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West Virginia hands Texas sixth straight loss, 31-23

HornSports Staff
HornSports Staff

The Texas Longhorns (4-7, 2-6) were officially eliminated from bowl consideration on Saturday after losing to the West Virginia Mountaineers (5-6, 3-5) in Morgantown.  The loss brings the team's losing streak to six games, the longest it has been in more than half a century.

In Bijan Robinson's absence, Texas outrushed the Mountaineers behind the performances of Keilan Robinson and Roschon Johnson, who combined for 188 yards and two touchdowns.  Casey Thompson started at quarterback for the Longhorns, but was replaced at the start of the second half by Hudson Card after having trouble getting the passing game going.  Thompson finished the day 4-14 for 29 yards and an interception.

Hudson Card held the lone passing touchdown of the game for Texas, a 52-yard floater to Xavier Worthy in the 3rd quarter.  He finished 10-16 for 123 yards before being injured in the 4th quarter.  Card would return to finish the game with a taped ankle. 

It was another tough day for the Texas defense, which gave up 459 yards of total offense to the Mountaineers, including 158 yards rushing and a touchdown to West Virginia running back Leddie Brown.

The quarterback play was very different for West Virginia.  Jarrett Doege had a banner day, going 27-43 and throwing for three touchdowns and 290 yards.

The Longhorns close out out the season next weekend at home against the Kansas State Wildcats.


The Longhorns won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.  West Virginia jumped out to a 7-0 lead on the game's first possession on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Doege to Sam James.

After three straight punts on possessions by Texas, West Virginia extended its lead to 14-0 on Doege's second touchdown pass of the game, this one to Winston Wright.

The Longhorns got on the board with 8:34 left in the second quarter, when Keilan Robinson ran 49 yards for a score to trim the Mountaineer lead to 14-7.

Leddie Brown's 2-yard touchdown run extended West Virginia's lead to 21-7 at the 2:34 mark, but Cameron Dicker's 50-yard field goal put three on the scoreboard and cut the lead to 21-10 in favor of West Virginia at the half.

Hudson Card's 52-yard strike to Xavier Worthy with 5:40 left in the third quarter made the score 21-17 at that point.

The Mountaineers answered at the end of the third quarter, with Doege throwing his third touchdown pass on the day, this one to Sean Ryan for 7 yards.  

West Virginia led 28-17 headed to the fourth quarter.

On the quarter's opening drive the Longhorns would use 8 plays for 72 yards on a scoring drive that was capped with a 6-yard rushing touchdown by Roschon Johnson.  Texas went for two trailing 28-23 but would fail to convert.

West Virginia added a field goal with 7:03 remaining on the game clock to take a 31-23 lead.

The Mountaineers would hold on to the victory as Texas failed to convert on 4th down on its final drive of the game, turning the  ball over on downs.

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