GOOD, BAD, UGLY FROM UT'S FIRST HOME LOSS

HD's CHIP BROWN takes a look at the GOOD, BAD & UGLY from Texas' first home loss of the season - a 24-20 defeat against No. 11 West Virginia.

GOOD

After a wild first quarter in which the Texas defense gave up a FG drive and two touchdown drives, the Longhorns’ D gave up just one TD drive the rest of the game. 

The Texas D produced 3 INTs in the 3Q (2 by Dylan Haines and 1 by PJ Locke) and three huge stops in the 4Q, giving the Texas offense the ball back at the UT41 with 5:25 left to play (and Texas trailing 24-20) and again at the UT12 with 1:25 left.

Kris Boyd also forced a fumble and recovered it (basically negating a D'Onta Foreman fumble that occurred deep in Texas territory a few plays earlier).

On UT’s final drive - Shane Buechele breathed life into DKR with a 28-yard completion to Dorian Leonard to the UT40 with just more than a minute to play. Then, after a couple completions to D’Onta Foreman, Buechele hooked up with Collin Johnson for 20 yards to the WVU27 with 14 seconds left. But Buechele’s throw into the end zone on the final play fell incomplete.

The Texas defense came up with a big series after Shane Buechele’s fumble with 13:05 left to play. Malcolm Roach dropped Skyler Howard for a 4-yard loss. Then, Jason Hall sacked Howard for minus-7 yards, and the Horns stuffed WVU on third-and-21, forcing a punt with 10:15 left to play and Texas trailing 24-20.

Dylan Haines collected INT No. 2 in the game - picking off an overthrow by Skyler Howard at the UT46 with 57 seconds left in the 3Q.

Texas turned an INT by Dylan Haines in the end zone late in the 3Q into a 9-play, 80-yard TD drive that took 2:12 off the clock, capped by a 20-yard catch-and-run TD by Collin Johnson - his third TD reception in two games.

Holy momentum turns! After John Burt bobbled a pass that was intercepted at the UT33 with 4:19 left 3Q and Texas trailing 24-13, Dylan Haines picked off a pass in the end zone three plays later with 3:40 left 3Q.

After gains of 26 and 15 yards by WVU on the Mountaineers’ first possession of the 2H, P.J. Locke came up with an INT for UT’s second forced turnover of the game. Locke returned it 2 yards to the UT28 with 14:12 3Q. 

After a three-and-out by the Texas defense, the Longhorns went on a 21-PLAY DRIVE covering 84 yards in 6:48 to a 19-yard, Trent Domingue FG with :07 left in the half. (D'Onta Foreman was pleading with Charlie Strong to go for it on fourth-and-1 from the 2)

Texas defense had 2 sacks (Malcolm Roach, Jason Hall) and was led in tackles by Ed Freeman (8, 7 solo)

Texas parlayed kick-catch interference call after which WVU coach Dana Holgorsen could be heard on the officials' microphone saying, "Our guys got bigger balls than their guys" - into a 5-play TD drive capped with a TD run by Shane Buechele, cutting WVU's lead to 17-10.

D'Onta Foreman went over 100 yards rushing on his 16th carry of the game (a 5-yarder giving him 104 yards) with roughly 6 minutes left in the 2Q - tying Earl Campbell's record of 11 straight games with at least 100 yards rushing.

Foreman finished the half with 20 carries for 114 yards (5.7 ypc) and one fumble (that didn't lead to WVU points, because Kris Boyd then forced a WVU fumble).

Foreman finished with 35 carries for 167 yards (4.8 ypc)


With the Longhorns’ defense giving lots of ground on back-to-back WVU touchdown drives at the end of the 1Q and beginning of the 2Q, Mountaineers’ WRs started dropping passes on critical downs.

Right after Patrick Vahe replaced Elijah Rodriguez at left guard with 2 minutes left in the 1Q, D’Onta Foreman ran behind Vahe’s block and sprung a 21-yard run. The drive stalled, however, resulting in a punt.

Two plays after D’Onta Foreman fumbled and WVU recovered at the Texas17, Anthony Wheeler held up WVU RB Justin Crawford after a 7-yard gain, and Kris Boyd stripped the ball out of Crawford’s hands - giving Texas the ball at its own 8 with 6:31 left 1Q. Huge play by Big-Play Boyd.

Malcolm Roach sacked Skyler Howard for a 4-yard loss on third-and-8 from the UT23, forcing a 44-yard WVU field goal with 7:18 left 1Q - tying the game 3-3. Earlier in the drive, Malik Jefferson got a good hit on Howard, just after Howard threw the ball away.

