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  1. Texas Longhorns (6-5, 5-3) vs. Texas Tech (5-6, 2-6) When: Saturday, November 24, 2017 Time: 7:00 pm CST Venue: Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium Location: Austin, TX Television: FOX Radio: local affiliates Satellite Radio: Sirius 132, XM 199 Audio Stream: Web, ios app, android Live Statistics: ios app, android All-Time Series Record: Texas leads Texas Tech 50-16 Last Meeting: Texas defeated Texas Tech 45-37 (November 5, 2016 – Lubbock, TX) Relevant articles/information: Offensive Grades: West Virginia Defensive/Special Teams Grades – West Virginia West Virginia Film Review: Lucky Break Get to Know Texas Tech’s Offense Get to Know Texas Tech’s Defense/Special Teams Depth Chart – Texas vs. Texas Tech
  2. Mike, he does. http://www.hornsports.com/forums/profile/7661-jameson-mccausland/
  3. Article by Jameson McCausland Texas will welcome Texas Tech to Austin on Friday as the Longhorns search for their 7th win of the season. The Red Raiders are coming off of a loss to TCU and are still in search of their 6th win of the season and a bowl berth. Let’s take a look at what to expect from the Texas Tech defense and special teams. Defensive Line Texas Tech will operate out of several defensive fronts, but will play 4 primary defensive lineman. Senior defensive end Zach Barnes has 1.5 sacks and 3 quarterback hurries on the season. Nose Tackle Mychealon Thomas will serve as a run stuffer in the middle, and has added 2 fumble recoveries and a sack. Defensive Tackle Broderick Washington has also added 2 sacks. Rush End Lorenzo Gilmer has 2 tackles for loss on the season. The Red Raiders defensive line has not been disruptive this season, but they have been more productive than past defensive lines that have struggled. Tech ranks in the upper half of FBS teams in rush defense, only allowing 157 rushing yards per game. Eli Howard will also see some time at defensive end. Howard leads the defense in tackles for loss (8.5) and sacks (5.5) Linebacker The key for the Texas offense will be slowing down WILL linebacker Dakota Allen. Allen returned to Texas Tech after a season at East Mississippi Community College. In 2017, Allen ranks second of the team in tackles (80), and has added 4.5 tackles for loss and 2 interceptions. Fellow linebacker Jordyn Brooks had an excellent 2016 season and has responded with a good 2017 season. Brooks ranks third on the team in tackles with 76, along with 4 quarterback hurries and an interception. Defensive Back Desmon Smith and Octavious Morgan will man the two corner positions. The duo has played well at times this year, but overall the secondary has struggled mightily against the pass, rankings towards the bottom in the country in passing yards allowed per game. Smith is a junior college transfer who is in his first season, while Morgan is in his first full season as a starter after seeing playing time in a reserve role a season ago. Douglas Coleman will serve as the nickelback. Jah’Shawn Johnson is one of the most physical safeties in the Big 12. The junior leads the team with 82 tackles and is considered one of the leaders of the defense. Fellow safety Vaughnte Dorsey is another junior college transfer who is in his first season as a starter. Special Teams Kliff Kinsgbury joked during his weekly news conference that he has considered going for it on every 4th down considering the Red Raiders kicking woes. Texas Tech has had 4(!) kickers attempt field goals this season, and they have combined for 8 makes on 20 attempts. Last week, Clayton Hatfield missed a 20 yard field goal against TCU. Punter Dominic Panazzolo is averaging 41.5 yards per punt and has pinned opponents inside the 20 yard line 13 times. Cameron Batson will serve as the return man on kickoffs and punts. Batson is averaging 22 yards per kickoff return and 4.5 yards per punt return.
  4. This is all Jameson McCausland, 605! The Sports Management program at UT puts out some good, knowledgeable individuals and Jameson is definitely one of them!
