West Virginia may need defense at some point

Associated Press Modified: October 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm •  Published: October 7, 2012
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In the fourth quarter, West Virginia forced a turnover on downs near midfield and didn't surrender any points after Smith lost his second fumble. Trailing 41-38 Texas had the ball on the Mountaineers' 12 with just over seven minutes to play.

Texas gained only four yards on two plays, then lost 16 yards when a shotgun snap sailed past quarterback David Ash as he turned his head to look at the play clock. Texas kicker Anthony Fera then missed a 41-yard field goal, another miscue that proved critical at the end.

"That was the difference in the game because momentum shifted. Defense just had to buckle up and stand up," linebacker Isaiah Bruce said.

While that mistake was self-inflicted by Texas, the Mountaineers took it as a break that went their way.

"It was a tremendous team victory. Defense came up with some big stops in key situations," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. "I thought they showed a lot of improvement."

Texas left feeling as if it let one get away when that ball sailed past Ash and kept bouncing backward on the turf.

"When we had our opportunity to go ahead and didn't, that really hurt us," Texas coach Mack Brown said "You've got to give (West Virginia) credit. They made the critical plays."