Rapid Thoughts: Texas 17, WVU 13

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AUSTIN, TX — The game began and ended the same way; with Bijan Robinson.

With a career-high 113 yards on 12 carries (9.4 ypc), the true freshman Robinson paced the Longhorns offensive attack in defeating West Virginia, 17-13 from DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

  1. On a day where the Texas offense had its troubles, the defense was wide awake for the early kickoff. Demarvion Overshown, Juwan Mitchell, and T’Vondre Sweat all brought their A-game today. Overshown – 8 tackles, 2 TFLs, one sack, and one PBU) picked a good day for his breakout game. The junior linebacker from Arp put on a show and is fitting into his new position quite nicely.
  2. Texas Offense is offensive. With Keaontay Ingram out, Bijan Robinson got his third career start, and produced 54 yards on his first carry. He finished with 113 yards but Texas still needs wide receivers and a healthy Sam Ehlinger. The senior signal-caller is clearly still hampered by bumps and bruises, but made the plays late when it counted. A pedestrian 15-of-31 for 184 yards and two scores (39 yards rushing) won’t usually cut it in the Big 12. Brennan Eagles netted 43 yards on four grabs and Jake Smith had 59 yards on three catches, both with a touchdown.
  3. On paper, UT was the better team. UT netted 363 yards of offense, with WVU tallying 360, but the Horns used their ground attack and five yards per carry to hold serve versus the Mountaineers. Texas was better on 3rd downs, penalties, and game management in the second half. WVU’s insistence on attempting to convert fourth downs instead of getting points ultimately led to its demise.
  4. Texas still controls its own destiny. With a win today, the Horns can win out and make the Big 12 Championship in Arlington. These wins are never pretty and today was far from a beauty contest.

No. 22 Texas (5-2) has a bye next week and then travels to Lawrence for a battle with the Jayhawks.