Texas takes the ball on its first drive and goes 65 yards in 12 plays - taking 2:59 off the clock - to a 27-yard, Trent Domingue field goal and a 3-0 lead with 12:01 left 1Q.

D’Onta Foreman went Earl Campbell-vs-Isaiah Robertson on Texas’ first drive, goring WVU DB Jarrod Harper (22), who is 6-0, 210 pounds - and drove him backward 3 yards.

For the first time all season (10 games), Texas got the ball to start a game. The Horns actually won the toss and elected to take the ball right away! Something a team confident in its offense does! 

BAD

Texas falls to 5-5 on the season and lost its first game at home in 2016 (1-4). Texas also had a string of four straight wins against Top 12 teams snapped by losing to No. 11 West Virginia on Saturday.

The Longhorns had a FG blocked.

Malik Jefferson left the game with about 5 mins left in the 1Q and did not return (head injury).

The Texas defense forced four turnovers, and the UT offense was able to convert them into only 7 points. The Texas offense turned the ball over 3 times - two fumbles (D. Foreman, S. Buechele) and an INT by Buechele.

Shane Buechele struggled to throw the ball early - misfiring twice in the end zone to Collin Johnson on UT's first drive, a pass batted on third down and a couple other throws could've been picked off. Finished the first half14 of 22 passing for 113 yards.

D’Onta Foreman had 20 carries for 114 yards in the first half and 15 carries for 53 yards in the second half as West Virginia loaded up to stop the run but was also able to get relentless pressure on Shane Buechele.

Shane Buechele was only 6 of 12 passing for 97 yards in the 4Q, and the Longhorns ran for just 41 yards on 14 carries (2.9 ypc) in the 4Q.

Texas finished 5 of 17 on third down conversions and just 2 of 7 in the second half.

After a huge series by the defense in getting WVU off the field, the Longhorns could only drive the ball from their 15 to their 41 before Buechele was sacked for a loss of 7 on third-and-12 from the UT48.

After Dylan Haines’ second INT of the game at the UT46 with 57 seconds left in 3Q, Texas went on a 7-play drive - that included a 23-yard scramble by Buechele - to the WVU15. But on third-and-5 from the WVU15, WVU S Kyzir White got a killshot sack of Shane Buechele, knocking the ball loose and recovering it at the WVU20 with 13:05 left to play.

After blocking Trent Domingue’s 37-yard FG attempt, WVU went on a 14-play TD drive in which the Mountaineers’ converted third-and-5, third-and-5 and third-and-9 (on a 23-yard post route to the Texas 3 on a catch by Shelton Gibson against Kris Boyd - and Gibson let Boyd hear about it).

WVU blocked Trent Domingue’s 37-yard FG attempt after an 11-play, 52-yard drive that took 3:35 off the clock - following P.J. Locke’s INT at the Texas28. (Looked like the block came through Alex Anderson’s gap, but I wasn’t quite sure.)

UT was just 3 of 10 on third down in the first half.

After West Virginia went up 17-3 early in the 2Q, Texas completed a few short passes and got the offense into a rhythm. But then Caleb Bluiett was flagged for holding, bringing up second-and-14 from the Texas42, and the Horns couldn’t overcome, punting two plays later with 11:41 left 2Q.

After a beautiful 46-yard punt by Michael Dickson to the WVU 15, Texas fifth-year senior leader LB Tim Cole was flagged for a 15-yard personal foul for ripping the helmet off of WVU LB Xavier Preston, moving WVU to its 30.

A great tackle by P.J. Locke, sniffing out a screen for a 1-yard loss when WVU was driving in Texas territory. But two plays later, WVU converted a third-and-11 with a 17-yard pass from Skyler Howard to Dakiel Shorts to the Texas13. Two plays later, Kennedy McKoy took it in for an 8-yard TD run and 10-3 lead with 2:27 left 1Q.

Malik Jefferson left the game late in the first quarter and appeared to be evaluated for a head injury.

D’Onta Foreman fumbled on UT’s first play of its second possession - with 7:03 left 1Q - and WVU recovered at the Texas17.

Shane Buechele had Collin Johnson open on a fade route in the end zone on Texas’ first drive of the game and underthrew him. Then, on third-and-8 from the 10, Buechele overthrew C Johnson in the back of the end zone, resulting in a FG.

UGLY

Charlie Strong said Tim Cole's father needed to be taken to ICU before the game and that the team was told of the situation before the game.

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