The stats tell the whole story. West Virginia and Texas combined for 1,158 total yards, 11 touchdowns, three turnovers, two missed field goals, a blocked punt, and eight 4th down attempts. What else could you ask for when two undefeated Big 12 teams square off? In the end it was the combined offensive effort from Andrew Bui and Geno Smith that gave West Virginia a 48-45 victory.
Here's the good, the bad, and the ugly of a game that saw as much spectacular as it did despicable.
The Good: West Virginia running back, Andrew Buie, managed to gain more yards than Geno Smith.
It Looks like Dana Holgorsen decided to switch his game plan up and let his run game do some talking. Buie managed 207 yards and 2 touchdowns on 31 carries despite a blitzing Longhorn defense. Buie's field vision and game play was far more impressive than his stats though. He didn't get all his yards from big plays, instead Buie hit his holes running, he made defenders miss, and most importantly and ran vertically. Buie finished the game averaging 6.7 yards per carry.
In addition to his running game, Buie accounted for 66 yards receiving on 3 catches. Buie finished the game with 273 total yards on 34 touches and accumulated nearly half of his season stats against the Longhorn defense.
The Bad: Special Teams play on both sides of the ball.
Combined, Texas and West Virginia gave up 291 yards on Kickoff returns. Tavon Austin gained 108 yards on his first two kickoff returns because Texas was making fundamental mistakes.
Texas did a poor job of staying in their lanes and they missed tackles, a problem that has plagued this team from day 1. West Virginia's tackling didn't look to hot on special teams either, giving up 104 yards on 3 returns to former Olympian Marquise Goodwin.
On the offensive side of the ball special teams looked just as sloppy. Texas kicker, Anthony Fera, missed a 41 yard field goal late in the 4th quarter, Texas blocked a field goal early in the game, and blocked a punt on the following West Virginia possession.
The Ugly: Texas allowed 5 4th down conversions.
4th and short in the red zone or 4th and long and out of field goal range. It didn't seem to matter to Geno Smith as he converted on all 5 of his 4th down attempts. Texas actually sacked Geno Smith on one of his attempts but Texas shot themselves in the foot by calling a timeout just before the ball was snapped. Call it blown opportunities by Texas or clutch plays by the West Virginia offense, but one stop on 4th down could have made all the difference in the game.