West Virginia and No. 11 Texas are getting set to square off at Milan Puskar Stadium in a Big 12 showdown. The Longhorns are looking to avenge their loss to West Virginia from last year, while the Mountaineers are looking to get their first ranked victory of the season.
West Virginia’s Neal Brown and Texas’s Tom Herman are having their first-ever meeting since Brown joined the Mountaineers in January.
FINAL: Ehlinger kneels it to run the clock out. Texas wins, 42-31
TOUCHDOWN, WEST VIRGINIA (42-31, 0:48): Bryce Wheaton makes an athletic grab in the corner of the end zone to put a touchdown on the board before time runs out.
TOUCHDOWN, TEXAS (42-24, 3:03): Ehlinger scores the likely game-sealing touchdown with a 23-yard rush.
3:56: WVU attempts the onside kick, but it is easily recovered by Texas at the West Virginia 47.
TOUCHDOWN, WEST VIRGINIA (35-24, 3:57): T.J. Simmons scores his first touchdown of the season off a 19-yard grab from Kendall. He is having the best game of his season so far, with 122 yards and a touchdown.
TOUCHDOWN, TEXAS (35-17, 10:31): Kendall is picked off for a fourth time, again in WVU territory. Texas runs a throw back to offensive lineman Samuel Cosmi, who bulls it in for the touchdown.
TOUCHDOWN, TEXAS (28-17, 12:42): Ehlinger hands it off to Devin Duvernay for his first rush of the game, and he takes it 13 yards into the end zone.
13:32: Kendall throws his third pick of the game on 3rd down and 1, putting Texas deep in West Virginia territory.
FIELD GOAL, WEST VIRGINIA (21-17, 1:59): West Virginia is held without a first down and are forced to kick a field goal. Staley makes from 29 yards.
3:11: On the first play of the Texas drive, Ehlinger throws deep into triple coverage and it’s picked off by Keith Washington, his third of the season. Washington returns it deep into Texas territory, and an unsportsmanlike penalty on the Longhorns puts WVU in the red zone.
8:01: The Mountaineers go three-and-out themselves. Growden punts to the Texas 26, where the Longhorns will take over.
10:02: WVU forces the Texas three-and-out (their second of the game), and will start on their own 21.
11:03: And just like that, Kendall is picked off on first down. He tosses up a 50-50 ball for Sam James, but Texas’s D’Shawn Jamison comes down with the ball.
11:12: Darius Stills comes up big with a 3rd down sack on Ehlinger, forcing the Longhorns to punt. WVU starts on the Texas 49.
West Virginia stats:
- Austin Kendall: 15-for-18, 163 yds, TD, INT; rush TD
- WVU: 4 rushers, 70 yds on 13 carries
- T.J. Simmons: 3 rec, 70 yards
- Sam Ehlinger: 13-for-21, 176 yds, 2 TD; rush TD
- UT: 4 rushers, 95 yds on 20 carries
- Devin Duvernay: 5 rec, 81 yds
END 2Q: Kendall gets the West Virginia offense down the field, but can only muster a 47-yard attempt for Staley…which is missed. Texas takes their 21-14 lead into the locker room, and will receive to start the second half.
TOUCHDOWN, TEXAS (21-14, 3:28): Ehlinger caps off a 6-play, 80-yard drive with an 11-yard rush, powering over Mountaineer defenders to cross the goal line.
6:08: West Virginia moves the ball down the field to set up an Evan Staley field goal, but he misses from 36 yards.
TOUCHDOWN, TEXAS (14-14, 7:56): Texas grinds out another 11-play drive to make it into the red zone. Ehlinger closes it out with a 13-yard touchdown pass to John Burt.
TOUCHDOWN, WEST VIRGINIA (14-7, 12:59): Austin Kendall caps off a big play drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to put the Mountaineers back in the lead.
END 1Q: Texas will start off the second quarter with a 2nd and 16 situation from their own 12.
0:48: The Mountaineers are forced to punt after a 4-play, 21-yard drive. Texas takes over from their own 18.
2:56: Ehlinger is unable to get the Longhorns out of their own territory, so they are forced to punt. VanDarius Cowan gets his first sack of the season after his four-game suspension.
4:07: West Virginia goes three-and-out, despite a forward-moving drive. A targeting call was originally called on Texas, but further review overturned the original call. Josh Growden comes on to punt for the first time this game, and knocks it inside the Texas 1 yard line. The Longhorns start off with the whole field ahead of them.
TOUCHDOWN, TEXAS (7-7, 5:52): The Longhorns strike back, and fast. Ehlinger drops back and finds Malcolm Epps in the corner of the end zone for 22 yards on the second play of their drive.
6:26: Kendall is picked off over the middle on first down by linebacker Ayodele Adeoye, who returns it to the WVU 27 yard line. Texas takes over.
6:36: Sam Ehlinger leads the Longhorns on a drive that takes them 56 yards in 6:55, but the Mountaineers hold them at the 24. Texas attempts a field goal, but it goes wide left. West Virginia ball on the 24.
It should also be noted that Texas was stellar on third down, especially from long distance. The Longhorns converted 4 of their 5 third downs, all of which were between 7 and 13 yards.
TOUCHDOWN, WEST VIRGINIA (7-0, 13:31): Austin Kendall BOMBS it down the sideline to Sam James, who makes the diving grab. The Mountaineers find paydirt in just four plays.
13:40: Texas gets a pair of penalties in their first couple of plays: a personal foul, and a pass interference call. That sets WVU up on the 44.
15:00: West Virginia receives the kick to start, and Sam James takes it to the 24. 1st and 10 for the Mountaineers.
Some quick links to get you prepped for today’s contest:
- Matchup Preview
- Safety JoVanni Stewart will sit out today’s game
- Texas scouting report with KXAN’s Chris Tavarez
- Know your opponent: Texas’s high-powered offense led by Sam Ehlinger
- TV information