  5. Article by Jameson McCausland Texas will welcome Texas Tech to Austin on Friday as the Longhorns search for their 7th win of the season. The Red Raiders are coming off of a loss to TCU and are still in search of their 6th win of the season, which would make them bowl eligible. Let’s take a look at what to expect from the Texas Tech offense. Quarterback Former Iowa Hawkeye Nic Shimonek took over the Red Raider offense after years of Patrick Mahomes at the helm. Shimonek has had a good season numbers wise, completing 68.5% of his passes for 3451 yards and 28 touchdowns. While he does not have the improvisation ability of Mahomes and the ability to move around the pocket, Shimonek has an excellent arm and can make pretty much any throw on the field. He has years of experience in the Air Raid offense after serving as the backup QB for the previous 2 seasons. This game will present a unique challenge for the Longhorns defense. Texas Tech leans on the pass more than any Air Raid team the Longhorns have faced this year. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury is one of the brightest offense minds in the country, and has helped the Red Raiders put up huge numbers the last 2 times they have played Texas. Running Back The Red Raiders have 3 running backs who handle the rushing duties. Senior Justin Stockton leads the team in yards with 649, but is followed closely behind by junior Tre King, who has 575 yards on the ground. Stockton and King both have 4 touchdowns a piece. Tech will also feature a 3rd running back, junior Desmond Nisby. Nisby is the primary short yardage back, collecting 7 touchdowns on the year and using his 235 pound frame well near the goal line. Wide Receiver A week after facing 3 potential 1,000 yard wide receivers against West Virginia, the Longhorn secondary will have another tough test. Texas Tech boast several receivers who could give the Longhorns problems. The unit is lead by slot receiver Keke Coutee, who was an honorable mention All-Big selection in 2016. Coutee has already surpassed the 1,000 yard mark in 2017 and has added 9 touchdowns. Senior Dylan Cantrell will serve as one of the outside receivers. Cantrell is having a good season, hauling in 65 passes for 778 yards and 6 touchdowns. The unit will be rounded by seniors Cameron Batson and Derrick Willies. Batson has 448 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Willies has 304 yards and 3 touchdowns. Offensive Line The offensive line for the Red Raiders will be led by right tackle Terrence Steele, who was named to the second team All-Big 12 Freshman Team in 2016. Steele is accompanied on the right side by freshman guard Jack Anderson. Anderson was ranked as the 44th best high school player in the country in the 2017 signing class, and has started every game his freshman season. Sophomore Travis Bruffy mans the left tackle position after spending 2016 in a backup role. Junior college transfer Jacob Hines starts at left guard. The unit is rounded out by junior Paul Stawarz, who has 19 career starts at center.
  6. Longhorns Going Bowling, but Where?

    The College Football Playoff selection committee will choose two at-large teams for this bowl game.
  7. By Ryan Bridges What is the expected point value of any one player? Vegas tell us the best quarterbacks are worth seven points, and the best non-QB in college is worth no more than three points. An oddsmaker for one Vegas sportsbook said in 2013 that Jadeveon Clowney was worth only two points to South Carolina. This was a game where those numbers were worth thinking about. Texas was without should-have-been Thorpe Award semi-finalist Holton Hill, but they added should-have-been All-American Connor Williams and apparently healthy Sam Ehlinger. West Virginia lost quarterback Will Grier at the end of their third series on a play that literally cost them seven points. My gut says this is another game that would have gone to overtime without Grier’s injury, but even that is way better than I expected. It Starts Up Front Texas’ first three offensive series: five plays, 19 yards, punt; four plays, -5 yards, punt; three plays, five yards, punt. The next two series (Ehlinger’s second and third): 11 plays, 91 yards, touchdown; 10 plays, 87 yards, touchdown. This is the play that got it started. WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson coaches in the extremes. His defenses aren’t afraid of all-out blitzes, but he’ll just as soon drop eight into coverage. He even dropped 10 into coverage at one point. On this play, they’re bringing the house. Texas has a great play called for the situation. The two short routes keep the defenders in the shallows, putting Reggie Hemphill-Mapps one-on-one on the corner route against an inside-leveraged defender. Ehlinger rolls away from the brunt of the blitz and throws this ball with an upperclassman’s anticipation and touch. What jumps out even more, though, is the blocking. It’s one-on-one matchups across the board, but no one got beat. There are plenty of stories out right now about how Connor Williams’ return made everyone better, but this play shows five other men (counting Kyle Porter) holding their own. I don’t want to make too much of it — when I scouted West Virginia, I