Skip to content

Texas ekes out OT win over West Virginia

Texas West Virginia Football AP

Things couldn’t have started out worse for Texas against West Virginia on Saturday night.

The Longhorns’ first two drives against the Mountaineers resulted in a blocked punt for a safety and a fumble. Before Mack Brown could get his headphones adjusted, Texas found itself down 9-0 in a hostile environment.

But things also couldn’t have ended any better for the Longhorns.

Steve Edmond intercepted Paul Millard’s fourth down pass to secure Texas’ come-from-behind 47-40 overtime victory over West Virginia.

The Longhorns (7-2) have now won six games in a row since starting out 1-2. At 6-0 in Big 12 play, they remain in sole possession of first place in the league. Hey, at this rate, Brown might be back for another go-around as Texas head coach next season.

That proposition seemed iffy for long stretches of this game. West Virginia (4-5) overcame a game-ending injury to starting quarterback Clint Trickett to forge a 26-16 lead over the Longhorns midway through the third quarter. That’s when things got exciting.

A 49-yard touchdown pass from Case McCoy to Mike Davis followed by an 8-yard touchdown run by Joe Bergeron put Texas back up, 30-26, heading into the fourth quarter. But West Virginia woke up and Dreamius Smith scored his own 8-yard touchdown to go back up, 33-30. Texas then drove 66 yards in 11 plays with McCoy hitting Jaxon Shipley from 10 yards out and the Longhorns were back in front, 37-33.

West Virginia wasted no time bouncing back as Millard found a streaking Mario Alford over the middle, who took it 72 yards for the go-ahead score. It was now 40-37 in favor of the Mountaineers with 7:26 to play.

The teams traded punts and then Texas took over on its own 36 yards line with 2:25 to play. McCoy drove the Longhorns to the Mountaineer seven yard line and Anthony Fera booted a 24-yard field goal to send the game to overtime.

The Longhorns got the ball first and scored on a 2-yard pass from McCoy to Alex De La Torre, setting up the heroics from Edmond on the next series.

It was a tough loss for the Mountaineers, who must now win both of their remaining games at Kansas and at home against Iowa State to become bowl eligible.

As for Texas, it could be headed for a season-ending showdown with Baylor for all the Big 12 marbles, which is something not many people would’ve predicted just a few short weeks ago.

Permalink 4 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Big 12 Conference, Rumor Mill, Texas Longhorns, Top Posts, West Virginia Mountaineers
4 Responses to “Texas ekes out OT win over West Virginia”
  1. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 10, 2013 6:01 AM

    Unbelievable run for a team with supposedly the backup qb. I’m sure they won’t switch back now. Baylor will be a test for them. I really think their switch on D coordinators raised the level of play for both sides of the ball just like when Muschamp was there.

  2. lrical says: Nov 10, 2013 8:29 AM

    I was thinking the same thing. I know McCoy was always battling for the starter job but if he has another year of eligibility and he grows confidence maybe he can help take the team far next year.

  3. goodfieldnohit says: Nov 10, 2013 10:54 AM

    Derp McCoy is a senior.

    Next year you get to see Tyrone Oops. I mean Swoopes.

    Baylor might hang half a hundred on Texas this year. In the first half.

  4. sportsguygerald says: Nov 10, 2013 9:17 PM

    Okie Light will give the Whorns all they want and then some, not to mention Baylor. Struggling to beat WVU doesn’t bode well for the Whorns, especially after losing Gray and Whaley. Tech could be a handful as well.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!