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Texas tramples West Virginia

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Mountaineers fall 33-16 in Austin

As the season starts to heat up and the playoffs draw closer, each game becomes increasingly more important for West Virginia Mountaineers.

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Austin, Texas, No. 23 West Virginia arrived hoping bounce back from last week’s heartbreaking 31-30 last-second loss to TCU and continue an impressive push toward the postseason.  The unranked Longhorns, meanwhile, were just hoping to bump their shaky 4-5 record up to .500.

Texas jumped out to an early lead, scoring the first touchdown on a 11-play, 90-yard drive. Tyrone Swoops pass to Geof Swaim for 2 yards gave the Longhorns the lead, and Nick Rose added the kick to make it a 7-0 game in favor of Texas.

West Virginia answered quickly with a 22-yard field goal by Josh Lambert to cap a 40-yard drive.

Texas scored two more touchdowns off of two Jonathan Gray runs, one for 39 yards and another for 2.  A 39-yard field goal by Rose gave the Longhorns 17 points in a 7:42 span and a 24-3 halftime lead.

The third quarter went by with no points by either team. WVU’s Lambert missed a 40-yard field goal attempt.

West Virginia opened up the fourth quarter with a 75-yard drive down the field, capped with a 9-yard touchdown run by Dreamius Smith, closing the gap slightly to 24-10, Texas.

Again, Texas answered, this time in a big way. A Cedric Reed sack resulted in a safety against West Virginia’s Clint Trickettt, making it a 26-10 game with the Longhorns on top.

West Virginia did score once more off a Wendell Smallwood 3-yard run. The Mountaineers attempted a two-point conversation, but the attempt failed and Texas answered with another Gray TD, this time from 15-yards out to end the scoring at 33-16 Texas.

Gray finished with 101 yards rushing on 10 carries as Texas ended a streak of nine straight home losses to ranked opponents. The Longhorns need to win one of their final two games to be eligible for a bowl. Texas last missed a bowl in 2010 when the Longhorns had a losing season the year after playing for the national championship.

Defensively, Texas held West Virginia receiver Kevin White in check. Mountaineers quarterback Clint Trickett passed for 248 yards, but had two turnovers.

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