Texas running back D'Onta Foreman runs against West Virginia in the second half at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium Nov. 12, 2016 in Austin Texas. West Virginia won the game 24-20. (Photo by James Gregg/American-Statesman.)


Texas notebook: D’Onta Foreman ties Earl Campbell in loss to West Virginia

Posted November 12th, 2016


Only Kansas stands between D’Onta Foreman and Texas history.

Foreman rushed for 167 yards on Saturday, giving the junior running back his 11th straight 100-yard performance, tying Earl Campbell’s 39-year-old school record set by Campbell in his 1977 Heisman Trophy season.

Foreman was congratulated by Campbell as he exited the field at halftime.


“He told me that he hopes that I go break it next week,” Foreman said. “He also said that if somebody breaks my record or whatever, just come back and tell them congratulations. I told him I definitely would.”

Foreman crossed the 100-yard threshold on a 5-yard run in the second quarter. On that same 21-play possession, he also was given the ball twice on fourth-down attempts. He ran for three yards on a 4th-and-1, and he got three more yards on a 4th-and-2.

But Texas, with no timeouts, opted for a field goal on a 4th-and-1 from the West Virginia 2 with nine seconds remaining in the first half. Later in the game, Texas had a 37-yard field goal try blocked after deciding not to go for it on fourth-and-2.

“I definitely would have liked to go for it,” Foreman said. “But I’m a team player; whatever coach Strong and the coaching staff wants to do, then I’m fine with that. Even with those two possessions, I still feel like we our chance to win the game.”

Foreman will next face a Kansas team that entered the week with the Big 12’s second-worst run defense. (The Jayhawks allowed 238 rushing yards in a loss to Iowa State on Saturday.) A 100-yard effort in Lawrence would not only give Foreman the school record, but it would catapult him into fifth place on the school’s single-season rushing list. At 1,613 yards, he currently sits in sixth place — six yards away from Jamaal Charles.

The 12th man:  After Shane Buechele’s final-play Hail Mary fell incomplete, Texas temporarily thought a prayer had been answered.

Referees called for a video review. On the Godzillatron, a replay was shown that indicated West Virginia had 12 players on the field for the final play. Had that been true, Texas would have been given an un-timed down at the Mountaineers’ 22.

West Virginia, however, was not penalized. The stadium video monitor was replaying the Fox Sports 1 broadcast, which had incorrectly counted the amount of Mountaineers on the field. The FS1 team skipped from four to six while counting the West Virginia defenders.

Odds and ends: Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson left the game in the first half with a head injury, and did not return. … Junior Dorian Leonard and freshman Collin Johnson both recorded seven receptions, and Leonard logged a career-high 125 yards. Johnson scored for the second straight week, but he also was stopped a yard short on a fourth-down attempt in the final quarter. … An announced crowd of 96,367 was Texas’ fourth-biggest crowd of the season. The Longhorns are 4-1 at home this season. … Representatives from the Sugar Bowl and Russell Athletic Bowl were at the game.