What a game! With 16 seconds left in the game WVU takes a 42 to 41 lead over Texas. This game wasn’t meant for the ‘faint of heart’ or for us ‘ole farts’ or those with heart conditions. When WVU went ahead for the final time, I was setting on my sofa in total awe, for I couldn’t believe what I had just witnessed.
This was the first time I have ever seen Coach Holgorsen smiling on the sideline. Holg was one happy camper after the game. WVU not only beat Texas this day, but they did so overcoming terrible calls by a Terrible Big 12 officiating crew. In the 1st qtr David Sills got penalized 15 yards for unsportsman like conduct for giving the bury the horns sign. Will Grier received the same penality after scoring the final 2 points to give WVU the win. The issue is there is nothing in the rule book against doing this. Then WVU tackle Yodney Cajuste gets kicked out of the game for a one hand shove which was in retallation for being pushed, and it wasn’t that much of a shove by Cajuste. Later Darius Stills was called for holding, but when they showed the replay of this Darius was the one being held by his left arm aTexas offensive lineman. The FoxSports analyst were going nuts over these horrible calls. Yet, there was no flag thrown against Texas for a Texas player throwing a forearm to the head of a WVU player.
According to the Big 12 taunting calls such as the “Horns Down” are at the discretion of the officials.
When WVU plays a Big 12 Conference Team, they not only have to beat the Team, but the Big 12 Officiating Crew to WIN the game. You talk about ‘no respect’ WVU isn’t respected by its own coference. We see this every week in Big 12 games. Too bad the Big 12 and its officiating crews can’t be sued for these bad calls. WVU fans need to complain to the Big 12, for all we want is a game that is officiated fairly, not a game where it appears the officials have been paid-off.
WVU nor Texas could tackle in this game. WVU QB Will Grier undoubtedly had his best game of the season, and put himself back in Heisman race. Grier’s pass to Gary Jennings with 23 seconds left to go in the game was a thing of beauty. Grier jumped in the air to throw this pass.
The big difference for WVU in this game compared to previous Big 12 games this season is that WVU was able to run the ball. Martell Pettaway had 9 carries for 121 yards. Kenny McCoy had 17 carries for 94 yards. WVU finished the game 33 carries for 232 yards. It has been a while since WVU has 200+ yards rushing in a game. WVU needs to continue to do this if they want to win the Big 12.
This was undoubtedly the best game I’ve seen from WVU’s offensive line, for they not only did a good job pass blocking, but they did a good job run blocking and opening holes for the RBs and blocking down field. Congratulations to WVU’s OL for playing one of their best games of the season.
For the WVU fans who wanted to see more passes to the TEs, I think you saw this against Texas. Javoni Haskins had 4 catches for 33 yards and Travon Wesco had 3 catches for 27 yards.
A big shout out needs to go to Kelby Wickline. Wickline replaced Yodney Cajuste after he got ejected from the game, and he did a hell of a job. Wickline got the block that allowed Will Grier to get into the endzone for the 2 point conversion.
WVU’s defense had a few opportunities for interceptions, but due to the grease or oil on their hands from eating Texas food when on the sideline they just couldn’t get a handle on it. The Texas receivers were wide open all game. Texas had 354 yards passing compared to WVU’s 346 passing yards. WVU did hold Texas to 166 yards rushing.
While this wasn’t a perfect game by WVU, it was definitely exciting. It was obvious the WVU players wanted this one for they never quit. Coach Holgorsen deserved to be hoisted up in the locker room after the game. He challenged the team and they came through.
CONGRATULATIONS to Coach Holgorsen, his coaching staff, and the players. You definitly earned this win. As a former underground coal miner, you represented the mind set of coal miners this day very well.