The Texas defensive performance played out about like I expected: they kept the WVU passing game in front of them (Doege completed 70% of his throws, but at only 9 yards per completion), completely took away the running game (43 rushing yards, longest run was 12), consistently won in the trenches, and held West Virginia to 13 total points on the strength of a largely mistake free red zone defense. That clutch red zone defense was in sharp contrast to what we saw in Stillwater. In fact, the entire game result relied on stiffening up near the Longhorn goal line, particularly as the Texas defensive performance transitioned from dominant to bend-but-don't-break.
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), Robinson paced the Longhorns offensive attack in defeating West Virginia, 17-13 from DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
In 2018, Texas went 2-1 against Oklahoma, Baylor, and Oklahoma State before welcoming West Virginia to Austin in early November. In 2020, Texas went 2-1 against Oklahoma, Baylor, and Oklahoma State before they welcome West Virginia to Austin in early November.
Texas’ win over Oklahoma State was frankly bizarre. When you’re outgained 530 yards to 287 and go 2/15 on third down typically you don’t feel great about your chances of victory. But Texas did win, thanks to four Oklahoma State turnovers, a Longhorn special teams touchdown, and a lot of veteran decision-making and playmaking by Sam Ehlinger.
Neal Brown's Mountaineers are off to a solid start, but the meat of their schedule remains, beginning this week with Texas. They're 4-2 overall and 3-2 in the Big 12 race, one game out of first place. They have notched conference wins over Baylor (in OT), against hapless Kansas, and just buried a QB deficient Kansas State, with losses coming on the road to Oklahoma State by 14 and Texas Tech by 7. The meat of their league schedule yet remains (Texas, ISU, OU) and they've been a much tougher out at home (4-0) than on the road (0-2).
Collectively, the first effort of the year that resembled some of the lowlights of last year's offense: a second half descent into why-is-everything-is-so-hard grind, way too many 3rd and longs, overall poor play (penalties, Ehlinger's bad INT, bad routes, a couple of OL defeats) in the 3rd quarter, and some struggles with Mountaineer defensive adjustments out of halftime.