Texas lost a heart breaker on Saturday, falling 42-41 to West Virginia after Mountaineers quarterback Will Grier scored a two-point conversion in the dying seconds.
A second-straight loss means that the Longhorns no longer control their own fate to get to the Big 12 championship game. Afterward, Texas coach Tom Herman faced questions from the assembled media — including American-Statesman reporters Brian Davis, Danny Davis, Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden.
Here is some of what Herman had to say:
“It was a hell of a college football game, huh? Obviously it didn’t go the way we planned. I thought we had some really good game plans. That’s a really good football team.”
On Texas’ defensive struggles, giving up 578 yards:
“We’ve got to stop the run or else you’re going to bleed a slow death. We had a difficult time with that.”
On timing of Texas’ go-ahead touchdown, with 2:34 remaining in fourth quarter:
“We don’t get to pick when we score touchdowns. You take your shots when you have them and you see them available, and you trust that you can play two-minute defense.”
On play of Texas secondary, which allowed 346 yards:
“I’m not going to grade a unit without watching the film. I know this, they battled their butts off. Whatever issues we had, they weren’t for a lack of effort.”
On role the Texas crowd of 100,704 played in the game:
“I cannot thank our students enough. I don’t know how many false starts they had, but it felt like a bunch. With each one, it got louder and louder.”
On his decision to kick a field goal on fourth-and-1 with 9:38 left in the fourth quarter:
“I always give it thought. I kicked myself, I didn’t know the quarterback’s helmet was going to come off before he picked up the line to gain (on the previous fourth down). The score would have been a little bit different on that one, too. … With the wind in the fourth quarter, we felt pretty confident (kicking the field goal).”
On final two-point conversion:
“We thought we could get to the slant and also cover the QB run. (West Virginia QB Will Grier) did a great job to get to the corner. That’s why he’s going to be a first-rounder.”
On fourth-down conversion that was overturned after QB Sam Ehlinger lost his helmet:
“My understanding is that there’s got to be indisputable video evidence to overturn a call. To be honest with you, the (referees) told me that the call had nothing to do with his helmet coming off. I also thought that taunting meant you had to negate the score. I’ve got to brush up on my rules and get some questions answered.”
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