FINAL: West Virginia defeats Texas, 31-23

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West Virginia football is set to close out its home slate when it hosts the Texas Longhorns at Milan Puskar Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon ET on ESPN2.

Be sure to stop here for updates as the game unfolds.


FINAL: West Virginia holds on to defeat Texas, 31-23.

2:51: The Senior Day magic continues for the Mountaineers as senior safety Sean Mahone comes up clutch to pick the Longhorns off on fourth down to possibly seal the game. Texas gets a personal foul to give WVU even better field position on the Mountaineers’ 49, but the visitors still have all their timeouts.

FIELD GOAL WEST VIRGINIA (31-23) – 7:03: Casey Legg makes up for the miss with a 45-yard make to get the Mountaineers up by eight.

TOUCHDOWN TEXAS (28-23) – 12:25: The Longhorn ground game gets them back within a score. Keilan Robinson pushes forward with a 25-yard gain in the middle of the 8-play drive to get Texas in the red zone, then Roschon Johnson gets in the end zone a few plays later from six yards out. Texas tries for two, but it fails.


END 3Q: West Virginia has a double-digit lead to start the final quarter of play, 28-17.

TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (28-17) – 0:29: WVU gets some big gains early in the drive, jumping 63 yards in just three snaps after two negative plays to start the series. Sean Ryan caps it off with a big catch in the end zone, notching his senior day score to put the Mountaineers further ahead of the Longhorns.

TOUCHDOWN TEXAS (21-17) – 5:40: Steve Sarkisian has made a switch at quarterback, and it seems to have injected life into the Longhorn offense. Hudson Card makes a massive play as signal caller, finding Xavier Worthy down the sideline for a touchdown of 52 yards.

8:52: WVU’s offense takes a lot of time off the clock, but doesn’t move much. It comes to a halt after Doege fails twice to connect with Kaden Prather, bringing Tyler Sumpter on the field to punt.

13:16: It takes WVU just five plays to force a punt. Texas hasn’t had a drive last more than seven snaps this game, and they’ve broken just one big play so far.

Texas receives to open the half.


HALF: West Virginia leads 21-10, and the Longhorns will get the ball at halftime.

0:03: Leddie Brown and Jarret Doege drive the Mountaineers down the field, setting up a field goal attempt for Casey Legg in the final seconds. He tries from 48, but it’s no good.

FIELD GOAL TEXAS (21-10) – 0:28: The Mountaineer defense comes up big, holding the Longhorns to just a 33-yard drive on seven plays. Cameron Dicker comes on to get his first points for Texas, making from 50 yards out.

TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (21-7) – 2:34: West Virginia answers the Longhorn score with one of its own, 12 plays later. The Mountaineers drive 82 yards down the field, and it’s capped off by a 2-yard run from Leddie Brown.

TOUCHDOWN TEXAS (14-7) – 8:34: Keilan Robinson breaks the first big play for Texas of the game, and it goes for a touchdown from 49 yards out on the ground. The Longhorns go 79 yards down the field in their longest drive of the game.

11:13: Another three-and-out for West Virginia puts the Longhorns on their own 21 after the punt.

TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (14-0) – 13:44: Doege opens the quarter with two massive connections for double-digit gains — the second of which is to Winston Wright, who catches it in the end zone for WVU’s second touchdown of the game. That drive goes 80 yards in 11 plays.


END 1Q: West Virginia has the lead after one, 7-0. They also have the ball to start the second quarter.

3:49: This one has turned into a punting contest, as neither team has been able to get anything going offensively over the last several minutes. WVU now has the ball on its own 20.

7:36: Garrett Greene sees his first action of the day, completing an 11-yard pass on first down. Doege gets sacked on the next play for an even bigger loss, and WVU punts when fourth down comes up.

9:36: The Longhorns start this one with a three-and-out. They get just one completion in the drive, but are forced to punt early.

TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (7-0) – 11:02: WVU wastes little time on offense — they march down the field in nine plays. Jarret Doege caps it off with a 20-yard connection to Sam James, finishing 6-of-7 on the drive.

West Virginia will receive to start this one.

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