 1,000 for the season. He ran for a career-high 163 yards in last week’s win versus Texas Tech. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)


He needs 31 yards to reach 1,000 for the season, something only Baylor’s Shock Linwood and Texas Tech’s DeAndre Washington have done among Big 12 players. Smallwood is coming off of a career-high 163 yards in a win over Texas Tech, and has recorded 100 yards in five of the past six games. Along with Rushel Shell, Smallwood gives WVU arguably the best RB combo in the conference. Last year, Smallwood ran for 45 yards and a short TD against Texas.