couldn’t find an impact defensive lineman — but it was cool to see. Once Texas got inside the 25, it was 11’s time. Ehlinger carried the ball four times in five plays on QB power, setting up 3rd & Goal at the four-yard line. With the defense now completely zeroed in on everything Ehlinger did in the backfield, Tim Beck called play-action. As we discussed last week, his run threat makes play-action in the red zone very effective. Texas doesn’t even have to fake the same run play that got them there — this is inside zone read. Collin Johnson executes his crack block to perfection, and playside linebacker #11 (there was a lot of hype around him, but he had a rough game from what I’ve seen) had his feet in cement. The ball is almost touching Kendall Moore’s fingertips before #11 starts actually running to the flat. This is the cornerback’s play to make first and foremost, but the pursuit from the inside should be barreling down on them a lot quicker than it is here. Ehlinger in Space Gibson went the other route on 3rd & 9 on the ensuing Texas possession. I understand the intent, and I applaud him for scheming it so that his lone rusher was matched up on the running back and not a lineman. But it’s stupid to allow a dual-threat quarterback basically 10 lead blockers — five of whom are on scholarship for their blocking ability — while dropping into zones and thus surrendering half the yardage needed for the first down without a fight. Still, the pressure gets Ehlinger to roll away from his linemen. Hemphill-Mapps, Porter and Devin Duvernay did tremendous jobs transitioning from receivers to blockers, and West Virginia got what it deserved for this play-call. The throwback pass came next, and although I’m not going to break it down, it was nice to see Texas use its former quarterback as a passer. If this was part of his wildcat package, the package would probably still work. Texas capped the drive off with another play-action pass, this time to Chris Warren. This is nearly identical to Ehlinger’s touchdown pass to Cade Brewer last week, except Warren is lined up on the backside (and runs the backside seam) instead of on the frontside. West Virginia is all over power read, and someone — either the boundary safety or the Will linebacker — blew his assignment. (My guess is the boundary safety was on a designed blitz, and the Will, #11 again, should have stuck with Warren.) And the Freshman Taketh Away Threatening to take a 21-0 lead, Texas reverted to DumbShit™, official sponsor of Texas Football since 2010. This was a similar sprint out concept to the one that ended the Oklahoma State game. (The receivers even picked each other again.) But the trouble is up front. Terrell Cuney decides to check the field conditions after the snap instead of looking at what he wants to hit. He’s got no immediate threat to his gap, but he still lets the Sam linebacker squeeze through the A gap. Zach Shackelford has no chance to make this block without Cuney’s help. And Ehlinger needs to take the sack and live to fight another down, obviously. (h/t to Daniel for the analysis of the OL breakdown.) Roughshod This was only the second game this year in which Texas went over 175 yards rushing and 5.0 yards per carry. (San Jose State was the other game.) This was a two-play, 46-yard scoring drive. It starts with basic inside zone. The playside defensive end shoots way upfield, and then the Will linebacker (#11 again) didn’t fill the B gap. Daniel Young ran through #11’s feeble tackle attempt, and then didn’t even have to elude the playside safety because he derp’d himself out of the play. Not that he had to do much here, but Young looks like a good one. (Quick aside, the following guys were additions by Tom Herman’s staff before signing day: Young, Kerstetter, Brewer, Toneil Carter and Gary Johnson. That’s pretty good.) The second run is all about the blocking — this is freaking textbook counter. Before the snap, you can see the vulnerability in WVU’s alignment. It’s an easy block for Williams to mash the 4i defensive end inside, and the next layer of defense is starting the play four yards off the line of scrimmage. The linebacker spills Jake McMillon’s trap block, but McMillon does a nice job of “logging” him (basically letting him have the inside rather than trying to kick him out). Brewer had struggled adjusting when this happened, but Moore deftly bypasses past it. He was getting ready to block the safety when Jerrod Heard laid that GORGEOUS FREAKING crack block on him — AND GOT IN THE WAY OF THE NEXT LINEBACKER OMG — so Moore moved on and found the cornerback. This kind of execution makes me want to type the rest of this article in all-caps. Even Hillbilly Fingers Shouldn’t Do That Dana Holgorsen was right to be mad about this play-call after the game, though I would point out that forcing the football to David Sills is the reason he’s leading the nation in touchdown receptions. WVU moved their left tackle to the right side and put Sills in his place as an eligible receiver. There are five offensive lineman and an H-back on the right side of the line, and they pretty much dominated Texas up front. Malik Jefferson got launched back into Gary Johnson, and another lineman who lined up in the backfield plowed