How it all happened Saturday in Morgantown:
Texas 7, West Virginia 7. The Mountaineers scored on their opening drive, thanks to two costly UT penalties and a long touchdown pass. They weren’t as successful on their next three possessions, however; one of those lasted just one play — UT linebacker Ayodele Adeoye picked off a pass to set up the Horns’ first score. Cameron Dicker missed from 42 yards out, capping a scoreless drive that lasted 16 plays and featured three third-down catches by Devin Duvernay. The Horns were flagged five times for 40 yards in the quarter, and both Keaontay Ingram and B.J. Foster left with injuries.
WVU: Sam James 44-yard pass from Austin Kendall (Evan Staley kick, 13:31)
Texas: Malcolm Epps 22-yard pass from Sam Ehlinger (Cameron Dicker kick, 5:52)
Halftime: Texas 21, West Virginia 14. Kendall, the transfer quarterback from Oklahoma, scored on his first rushing touchdown of the season to give the Mountaineers a 14-7 lead. But Texas answered with John Burt’s first touchdown since 2017 and Ehlinger’s 20th rushing touchdown of his career. The Mountaineers missed two field goals from 36 and 47 yards.
WVU: Kendall 1-yard run (Staley kick, 12:59)
Texas: John Burt 13-yard pass from Ehlinger (Dicker kick, 7:56)
Texas: Ehlinger 13-yard run (Dicker kick, 3:28)
Texas 21, West Virginia 17. The quarter featured five punts and a 29-yard kick by Staley, who had missed his first two attempts of the day. Staley’s kick was set up by Ehlinger’s second interception of the season, this one into triple coverage; Keith Washington II returned the ball deep into Texas territory.
WVU: Staley 29-yard field goal (1:59)
Final: Texas 42, West Virginia 31. B.J. Foster, who had a fairly nightmarish first half that included a blown coverage, two personal fouls and a neck stinger, made perhaps the play of the game, a tipped pass interception inside WVU’s red zone while he was on his knees. That really turned things around for Texas, which meandered through the third quarter. And D’Shawn Jamison picked off his second pass on the ensuing drive. Suddenly, the 21-17 lead became a 35-17 game on, of all things, a 12-yard touchdown from 6-7, 300-pound left tackle Samuel Cosmi. Game-plan for that, Oklahoma.
Texas: Devin Duvernay 13-yard run (Dicker kick, 12:42)
Texas: Samuel Cosmi 12-yard run (Dicker kick, 10:31)
WVU: T.J. Simmons 19-yard pass from Kendall (Staley kick, 3:57)
Texas: Ehlinger 23-yard run (Dicker kick, 3:03)
WVU: Bryce Wheaton 12-yard pass from Kendall (Staley kick, :48)
First downs: Texas 26, West Virginia 24
Rushes-yards-TD: Texas 49-216-4, West Virginia 23-96-1
Comp.-Att.-Int.: Texas 18-33-211-1, West Virginia 31-46-367-4
Return yards: West Virginia 59, Texas 36
Punts-Avg.: West Virginia 5-43.6, Texas 7-41.3
Fumbles-Lost: No fumbles
Penalties-Yards: West Virginia 3-30, Texas 10-89
Time of possession: Texas 36:04, West Virginia 23:56
PASSING: Texas — Ehlinger 18-33-211, 2/1. West Virginia — Kendall 31-46-367, 3/4
RUSHING: Texas — R. Johnson 21-121, Ehlinger 9-45-2, Ingram 11-18, K. Johnson 4-15, Duvernay 1-13-1, Cosmi 1-12; West Virginia — McKoy 6-30, Brown 6-25, Kendall 5-23-1, Pettaway 6-18
RECEIVING: Texas — Duvernay 6-86, Epps 3-34-1, Smith 3-23, Brewer 1-25, Washington 1-14, Burt 1-13, R. Johnson 1-10, Eagles 1-3, Ingram 1-3; West Virginia — Simmons 7-135-1, James 6-66-1, Ryan 5-70, Brown 3-26, Haskins 3-13, McKoy 3-9, Wheaton 2-43-1, Sinkfield 2-5