West Virginia racks up 38 points, 257 Ground Yards In Key Win

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia ran through Texas on the way to a 38-20 win. Here's a look at the Mountaineer running game, and what went so right in the backfield.

Back Wendell Smallwood, above, details his 165-yard performance, and what he saw froma Texas defense that played more zone than they had shown earlier in the year. He also notes how he could have amssed far more yardage if not for a couple shoestring tackles, and gives his thoughts on why, has head coach Dana Holgorsen noted, he struggles at tims with finishing runs and scoring. Smallwood's 100-plus yard game marks the sixth time in seven games he has gone over the century mark as West Virginia's most dependable weapon.

Next, quarterback Skyler Howard dissects the UT defense, what he saw on some run reads, and his thoughts in the win that put the Mountaineers back over .500. Howard, who completed 10 of 112 passes for 122 yards, two sscores and an interception, also speaks to his corner throw to Daikiel Shorts for a 28-17 edge late in the third quarter. That came on the backs of a late first quarter throw that hit Jovon Durante in stride for an imperative 53-yard touchdown before the half. Howard also talks about his childhood love of the Longhorns, and how, when he saw them across the field, it became nothing more than business.

And finally Shorts, below, delves into the scoring catch, and how Texas was playing the back end. Of Howard's 10 completions, Shorts caught a game-best four for 33 yards, and showed himself capable of challenging both in the red zone and in a key third down situation in which he found a soft spot in the zone and sat down in it for the completion. Shorrts also speaks to how much the game meant to the handful of Texas-based WVU players, and how proud they were to gain a win that could set them up for a late season run.


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