through DeShon Elliott. A handoff would have gone for an easy touchdown. Instead, it’s a bootleg, intended to go to Sills. Kris Boyd sniffed it out and stuck with Sills (at least until Sills’ blatant push-off). And then we have Brandon Jones. This is why he’s so frustrating and so hard to give up on. He’s shot out of a cannon on this play and saves the day for Texas. No Ball Skills And this is why Jones is frustrating. He could have had two interceptions on Saturday if he’d just tried — tried — to find the football. You may notice that this is the same concept beating Jones up the sideline all three times. On the first play, Texas is in their Tampa 2 look, so Jones has basically nothing to do except get to the numbers and take away throws like this one. I really don’t know what he was doing when he was off-screen. Texas is running very similar coverages on the next two plays; the cornerback will jump the bubble route by the slot receiver and Jones will get over the top of the outside receiver. Jones is in great position both times, but he makes no effort to find the football. He looks like a guy who’s never played in the secondary before. It’s hard not to think his job might be in jeopardy next year, but then I’m reminded of the jump several of the third-year defensive players made this season. Let’s take some blood pressure medication and see what he looks like in year three. Close Call After one of those long completions allowed by Jones to end the third quarter, West Virginia started the fourth quarter with a 1st down at the Texas 25. The coverage decision on the first play is incredible to me, and I wonder if Todd Orlando would have been this brave if Grier was in the game. I doubt it. He’s got Boyd on an island that’s about one-sixth the size of the entire field, matched up with the NCAA’s leader in touchdown receptions. That enables the rest of the defense to rush four and still play six guys on the other four receivers. Somehow they still blow the coverage. Davante Davis made the mistake — one he made repeatedly — of chasing the inside-breaking route instead of passing that off to the safety and picking up the wheel route. Without Gary Johnson’s pressure in the quarterback’s face, this is probably a touchdown. The 2nd & 10 play goes much better. WVU tries to run the same counter play that Porter scored on, but Breckyn Hager blows up the playside tackle and disrupts the trap and lead blockers, then Jason Hall takes a good angle down the heel line and makes the stop. That’s what it should look like from the back side; let Elliott worry about the quarterback. On 3rd & 9, WVU uses orbit motion and ties to hit the motion man in the flat against Texas’ Man Free coverage. In years past, the Texas defender would have missed this open-field tackle at least 33 percent of the time. Hager affects the throw, but Elliott’s going to make this play no matter what. Appreciate the certainty of knowing he won’t miss, because that feeling’s probably leaving with him for the NFL. On 4th down, things break down on Davis’ side again. Texas looks to be running a two-deep, four-under zone blitz — basically a Cover 2 look without the middle hook defender. Davis chases the slant by the outside receiver and leaves the slot receiver uncovered on the inside fade route. Elliott makes a ridiculous play. We’re gonna miss him. One Too Many Mistakes We pick it back up on 3rd & 9 on WVU’s next possession. After the BS roughing the passer/targeting on Hager put the Mountaineers in Texas territory, and they “completed” an impossible 30-yard pass down the middle, they were at the Texas 16. WVU comes out in a 2×2 set, and Texas lines up in 2-Man coverage, meaning they’ve got only five defenders in the box to take on five blockers. West Virginia calls a draw and gets both guards to Malik on the second level. It should probably be a touchdown at that point, but Malik somehow avoids them both and makes the stop. This is a play I’m not sure Malik would have made in previous seasons. We go to Holgo for the appropriate response. But it was all for naught. WVU motions the back out on 4th down to create a 4×1 set. For some reason, Orlando doubles the single receiver this time, but it’s some guy who isn’t their first-, second- or third-leading receiver. Sills is lined up as the No. 2 receiver to the strong side. I can’t tell what coverage Texas is running, but best guess: everyone’s in man, except Antwuan Davis and Jones are bracketing Sills. I’m struggling to think of a scenario where Davante Davis wouldn’t be expected to lock up the No. 1 receiver. Maybe he thought he had safety help inside, or maybe he’s just really bad at man coverage, but look at how tight Elliott’s coverage is, then look at how much space Davante’s receiver has. Right now, Texas is a 10-point favorite over Texas Tech. I’m not going to fall into the trap of calling it a must-win game — it would have been if West Virginia had won and Texas literally needed the win to reach a bowl, but that’s it. But this game and the bowl are enormous for the perception of the program. Get the W and guarantee a winning record. Then get better in the bowl practices and win that one too. An 8-5 record quiets a lot of critics and sends a loud message to recruits.
