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Texas can't stop W.Va.'s Smith in 48-45 loss

Associated Press Modified: October 6, 2012 at 11:47 pm •  Published: October 6, 2012
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The No. 11 Texas Longhorns came in determined to knock Geno Smith around and force West Virginia to run the ball.

They did both and still lost.

Texas sacked Smith four times, forced two fumbles and even recovered one for a touchdown.

But it wasn't enough to stop the Mountaineers' quarterback from carving up the Longhorns' defense for 268 yards and four touchdowns in a rollicking 48-45 West Virginia win Saturday night.

Andrew Buie rushed for 207 yards and two touchdowns for No. 8 West Virginia (5-0, 2-0 Big 12)

"You look over the course of the game, we got what we wanted," Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said. "We turned them into a running team."

Smith's third touchdown pass to Stedman Bailey with 10:50 to play put West Virginia ahead and Buie's second touchdown in the final two minutes gave the Mountaineers a 10-point lead.

West Virginia didn't seal the victory until the Mountaineers recovered an onside kick after Texas (4-1, 1-1) quarterback David Ash passed to Marquise Goodwin for the last touchdown.

"We knew it was going to be a dogfight," Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro said. "It is frustrating and we left a lot on the table."

Joe Bergeron scored four touchdowns, all on short runs, for Texas which is 2-7 at home in conference games the since 2010 and has lost seven in a row to ranked teams.

Smith was 25-of-35 passing for 268 yards in a game he had to be sharp. Texas' aggressive defense hit him early and often and forced a second quarter fumble that the Longhorns recovered for a touchdown.

But just as he did when West Virginia ran up 70 points on Baylor a week earlier, Smith made all the big throws when the Mountaineers needed them in a game where every possession was key.

West Virginia went 5 for 5 on fourth downs. Smith has 24 touchdown passes this season without an interception.

Buie was just as important to West Virginia's ability to handle the Texas defense. He averaged 6.7 yards.

"We were very surprised because they didn't run the ball much coming into the game. We got gassed on a couple of runs," Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat said.

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