Defense lifts Longhorns to 17-13 win over West Virginia, No. 21 AP ranking

08 Nov By

At 4-2 in Big 12 play, the Longhorns enter the bye week on a three-game winning streak and completely in the running for the conference championship game. The break could not come at a better time as it allows Ehlinger and other players to get healthy.

UT's punting issues may be a thing of the past. Ryan Bujcevski had no issues and, frankly, was great today as he pinned the Mountaineers inside their own 20 three times and averaged more than 43 yards over six kicks.

Tarik Black dropped a long pass early in the fourth that would have set Texas up inside the WVU 20. He was looking into the sun, but that’s a reception that needs to be made as open as he was and as close as this game was.

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Texas may have caught a huge break when officials said Kai Money didn’t fumble early in the fourth quarter and it was instead an incomplete forward pass. The play on which the quarterback rolls out with the option to run or pass, with the pass being a lateral within 10 yards is risky, and it almost was costly to Texas there.

Defensive lineman T’Vondre Sweat had a huge play to bat down Jarret Doege’s third-down pass inside the Texas 10 to force the Mountaineers into a field goal. West Virginia looked stellar on the opening drive of the second half and keeping them to three points turned out to be monumental for the Longhorns.


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