  8. Tom Herman Weekly Press Conference Updates (November 20)

    You have my vote for best avatar on the board.
  9. After defeating the Mountaineers on Saturday in Morgantown, the Longhorns become bowl eligible for the first time since 2014. The post-season destination for Texas is still up in the air, but will iron itself out based on the results of the last week of the regular season. Oklahoma is still in the CFP picture but they still have to play in the Big 12 Championship Game. TCU is likely to be the other team playing in the Big 12 title game. Regardless of the other happenings, Texas needs to solidify its worth by beating Texas Tech on Friday. They beat Tech and they should find themselves in a decent bowl - something a few weeks ago looked grim. Tell us where you think Texas goes bowling in our poll.
  10. Story by Ross Labenske Longhorns bowl eligble with upset win in Morgantown Texas versus West Virginia did not start out the way most predicted. Both offenses struggled to get things going early on, but things got rocky for the Mountaineers on their third drive of the game. Will Grier, reaching for the pylon on a potential rushing touchdown, broke his middle finger. The result of the play was a fumble and a touchback for West Virginia, giving the Longhorns the ball. They would punt after a 3-and-out. On the next Texas possession Sam Ehlinger led the Longhorns on an 11-play, 91-yard drive that can be attributed to Ehlinger’s solid play on the ground and through the air. A large chunk of the yardage on the drive was courtesy of a 50-yard pass to Reggie Hemphill-Mapps, which was taken to the West Virginia 20. The drive finished with an Ehlinger pass to Tight End Kendall Moore for a 4-yard touchdown. The score was 7-0 Longhorns with 10:55 left in the first half. West Virginia would punt the ball again, and the Longhorns saw their opportunity and capitalized on it. The Longhorns went on another scoring drive, this time a 10-play, 87-yard drive that ended with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Sam Ehlinger to Chris Warren III. The score was now 14-0 Texas with 2:29 left in the first half and would remain that way as the half expired. On the Longhorns’ second possession of the third quarter, as he was being sacked, Sam Ehlinger lofted a pass that was intercepted and returned 94-yards for a touchdown. This gave the Mountaineers their first score of the game. West Virginia still trailed the Longhorns 14-7 with 5:29 left in the 3rd quarter. Texas looked to be losing their momentum after the pick-6 and was forced to punt on their next offensive possession. West Virginia followed suit and punted. The Longhorns had great field position after the punt, beginning the drive at the West Virginia 46 yard line. And after only 2 plays, the Longhorns would find the end zone again, thanks to a 10-yard touchdown run by sophmore Kyle Porter. The score was now 21-7 in favor of Texas with just over a minute left in the third quarter. West Virginia, led by 2nd string QB Chris Chugunov, felt the urgency and tried to respond. The Mountaineers went on a 7-play, 51-yard drive that ended with a pass to the endzone for Gary Jennings, but was beautifully deflected by Longhorns safety DeShon Elliot. The ball was turned over on downs as a result. Texas would punt the ball, and West Virginia would not falter, scoring another touchdown. Notably on the scoring drive, Texas DE Breckyn Hager hit backup Mountaineers QB head-first in the chest, which resulted in a targeting call and Hager being ejected. The Mountaineers would later score a touchdown on 4th and 5, courtesy of a 12-yard touchdown pass from QB Chris Chugunov to Ka-Raun White. The score was now 21-14 Texas with 9:01 left in the game. West Virginia had clawed their way back into the game. Momentum began heavily swinging toward the Mountaineers after Texas was forced to punt again. West Virginia was on the verge of tying the game when quarterback Chris Chugunov was sacked and fumbled the ball on his own 6-yard line. This gave the Longhorns ample field position to put the game out of reach. And that they did, on their second 2-play drive of the game, which resulted in a 1-yard TD by Daniel Young. Young went airborne and over the top for the score, propelling the Longhorns to a 28-14 lead with just over 5 minutes left in the game. West Virginia could not answer, instead punting the ball after 5 plays and ending with a Chris Chugunov fumble which was recovered by the Mountaineers. They would punt the ball with 2:30 left in the game, giving Texas the chance to put things out of reach for good. The Longhorns went on a mildly successful drive