Texas 10, West Virginia 7 — Davante Davis recorded his first pick of his career on West Virginia’s second pass of the game. By scoring first but still losing, Texas spoiled a 10-1 trend of winning when scoring first in the Charlie Strong era. Make that 10-2 now.
Texas: Nick Rose 31-yard FG, 7:31
The drive: 8 plays, 46 yards, 3:16
Key play: Jerrod Heard hit Caleb Bluiett for 30 yards on the first play of the drive.
West Virginia: Jared Barber 42-yard fumble return TD (Josh Lambert kick), 3:39
Key play: Barber recovered a bad handoff exchange from Jerrod Heard to D’Onta Foreman.
Texas: Foreman 65-yard TD run (Rose PAT), 3:24
The drive: 1 play, 65 yards, :09
Key play: What a way for Foreman to make up for his previous fumble.
Halftime. West Virginia 21, Texas 10 — It was a nightmarish end of the second quarter for Texas, which saw a scoring opportunity (at WVU’s 25) turn into a 48-second drive and Mountaineers touchdown right before halftime. It turned a potential 17-14 Longhorns lead, or even a 14-13 Mountaineers edge, at halftime into a 21-10 lead for WVU.
West Virginia: Elijah Wellman 1-yard TD run (Lambert PAT), 8:17
The drive: 8 plays, 56 yards, 2:51
Key play: Remember Kevin White? His little brother, Ka’Raun, caught an 18-yard pass to UT’s 28-yard line.
West Virginia: Jovon Durante 53-yard TD pass from Skyler Howard (Lambert PAT), 1:00
The drive: 4 plays, 87 yards, :48
Key play: Wendell Smallwood’s 19-yard run to open the drive came one play after Swoopes’ fumble.
West Virginia 28, Texas 17 — Things got away quickly for the Longhorns, who cut the lead to 21-17 but then allowed a quick Mountaineers drive for a touchdown. Then, on the ensuing kickoff, Kris Boyd fumbled the return, setting West Virginia up at Texas’ 22-yard line to end the quarter.
Texas: Daje Johnson 5-yard TD pass from Heard (Rose PAT), 8:33
The drive: 15 plays, 80 yards, 6:21
Key play: There was a big 22-yard by Chris Warren, in the game because Johnathan Gray was injured on the drive.
West Virginia: Daikiel Shorts 8-yard TD pass from Howard (Lambert PAT), 1:48
The drive: 7 plays, 56 yards, 2:22
Key play: Smallwood’s 27-yard run set WVU up at Texas’ 15.
Final. West Virginia, 38-20 — Heard’s interception in the fourth quarter was the perfect cap to Texas’ five-turnover day. It turned what was the Longhorns’ final hope for a comeback into a West Virginia touchdown drive that put the game away.
West Virginia: Lambert 19-yard FG, 14:57
The drive: 5 plays, 20 yards, 1:44
Key play: It was Boyd’s fumbled kickoff return at the 22 that set everything up.
Texas: Rose 34-yard FG, 9:24
The drive: 5 plays, 21 yards, 1:14
Key play: UT, really needing a touchdown, had to settle for the field goal after Heard was sacked on third-and-goal.
West Virginia: Howard 2-yard TD run (Lambert PAT), 3:30
The drive: 8 plays, 48 yards, 3:42
Key play: There were runs of 12, 16 and 13 yards, but Nick Kwiatkoski’s interception of a Heard pass at UT’s 43 made it all possible.
First downs: Texas 19, West Virginia 18. Rushes-yards: Texas 54-277, West Virginia 51-257. Passing: Texas 162, West Virginia 122. Comp-Att-Int: Texas 11-19-2, West Virginia 10-12-1. Return Yards: Texas 0, West Virginia 0. Punts-Avg.: Texas 4-43.8, West Virginia 6-40.0. Fumbles-Lost: Texas 4-3, West Virginia 0-0. Penalties-Yards: Texas 7-55, West Virginia 5-48. Time of Possession: Texas 32:32, West Virginia 27:28.
PASSING: Texas, Heard 11-18-2-162, Swoopes 0-1-0-0. West Virginia, S.Howard 10-12-1-122.
RUSHING: Texas, D.Foreman 18-147, J.Gray 14-56, Swoopes 5-35, Warren III 4-26, Heard 12-17, Team 1-(minus 4). West Virginia, Smallwood 24-165, Shell 12-53, S.Howard 12-34, Wellman 2-6, Team 1-(minus 1).
RECEIVING: Texas, D.Johnson 4-76, Warren III 2-(minus 3), Burt 1-37, Bluiett 1-30, D.Foreman 1-12, De La Torre 1-5, M.Johnson 1-5. West Virginia, Shorts Jr. 4-33, White 3-25, Durante 1-53, Smallwood 1-8, Shell 1-3.