West Virginia 42, Texas 41
What Happened: Down seven, Will Grier connected with Gary Jennings for a 33-yard touchdown with 16 seconds to play. Instead of tying it up and going for overtime, the Mountaineers went for two, and after a quick Texas timeout nullifying the apparent first successful attempt, Grier ran it in to cap off a crazy shootout with close to 1,100 yards of total offense between the two teams.
Neither team was up by more than two scores all game long as the two traded major shots all game long. Grier hooked up with Davis Sills for two first half touchdown passes, and Texas got three Sam Ehlinger touchdown passes and two second quarter Tre Watson scoring runs.
What Mattered: Grier completed 28-of-42 passes for 346 yards and three scores with the two point conversion. Martell Pettaway ran nine times for 121 yards and two scores, and Kennedy McKoy ran 17 times for 94 yards.
– Ehlinger was terrific, completing 25-of-36 passes for 354 yards and three scores, and ran 11 times for 52 yards and a score. Lil’Jordan Humphrey (143 yards) and Devin Duvernay (100) each hit the 100-yard receiving mark.
– West Virginia outgained Texas 578 yards to 520, but it was also penalized 14 times for 120 yards – Texas was flagged seven times for 64 yards.
What It All Means: And now, West Virginia’s Big 12 title hopes and College Football Playoff dreams are still alive. It closes out with TCU, at Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. Win those three, and it’s all still on the table. Lose once, and Iowa State is still alive in this.
– Texas is already bowl eligible, and it’s still alive in the Big 12 title chase, but it some help after back-to-back conference losses. It needs Oklahoma to lose once more, and … first, it has to win out. Beat Texas Tech at Texas Tech, Iowa State, and at Kansas, and it’s still alive.
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