NCAAF Game Recap - Texas at West Virginia
Sat Oct 5, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

UGA
43
Tenn
14
F
MSU
10
OHSt
34
F
UtSt
6
LSU
42
F
Okla
45
Kans
20
F
Aub
13
Fla
24
F
Kent
0
Wisc
48
F
BGSU
0
ND
52
F
Tex
42
WVU
31
F
Purd
7
PSU
35
F
Cal
7
Oreg
17
F
Iowa
3
Mich
10
F
Wash
13
Stan
23
F
Boise
38
UNLV
13
F
UCF
24
Cin
27
F
OkSt
35
TxTch
45
F
Tuls
37
SMU
43
F(2OT)
GaSo
20
SoAl
17
F(1OT)
Temp
27
ECU
17
F
NM
21
SJSU
32
F
SoFL
48
UConn
22
F
MD
48
Rut
7
F
Tul
42
Army
33
F
BC
39
Lou
41
F
TCU
24
IASt
49
F
E Mi
16
C Mi
42
F
Ball
27
NIU
20
F
WestMI
24
Toled
31
F
ArkSt
38
GASt
52
F
Ohio
21
Buff
20
F OT
Ill
17
Minn
40
F
Marsh
13
MidTN
24
F
Bayl
31
K St
12
F
AF
25
Navy
34
F
VaTec
42
MiaFL
35
F
Mem
52
ULMon
33
F
NW
10
Neb
13
F
Troy
10
Mizzu
42
F
UNC
38
GATec
22
F
Ariz
35
Colo
30
F
W Ky
20
OD
3
F
Rice
20
UAB
35
F
UMass
0
FLInt
44
F
Vand
6
Miss
31
F
UTSA
26
UTEP
16
F
Lib
20
NMSt
13
F
Pitt
33
Duke
30
F
OreSt
48
UCLA
31
F
SDSU
24
ColSt
10
F

Oct 5, 2019, 3:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(11) Texas (4-1)

7

14

0

21

42

West Virginia (3-2)

7

7

3

14

31

Ehlinger leads No. 11 Texas over West Virginia 42-31
Sat Oct 5, 2019 9:25 PM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Before he took a knee on the final play, quarterback Sam Ehlinger flashed the "Hook'em Horns" sign toward the Texas fans in West Virginia's stands.

He got his payback, even if he insists he'd put aside last year's defiant celebration by several Mountaineers on his home field.

Ehlinger threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores while No. 11 Texas converted three turnovers into TDs in a 42-31 victory over West Virginia on Saturday.

Ehlinger and Texas (4-1, 2-0 Big 12) beat the Mountaineers (3-2, 1-1) on the road for the second straight time.

"I'm really proud of the way that everyone kind of kept our heads down and kept swinging," he said.

Ehlinger and several Texas players were upset last year after West Virginia players flashed "horns down" signs during West Virginia's 42-41 win in Austin, Texas. Ehlinger had noted in a tweet that was later deleted: "Do not think it will be forgotten."

Maybe it wasn't forgotten, but it wasn't the inspiration behind Saturday's win, either.

"I don't think any of it was motivation, honestly," Ehlinger said. "We're focused on being the best that we can be and external forces don't matter."

Ehlinger finished 18 of 33 for 211 yards. He threw just his second interception of the season that West Virginia turned into a third-quarter field goal.

The Texas defense showed no signs of slowing down despite injuries that have decimated the secondary. The Longhorns intercepted Austin Kendall four times, twice by cornerback D'Shawn Jamison.

Texas needed those turnovers to break open a close game, too.

Texas coach Tom Herman praised his defense for making key plays when West Virginia had a chance to retake the lead after halftime. That came as the Longhorns' offense sputtered, punting on four of its first five drives in the second half while also having Ehlinger's interception.

"We knew this was going to be a really tough environment," Herman said.

B.J. Foster's pick early in the fourth quarter led to Devin Duvernay's 13-yard scoring run. Kendall was intercepted on the next drive by Jamison at the West Virginia 18, and Ehlinger threw a lateral to offensive lineman Samuel Cosmi, who rumbled 12 yards into the end zone for a 35-17 lead.

Kendall threw three TD passes, including pair of fourth-quarter scores, and had a 1-yard scoring run. He finished 31 of 46 for a career-high 367 yards.

