It is November 3rd, 2018 in Austin, Texas and the Texas Longhorns have a 41-34 lead over the West Virginia Mountaineers with just under 3 minutes to go in the game. Will Grier and the Mountaineers drive down the field and with 16 seconds left in the game Grier found Gary Jennings Jr. wide open in the back of the end zone for a Mountaineer touchdown. Then WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen decided to go for the 2-point conversion and Will Grier scrambles to the end zone and puts the horns down as he crosses the goal line to give the ‘Eers a 42-41 win.
Fast Forward 11 months and we have another rematch in Morgantown. A lot has changed for the Mountaineers; Neal Brown as Head Coach, new coaching staff, new quarterbacks and wide receivers, and a new defensive scheme. It has not been a pretty start for the Mountaineers, but they have overcome some adversity for a 3-1 start and Saturday will be their first Big 12 Challenge.
The Longhorns average 497.8 yards per game, but give up 436.5 defensively and are without injured starting safety Caden Sterns and cornerbacks Jalen Green and Josh Thompson. Jr. WVU QB Austin Kendall and Fr. WR Sam James will look to take advantage of that and increase their 326 yards a game average. If the Mountaineers can exploit the Longhorns secondary then all they need to do is make plays defensively and that is one thing they do better than Texas at the moment. The Mountaineers give up an average of 374 yards a game and gain a huge addition to their defense this week as Alabama transfer linebacker VanDarius Cowan (Sophomore) makes his WVU debut. If he can disrupt potential Heisman Candidate Texas QB Sam Ehlinger and pressure him into making bad throws and not allow him to make big plays on the scramble then there will be Horns Down in Morgantown.
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