Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown combined for 191 yards and three touchdowns and the Texas defense held No. 24/25 West Virginia’s high-powered offense in check in a 33-16 win Saturday afternoon at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
Texas (5-5, 4-3 Big 12) used a strong rushing attack for the second consecutive week, piling up 227 yards after gaining 241 in a win over Texas Tech last week. Gray had 101 yards on just 10 carries while Brown accounted for 90 yards on 20 rushes.
Cedric Reed led a defensive effort that saw the Longhorns hold West Virginia (6-4, 4-3) to 16 points, well below its season average of 36.1. Reed was disruptive throughout, totaling 12 tackles, four for a loss and three sacks while forcing a fumble.
The Longhorns used a big second quarter to build on a 7-3 lead, outscoring the Mountaineers 17-0 with big plays on offense and by allowing just 49 yards defensively.
Texas took a 24-3 lead into halftime and a scoreless third quarter followed. With WVU inside the red zone midway through the quarter, Jordan Hicks made big tackles on third and fourth down to force a turnover on downs. On the Mountaineers’ next possession, Josh Lambert missed a 40-yard field goal.
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