West Virginia coach Neal Brown came to Kendall's defense. He said the Oklahoma graduate transfer's first interception was a misread but the other three were the fault of the receivers, who either had a chance to catch the ball or ran the wrong route.

"I had a pretty good eye on the field and I thought the kid played well, played his best game," Brown said. "We were in the game offensively because of him."

THE TAKEAWAY

Texas: The Longhorns were making their first trip outside of the state of Texas this season and showed they were not looking ahead to next week's Red River Rivalry game against No. 6 Oklahoma.

"We did a good job on staying focused on the task at hand," Ehlinger said.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers started a brutal October stretch with a bust. They also have Iowa State, No. 6 Oklahoma and Baylor on the schedule this month.

RUNNING ROSCHON

Texas freshman Roschon Johnson, a converted quarterback, finished with career highs of 121 yards on 21 carries. He was used extensively after starting running back Keontay Ingram injured his neck in the first quarter before returning later in the game.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Texas could creep back into the top 10 with the road win.

UP NEXT

Texas: The Longhorns play the Sooners next Saturday in Dallas. Texas beat the Sooners 48-45 during the 2018 regular season at the State Fair of Texas, though the Sooners won the rematch in the Big 12 title game.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers host the Cyclones next Saturday after Iowa State embarrassed the Mountaineers 30-14 a year ago.

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Passing

Tex Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
S. Ehlinger 33 18 54.5 2 211 36 1 81.8
WVU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
A. Kendall 46 31 67.4 3 367 44 4 77.0

Rushing

Tex Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
R. Johnson 21 121 5.8 17 0
S. Ehlinger 9 45 5.0 23 2
WVU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. McKoy 6 30 5.0 18 0
L. Brown 6 25 4.2 11 0

Receiving

Tex Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Duvernay 6 86 14.3 36 0
M. Epps 3 34 11.3 22 1
WVU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Simmons 7 135 19.3 44 1
S. Ryan 5 70 14.0 39 0

Fumbles

Returning

Tex KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Duvernay 2 18.0 0 20 0 - 0 0
WVU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Sinkfield 0 - 0 0 2 -1.0 0 0
S. James 2 21.5 0 30 0 - 0 0

Punting

Tex Punt Yds Avg LgPu
R. Bujcevski 7 289 41.3 45
WVU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Growden 5 218 43.6 55

Takeaways

Tex Int Yds InTD
D. Jamison 2 12 0
B. Foster 1 0 0
WVU Int Yds InTD
K. Washington Jr. 1 34 0

Team Stats Comparison

Tex WVU
Points For 42 31
Total Yards 427 463
Rushing Yards 216 96
Passing Yards 211 367
Passing Completions / Attempts 18/33 31/46
Turnovers 1 4
Interceptions Thrown 1 4
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 0/0
First Downs 26 24
Penalties - Yards 10/89 3/30
Time Of Possession 4:04 56:56
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 10/18 4/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 2/2
Punts - Average Yards 7/41 5/44

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Tex WVU
WVU 1:29 TD Sam James 44 yd pass from Austin Kendall (Evan Staley kick) 0 7
Tex 9:08 TD Malcolm Epps 22 yd pass from Sam Ehlinger (Cameron Dicker kick) 7 7
2nd Quarter Tex WVU
WVU 2:01 TD Austin Kendall 1 yd run (Evan Staley kick) 7 14
Tex 7:04 TD John Burt 13 yd pass from Sam Ehlinger (Cameron Dicker kick) 14 14
Tex 11:32 TD Sam Ehlinger 13 yd run (Cameron Dicker kick) 21 14
3rd Quarter Tex WVU
WVU 13:01 FG Evan Staley 29 yd FG 21 17
4th Quarter Tex WVU
Tex 2:18 TD Devin Duvernay 13 yd run (Cameron Dicker kick) 28 17
Tex 4:29 TD Samuel Cosmi 12 yd run (Cameron Dicker kick) 35 17
WVU 11:03 TD T.J. Simmons 19 yd pass from Austin Kendall (Evan Staley kick) 35 24
Tex 11:57 TD Sam Ehlinger 23 yd run (Cameron Dicker kick) 42 24
WVU 14:12 TD Bryce Wheaton 12 yd pass from Austin Kendall (Evan Staley kick) 42 31

Game Information

Stadium: Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, West Virginia
Attendance: 62,069
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