that ended with the Ehlinger taking a knee and securing a 28-14 Texas victory. Texas is bowl eligible for the first time since 2014, which was former head coach Charlie Strong’s first season in Austin. The Longhorns upset a West Virginia team that was hoping to win today and compete for a share of the Big 12 crown, but those hopes have now been squandered. The defense played well against back-up QB Chris Chugunov, and were it not for the heroics of Longhorns QB Sam Ehlinger, this game might have not gone in Texas’s favor. Texas hosts in-state rival Texas Tech in Austin next Friday at 7 P.M. on Fox, the day after Thanksgiving, in the hopes of returning the Chancellor’s Spurs to Austin. Game Statistics
  11. *****Texas vs. West Virginia Game Thread*****

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  12. Texas Longhorns (5-5, 4-3) vs. West Virginia Mountaineers (7-3, 5-2) When: Saturday, November 18, 2017 Time: 11:00 AM CST Location: Morgantown, WV Venue: Milan Pusker Stadium TV: ESPN Radio: Local Affiliates Satellite Radio: Sirius 132, XM 199, and App Ch. 953 Audio Stream: Web, iOS App, Android Live Stats: Web All-time Series: West Virginia leads Texas 4-2 Last meeting: West Virginia defeated Texas 24-20 (November 12, 2016 – Austin, TX) Relevant Articles/ Information: Texas vs. West Virginia Game Preview Staff Predictions: Texas vs. West Virginia Get to Know West Virginia’s Defense/Special Teams Units Get to Know West Virginia’s Offense Kansas Film Review: Revenge Never Tasted so Embarrassing #HOOKEM
  13. Story by Jameson McCausland Texas (5-5, 4-3) will travel to Morgantown on Saturday to face West Virginia (7-3, 5-2). The Longhorns will be in search of their 6th win of the season, which would ensure a bowl game for the first time since 2014. West Virginia needs a win to keep their hopes alive of playing in the Big 12 Championship Game. Let’s take a look at what to expect from the West Virginia defense and special teams: Defensive Line The Mountaineers defense will operate out of a 3-3-5 look. The 3 defensive lineman will be DE Ezekiel Rose, NT Lamonte McDougle and DE Reese Donahue. Rose, a junior college transfer from East Mississippi Community College, is the most skilled pass rusher out of the trio. Rose leads the team with 4.5 sacks. McDougle is a talented true freshman who has 4 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. West Virginia has struggled stopping the run this season, allowing an average of 191 yards rushing per game. With the expected return of Connor Williams, Texas could find success on the ground if they stick with running the ball. Linebacker Al-Resheed Benton is the Mountaineers leading tackler, collecting 84 through the first 10 games. The senior has also added 12.5 tackles for loss and 2 interceptions. Redshirt freshman Sam Tonkery will see time at the SAM linebacker spot with fellow linebacker Xavier Preston questionable for the game with an injury. WILL linebacker David Long missed a portion of the season with a knee injury, but still ranks second of the team in tackles for loss (11) despite playing in only 6 games. Long had a big game a year ago against the Longhorns, collecting 10 tackles and a sack. Secondary Elijah Battle and Mike Daniels are the corner duo for the Mountaineers. Both players are seniors and have years of experience in backup roles before taking over as starters this season. Senior Kyzir White plays the SPUR position, which serves as a hybrid position of a safety/linebacker. White was a second team All-Big 12 selection in 2016 and is having another excellent season, collecting 6 tackles for loss, forcing 2 fumbles and recording 3 interceptions. The 2 safety positions will be occupied by Dravon Askew-Henry and Kenny Robinson. Askew-Henry is a senior who has started every game of his career, while Robinson is a true freshman who has recently stepped into a starting role. The passing game for Texas has been inconsistent, but the opportunity presents itself to move the ball through the air against a Mountaineer defense that is not the same defense that came to Austin last season. Special Teams The field goal kicking for West Virginia has been an adventure this season. Mike Molina started the season has the primary kicker and went 5 for 8 with a long of 43 yards, but has been sidelined with an injury. Evan Staley has taken over in his place and connected on 3 of 4 attempts, with a long of 36 yards. Billy Kinney handles the punting duties and is averaging 39.88 yards per punt. Marcus Simms serves as the primary return man on punts and kickoffs. Simms is averaging 25.57 yards per kickoff return and 6 yards per punt return.
