GAMEDAY College Football

West Virginia 31, Texas 23

Associated Press

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Jarret Doege threw three touchdown passes and Leddie Brown rushed for 158 yards and a score to lead West Virginia to a 31-23 victory over Texas on Saturday, handing the Longhorns their sixth straight loss and eliminating them from bowl consideration.

West Virginia (5-6, 3-5 Big 12) snapped a two-game losing streak and kept its own postseason hopes alive but needs to win its final game next weekend.

"It gets us to five," West Virginia coach Neal Brown said. "It keeps us alive for another week."

Texas (4-7, 2-6) couldn't overcome another double-digit deficit. The Longhorns will finish with a losing record and miss a bowl for the first time since 2016. The losing streak for Texas is its longest since it dropped eight in a row in 1956.

"We just haven't broken through yet, and that's the biggest frustrating part," Sarkisian said. "Every game, it seems like there is a different story to tell of why it didn't happen. I hate it for the guys because they bring it every day."

Texas never led but had two chances to potentially tie the score in the final three minutes.

The Longhorns drove to the West Virginia 30. But on fourth down, Casey Thompson was intercepted by Sean Mahone at the 6.

West Virginia then drove to the Texas 36. The Mountaineers went for it on fourth down rather than attempt a long field goal, but Doege threw incomplete into the end zone and Texas got one last chance with 36 seconds left.

The Longhorns couldn't get past midfield and Hudson Card's fourth-down pass fell incomplete.

Texas was outgained 459 yards to 355, but it was the big play that kept the Longhorns in range.

Alabama transfer Keilan Robinson, who was in COVID-19 protocols and sat out the Longhorns' overtime home loss to Kansas a week ago, had a 49-yard scoring run midway through the second quarter. Robinson also had a 25-yard carry during a third-quarter drive that led to Roschon Johnson's 6-yard TD run that pulled Texas within 28-23 with 12:25 left.

West Virginia's Casey Legg kicked a 45-yard field goal for the final margin.

Texas went three-and-out on its first four possessions. By then, Doege had thrown TD passes of 20 yards to Sam James and 14 yards to Winston Wright for a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Doege also had a 7-yard TD toss to Sean Ryan in the third quarter on a drive that didn't start so well. Doege was sacked on two straight plays and converted a third-and-17 pass from his own 18. Leddie Brown followed with runs of 26 and 18 yards to put the Mountaineers inside the Texas 20.

Doege finished 27 of 43 for 290 yards.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter TexWVU
WVU TD 11:02 Sam James 20 yd pass from Jarret Doege (Casey Legg kick) 0 7
Second Quarter TexWVU
WVU TD 13:44 Winston Wright Jr. 14 yd pass from Jarret Doege (Casey Legg kick) 0 14
Tex TD 8:34 Keilan Robinson 49 yd run (Cameron Dicker kick) 7 14
WVU TD 2:34 Leddie Brown 2 yd run (Casey Legg kick) 7 21
Tex FG 1:13 Cameron Dicker 50 yd FG 10 21
Third Quarter TexWVU
Tex TD 5:40 Xavier Worthy 52 yd pass from Hudson Card (Cameron Dicker kick) 17 21
WVU TD 0:29 Sean Ryan 7 yd pass from Jarret Doege (Casey Legg kick) 17 28
Fourth Quarter TexWVU
Tex TD 12:25 Roschon Johnson 6 yd run (failed 2pt pass) 23 28
WVU FG 7:03 Casey Legg 45 yd FG 23 31
Team Stats
  Texas West Virginia
First downs 16 28
  Rushing 9 10
  Passing 7 16
  Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Efficiency 2-10, 20% 12-20, 60%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 28-203 43-158
Passing Yards 152 301
Return Yards 40 52
Completions-Attempts-Int 14-30-1 28-44-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--2 3--24
Punts 5 4
Punts-Average 44.2 44.3
Fumbles Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 4-41 3-19
Time of Possession 21:24 38:36
Texas Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Card 10 16 123 1 0
C. Thompson 4 14 29 0 1
West Virginia Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Doege 27 43 290 3 0
G. Greene 1 1 11 0 0
Texas Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Robinson 9 111 12.3 1
R. Johnson 15 77 5.1 1
H. Card 2 18 9.0 0
C. Thompson 1 -2 -2.0 0
West Virginia Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
L. Brown 33 158 4.8 1
T. Mathis Jr. 5 23 4.6 0
J. Doege 4 -21 -5.3 0
Texas Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
X. Worthy 7 85 12.1 1
C. Brewer 4 37 9.3 0
K. Robinson 1 16 16.0 0
M. Washington 1 10 10.0 0
R. Johnson 1 4 4.0 0
West Virginia Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
W. Wright Jr. 6 67 11.2 1
S. James 5 64 12.8 1
B. Ford-Wheaton 3 58 19.3 0
K. Prather 4 48 12.0 0
R. Smith 2 29 14.5 0
S. Ryan 2 13 6.5 1
I. Esdale 2 13 6.5 0
T. Banks 1 5 5.0 0
L. Brown 3 4 1.3 0
Texas Interceptions
Player Int Yards
West Virginia Interceptions
Player Int Yards
S. Mahone 1 28
Texas Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Dicker 5 221 44.2
West Virginia Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Sumpter 4 177 44.3
Texas Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Jamison 1 0 0
West Virginia Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
I. Esdale 3 9 3.0
Texas Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Jamison 2 40 20.0
West Virginia Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Malashevich 1 15 15.0
Texas Missed FG
Player Length
West Virginia Missed FG
Player Length
C. Legg 48




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