Mountaineers made the wrong moves at the wrong times

Clint Trickett prefers to put interceptions behind him as fast as possible during a game, but Saturday saw one of the rare and nearly fruitful exceptions.

“The kid completely jumped the route and made a hell of a play,” the West Virginia quarterback said.

The Mountaineers were holding on late in the first half and caught a break when the Longhorns finally did something wrong and missed a 46-yard field goal. Trickett led the offense onto the field to start at its 28-yard line with 2:18 remaining in the first half. He took the snap and quickly threw to the right to Kevin White, who’d already caught six passes — as many as he had the previous two games.

Cornerback Quandre Diggs read Trickett the whole time and stepped in front of White to pick off the pass at the 36.

“He put all his eggs in one basket,” Trickett said.

WVU’s defense forced a field goal and the Mountaineers trailed 24-3 at halftime. They spoke in the locker room about what they’d done wrong and what they’d have to do right, and both conversations involved that quick throw Diggs caught instead of White.

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