Senior day did not treat the Mountaineers all that great as the Mountaineers fell to the Texas Longhorns 28-14. West Virginia battled much of the game without starting quarterback Will Grier as he exited the game a little over halfway through the first quarter following a touchdown run that was overturned and ruled a touch back. Grier came up with his ring finger dislocated and completely bent. The grusome injury sucked a lot of energy out of the team and stadium. “I’d like to think we didn’t put our heads down when it happened, but anytime your leader goes out it is kind of hard not to.” said offensive lineman Colton McKivitz.
Following the Grier injury Texas put up a quick two scores and went up 14-0. The Longhorns drove down the field early in the 2nd half and were knocking on the door when true freshman Kenny Robinson snagged a pick six for 95 yards which is best for 5th longest in school history. The Longhorns went up 21-7 0n a rushing touchdown from Kyle Porter, the Mountaineers needed a response and they got it on a solid methodical drive from Chris Chugunov who found Ka’Raun White in the end zone for six to cut the lead to a one score game at 21-14. After the score West Virginia elected to go for the onside kick with 10 minutes left in the game and Texas recovered. The Mountaineer defense got a stop, but the Texas punter Michael Dickson pinned West Virginia inside the 5 and nothing amounted on that drive, which gave Texas great field position. Texas went on to score on that drive to put the nail in the coffin and win 28-14.
In the post game press conference head coach Dana Holgorsen spoke of his disappointment in the offense,”We are in a bad spot right now, we are playing with no confidence. Like I said last week we are not very efficient, our 3rd downs were terrible and we just couldn’t score. There’s a lot of things I’ve just overlooked for a while now and that has to change, I have to fix it.
Chris Chugunov – 14/26 189 1 TD
Justin Crawford – 15 car 64 yards
Gary Jennings – 10 rec 78 yards