In hopes of keeping their bowl chances alive, both West Virginia and Texas went old school in combining for 534 rushing yards. A close game early was taken over by the opportunistic Mountaineers as they capitalized on several mistakes made by Charlie Strong’s inconsistent Longhorns.
The Longhorn offense moved the ball at will, and out-gaining West Virginia in total yardage, passing yards, rushing yards, and first downs. Running back D’Onta Foreman headed the attack by gaining 147 rushing yards, while quarterback Jerrod Heard went 11-for-18 passing for 162 yards and a touchdown.
Texas, in search of their first true road win of the season, entered this game ranked 12th nationally in turnover margin, and had only given up seven turnovers on the season. That changed in a big way on Saturday. The Longhorns were their own worst enemy as penalties and five costly turnovers changed the outlook of the game. The Mountaineers scored a total of 24 points off of the gifts given to them by the Longhorns
Dana Holgorsen received an incredibly efficient performance from his offense. Quarterback Skyler Howard threw two touchdown passes, and ran for another as he made the most of his given opportunities. Running back Wendell Smallwood seemed unstoppable at times as he rushed for 165 yards, besting his mark of 163 yards just a week ago.
The Mountaineers appear to be on their way to wrapping up a bowl bid with a likely victory next week at Kansas. For the Longhorns, who would need two Herculean efforts against Texas Tech and Baylor, becoming bowl eligible seems unlikely as the continue to struggle with their uneven efforts and new methods of losing.
|3rd Down Eff||9-18||4-13|
|4th Down Eff||1-2||0-0|
|Yds Per Pass||8.5||10.2|
|Yds Per Rush||5.1||5.0|
KEY POINT IN THE GAME
In the second quarter, with a chance to take the lead, Tyrone Swoopes led a 12-play, 53-yard drive which took over six minutes off the game clock. The Horns marched down to the Mountaineer 25 yard line, which included a crucial fourth down conversion, only for Swoopes to fumble the opportunity away. The Mountaineers then quickly struck pay dirt on a 53-yard touchdown pass with a minute left in the first half. The score increased WVU’s lead to 21-10, and they would not relinquish it.
EMPTYING THE NOTEBOOK
— WVU Football (@WVUfootball) November 14, 2015
Crazy Dana Holgosen is the best! Don’t ever change Coach Holgo!
So proud of our team. Great victory over the University of Texas https://t.co/l07E30EoE7
— Dana Holgorsen (@Holgorsendana) November 14, 2015
To be fair, technically 4-8 would be different. You have to wonder just how much longer those in Austin can remain patient.
Almost a year ago, Charlie Strong said finishing 5-7 would be a disaster: “That will never happen within this program again.” Now he’s 4-6.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 14, 2015
Strong has said he’s happy in Austin and not interested in Miami.
Where do you think Tom Herman will be next season? I'm gonna say Charlie Strong gets out of Dodge for Miami, Herman to Texas.
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) November 15, 2015
Texas out-gained West Virginia in just about everything, but the scoreboard. That’s easy to do though when you have five turnovers.
— Geoff Coyle (@GFCoyle) November 14, 2015
This run by Foreman was a thing of beauty.
— Rivals.com (@Rivals) November 14, 2015