West Virginia’s Pat Miller and Will Clarke sack Texas quarterback David Ash after an errant shotgun snap in the fourth quarter. (Photo by Dan Estel/All-Pro Photography)
Best place to legitimize a national title campaign: In a prime-time television slot, playing at a storied venue like Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, where the 101,851 fans marked the largest crowd in Texas history.
Worst time to call a defensive timeout: Texas dropped Geno Smith on fourth-and-4 from the Longhorns 40, but the sack was nullified by a timeout called from the UT sideline. Given a fourth-down do-over, Smith hit Austin for a 40-yard touchdown.
Best way to erase the sour taste of going 3-of-12 on third downs: By going 5-for-5 on fourth downs, which West Virginia did Saturday. In the previous four games, the Mountaineers had been 0-for-4 on fourth-down tries.
Worst stretch of plays by a big-time offense: WVU lost 23 yards in a span of six second-quarter plays, culminating in the sack-and-strip of Smith that was recovered for a Texas touchdown.
Best touchdown vulture: UT running back Joe Bergeron had three carries for 5 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. (He added a fourth TD from 4 yards out in the second half.)
Best streak (ongoing): Smith has now thrown 259 passes without an interception.
Best streak (snapped): Saturday’s win marked the first time the Mountaineers have beaten a top 15 team on the road since beating Boston College 17-14 in 1993.
Worst streak (ongoing): Texas has lost seven consecutive matchups against ranked teams.
Worst taunt that was illogical and didn’t affect the tauntee: When Texas fans chanted "Geno sucks!" on Saturday, Smith mockingly conducted the chant. Followng the game, he reflected on his four-touchdown performance and joked: "Where does that come from? Obviously, I don’t suck."
Best Heisman impersonation: Normally this would be Geno Smith’s domain, but Saturday night, it was Andrew Buie who ran like a worthy apprentice to Ricky Williams and Earl Campbell, whose statues rest in the DKR trophy room.
Worst blind spot: West Virginia’s pass defense seemingly refused to cover the wheel route on three occasions. David Ash exploited it for 46 yards to Daje Johnson on UT’s first series, and in the second quarter, he hit D.J. Grant (26 yards) and M.J. McFarland (24 yards) on back-to-back plays.
Worst time to be a West Virginia offensive lineman: When Alex Okafor is lined up opposite you in obvious passing situations. As Pat Eger learned on two instances, Okafor has a nose for getting to the quarterback and separating him from the football.
Best time to be a West Virginia offensive lineman: Leading 41-38 with 5:25 left, WVU embarked upon an eight-play, 76-yard drive that included seven Buie runs for 63 yards. "I didn’t have to say anything," Smith said. "My offensive line came to me and said, ‘We got you. This is over.’"