October 6, 1956-- this was the last and only time these teams have met. The game was played in Austin, TX in front of 30,000 people and West Virginia won by a score of 7-6 and finished the game with 46 yards passing. There might be a statistic or two that suggests this year’s game will be slightly different.
Prediction 1. Texas will win the game by controlling the red zone.
Diaz’s game plan this week is simple: “Don't give up long touchdowns, play great defense in the red zone, don't worry about surrendering yards.” Last week, Oklahoma State visited the red zone five times and only came away with two touchdowns while Texas had four touchdowns in four trips. The Texas defense looks shaky this season but they’re solid in the red zone.
Prediction 2. Geno Smith will not be stopped.
Despite my prediction for Texas to win, you can count on another outstanding performance by the Heisman front-runner. Smith has picked apart every defense he’s faced this year and has thrown for at least 300 yards and 3 touchdowns in every game. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Geno Smith gain another 100 on the ground if the Texas defense starts dropping too many guys in coverage.
Prediction 3. Texas is going to run, run, and run some more.
Texas' plans to slow down Geno Smith by killing clock and keeping the ball out of his hands. Texas already averages 228 yards rushing and shouldn’t have any trouble against a struggling West Virginia Defense.
The Horns suffered a loss when running back, Malcolm Brown, came out of the game with a shoulder injury last week against Oklahoma State. Brown is one of the starting running backs in Texas’ dual back offense, so they’re going to rely on Joe Bergeron and freshman Johnathan Gray to get the job done this week.