Ehlinger, late stops carry No. 22 Texas past West Virginia
Sam Ehlinger passed for two touchdowns and the Texas defense had two huge stops in the red zone in the fourth quarter as the 22nd-ranked Longhorns outlasted West Virginia 17-13 on Saturday afternoon in Austin, Texas, in Big 12 Conference action.
Texas (5-2, 4-2 in Big 12 play) got a career-high 113 rushing yards from freshman Bijan Robinson in the win, its third straight and first at home over West Virginia since 2014. Robinson also caught a 35-yard pass on the Longhorns’ final drive to allow Texas to run out the clock.
The Texas defense turned away the Mountaineers twice in the red zone on fourth-down and 1 in the fourth quarter, the second with 4:44 to play at the Texas 8-yard line.
Ehlinger was 15 of 31 for a season-low 184 yards, but that — and a running attack that amassed 179 yards on 36 carries — was enough to keep the Longhorns in the race for the Big 12 title.
Jarret Doege was 35 of 50 for the Mountaineers (4-3, 3-3) for 317 yards.
Texas struck first, marching 75 yards in seven plays to a 7-yard TD pass from Ehlinger to Brennan Eagles. The scoring drive was started with a 54-yard run by Robinson, the longest running play for the Longhorns this season.
The Mountaineers responded with a nine-play march of their own, moving 75 yards to a 12-yard TD run by Leddie Brown to tie the game.
Cameron Dicker’s 34-yard field goal on the first snap of the second quarter gave Texas a 10-7 lead. Dicker then missed from 48 yards out on the next-to-last play of the first half.
West Virginia pulled even on the opening drive of the third quarter, with Casey Legg hitting a 25-yard field goal on the 11th play of a 66-yard march.
But Ehlinger and the Longhorns answered via a 33-yard touchdown pass to Jake Smith to send Texas back in front at 17-10 midway through the third quarter.
The Mountaineers pulled back to within 17-13 on Legg’s 34-yard field goal with 22 seconds left in the third quarter.
–Field Level Media