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Gameday WVU vs. Texas: November 20

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – It’s the last WVU Football game day in Morgantown, and there’s a lot on the line for both the 4-6 West Virginia Mountaineers and 4-6 Texas Longhorns.

First season head coach Steve Sarkisian’s Longhorn group is on a five-game losing streak, a rarity for this program, and enters Milan Puskar Stadium desperately seeking a fifth win to get once step closer to bowl eligibility. Junior quarterback Casey Thompson will start for the Longhorns today; he’s been 144-of-224 for 1,914 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also has 148 yards rushing for four touchdowns, so the Mountaineer defense will need to prepare for a nimble-footed QB option.

WVU’s QB1, redshirt senior Jarret Doege, is almost entirely a passing quarterback, having amassed 2,448 yards and 13 touchdowns from 211 completions and 322 attempts. He’s been picked off 10 times, and a Texas defense that has seven interceptions and a return game of 91 yards is a threat to today’s WVU pass game.

Texas has more wins in Morgantown in this series than West Virginia does, at 3-1, and with the Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners leaving for the SEC in 2025, this is one of the final games played at Milan Puskar Stadium between these two conference foes. This series has been anything but a walk in the park; today’s match-up will prove whether an injured Texas team, currently treading water on a five-game losing streak, can continue to prove superior.

Sarkisian, Thompson, and the Longhorn team will be without starting running back Bijan Robinson, who dislocated his elbow in Texas’ overtime 57-56 loss to Kansas last week. He amounts to 30 percent of the team’s scores and leaves a gaping hole in the offensive presence that UT will bring to Morgantown today. They are also missing cornerback Josh Thompson, who will be out the remainder of the season with a fractured fibula.

Sarkisian and WVU head coach Neal Brown will clash for the first time today at 12 p.m. at Milan Puskar Stadium. It’s Senior Day and the 2012 Orange Bowl team will be honored at halftime. Stick with WVSportsNow.com for all your pregame updates ahead of the noon game on ESPN2.

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