Texas’ victory over West Virginia was a bit fortuitous in that they finally got to face a diminished opponent when Will Grier broke his finger rather than yet another top quarterback and offense, but it was no less a breakthrough for this team.
The defense smothered the Mountaineers throughout the day and held them to only seven points, but that wasn’t the big win for the day. The real breakthrough was returning Connor Williams and Sam Ehlinger, who joined forces to spark 200+ rushing yards and help revitalize a unit that has struggled to carry its weight this season and hasn’t done so since the Red River Shootout.
We’ll talk some about their upcoming matchup with the Texas Tech Red Raiders, but this Kingsbury team is probably less dangerous than the one Texas dispatched last year in Lubbock using a dime defense that was weaker and much less versatile than what Orlando has loosed on the Big 12 this year. Instead, let’s talk about some features to this Texas team that are sticking and could be foundational pieces heading into a bowl game and then into 2018.