  14. Texas is set to square off against West Virginia at 11:00 am at Milan Puskar Stadium on Saturday at 11:00 am. The Longhorns need one more win to become bowl eligible, while West Virginia remains in the hunt for a share of the Big 12 regular season crown. The HornSports Staff give their predictions on the outcome of Saturday’s game in Morgantown. Aaron Carrara Texas hasn’t had the better of West Virginia in Morgantown since the Mack Brown era in Austin. The weather forecast for Morgantown calls for rain and a 50 degree game time temperature. The Mountaineer run defense is porous and the Longhorns are devoid of a running game, which we will call a wash. Will Grier and the West Virginia offense have the capacity to gobble up yardage, while the Texas defense prides itself in solid run-stopping. To me, the storyline in this game revolves around the Longhorns’ ability to contain the Mountaineer air raid. Texas will stop the run, but the secondary needs to stop or limit the big plays, or this game could get out of hand, and fast. I’m not confident in Texas’ ability to score points, if put in a position of need, and the Mountaineers win their third straight against the Longhorns. Score Prediction: West Virginia 38, Texas 24 Jameson McCausland It has been hard to get a read on West Virginia this season. The Mountaineers have an impressive 7-3 record, but have failed the eye test at times. The WVU defense ranks in the bottom half of the conference, but I am not sure the Texas offense can take advantage. If Texas tries to play the QB rotation game for 4 quarters, West Virginia will win handily. The Longhorns need to hope Sam Ehlinger or Shane Buechele establish themselves as the hot hand early enough to get the offense in a rhythm. In the end, I think West Virginia is going to put together more quality drives than Texas. Will Grier is very good, and the offensive weapons he has will give the Texas defense some problems. I expect this game to be competitive for 4 quarters, but the Mountaineers will pull away late for a win. Score Prediction: West Virginia 24, Texas 14 Daniel Seahorn All things considered this is a tough matchup for Texas. The Mountaineers are capable of hanging crooked numbers on defenses and with the Longhorn secondary lacking Holton Hill, I think things will be tough sledding back there. David Sills has caught 18 touchdowns, while Ka’Raun White has reeled in 10 touchdowns, so the back end of the defense will have its hands full on Saturday. As far as the Longhorn offense goes, I’d bet we see more of Sam Ehlinger this week after only seeing him for one first half series and in garbage time against Kansas. We should also see the return of Connor Williams, which is also encouraging for a struggling offense who has struggled to protect the quarterback all year long. I had this matchup pegged as a loss looking at the schedule on in the year considering it’s on the road against a team Texas has struggled against and my feeling really hasn’t changed based on how the season has played out. I don’t see this one going Texas’ way all things considered. Score Prediction: West Virginia 34, Texas 24 Ross Labenske Texas will be looking for their first win versus the Mountaineers since 2014, when Charlie Strong was still head coach. And this WVU team is stacked, and thanks to the leadership of QB Will Grier, have one of the best offenses in the nation. West Virginia’s rush D is one of the worst in the nation, but unfortunately for the Longhorns their run game has been inept all season. The Mountaineers will be playing for at least a share of the Bug 12 crown, as long as they win out. All in all it may prove to be too much for the ‘Horns, whose postseason aspirations may take a significant hit if they lose come Saturday. Score Prediction: West Virginia 30, Texas 21