How it all happened on Saturday:
Texas 14, West Virginia 10. The Mountaineers scored on a field goal to open the game — now the seventh time in nine games that UT has allowed points on an opponent’s first drive. A Sunday-worthy catch from Lil’Jordan Humphrey set up UT’s first score. Things spiraled out of control after David Sills V’s 10th touchdown catch of the season — he was flagged for flashing a double “Horns Down” to fans, then WVU’s starting left tackle was ejected for shoving a UT player on the extra point, then WVU quarterback Will Grier left the game after getting horse-collared by Malcolm Roach.
WVU: Evan Staley 45-yard field goal, 11:03
Texas: Sam Ehlinger 1-yard run (Cameron Dicker kick, 4:36)
WVU: David Sills V 60-yard pass from Will Grier (Staley kick, 3:08)
Texas: Humphrey 21-yard pass from Ehlinger (Dicker kick, 1:50)
Halftime: Texas 28, West Virginia 27. Grier’s injury essentially lasted only a commercial break between quarters; he came back to throw a touchdown to Sills. A 45-yard touchdown pass to Collin Johnson was called back for a pick penalty on Humphrey, but the Horns ended up scoring anyway on the drive thanks to a gutsy fourth-and-3 conversion from WVU’s 45. Tre Watson scored twice, one on a run and one on a catch, after not touching the ball in the opening quarter. Staley closed the half with a 44-yard field goal; he’d missed his first shot but was given a second chance because UT had called time out just before the snap.
WVU: Sills 18-yard pass from Grier (Staley kick, 14:49)
Texas: Tre Watson 5-yard run (Dicker kick, 10:04)
WVU: Martell Pettaway 55-yard run (Staley kick, 7:36)
Texas: Watson 32-yard pass from Ehliger (Dicker kick, 2:40)
WVU: Staley 44-yard field goal, :14
Texas 31, West Virginia 27. After that shootout first half, things settled down in the third quarter. Dicker’s first field goal since mid-October were the only points scored. Not that Texas and WVU didn’t have its chances; both came up short on fourth-and-1 tries in enemy territory. Texas’ came at the WVU 5, however on a controversial ruling on an apparent first-down run by Ehlinger. The quarterback’s helmet came off as he was going down, and it was ruled that the play was dead at that spot.
Texas: Dicker 22-yard field goal, 2:55
Final: West Virginia 42, Texas 41. The big fourth-down stop to close the third quarter led to a solid drive to start the fourth from Watson, who had five carries for 40 yards on it. But Texas curiously opted not to go for it on fourth-and-1 from WVU’s 21, instead settling for a field goal to go up 34-27 with 9:38 left. That decision loomed large at the end of the game. The Mountaineers tied it up with 5:40 left, but Ehlinger hit Devin Duvernay for a long touchdown with 2:34 left on a stop-and-go route. It was UT’s longest TD pass of the season. Grier marched the Mountaineers downfield and tied it up with 16 seconds left on a touchdown pass — then ran it in on a gutsy 2-point play for the win.
Texas: Dicker 38-yard field goal, 9:38
WVU: Pettaway 13-yard run (Staley kick, 5:40)
Texas: Devin Duvernay 48-yard pass from Ehlinger (Dicker kick, 2:34)
WVU: Gary Jennings 33-yard pass from Grier (Grier run, :16)
First downs: Texas 28, West Virginia 28
Rushes-yards: West Virginia 33-232, Texas 39-166
Passing: Texas 354, West Virginia 346
Comp-Att-Int: Texas 25-36-0, West Virginia 28-42-0
Return Yards: Texas 5-113, West Virginia 2-20
Punts-Avg.: Texas 1-48.0, West Virginia 2-43.0
Fumbles-Lost: West Virginia 2-0, Texas 3-1
Penalties-Yards: Texas 7-64, West Virginia 14-120
Time of Possession: Texas 34:00, West Virginia 26:00
PASSING: Texas — Ehlinger 25-36-354, 3/0. West Virginia — Grier 28-42-346, 3/0
RUSHING: Texas — Watson 14-80-1, Ehlinger 11-52-1, Ingram 13-30, Young 1-4; West Virginia — Pettaway 9-121-2, McKoy 17-94, Brown 4-18, Grier 2-2, Bush 1-(-3)
RECEIVING: Texas — Humphrey 9-143-1, Duvernay 6-100-1, Johnson 4-47, Beck 3-28, Watson 2-35-1, Heard 1-1; West Virginia — Sills 6-97-2, Simms 5-55, Haskins 4-33, McKoy 3-55, Wesco 3-27, Jennings 2-40-1, Bush 2-22, Simmons 2-8, Maiden 1-9