Texas turnovers spark West Virginia's second-straight win

Howard's big day fuels West Virginia's rout of Texas (0:51)

Skyler Howard throws two touchdown passes and runs for another score in the Mountaineers' 38-20 win over Texas. (0:51)

West Virginia defeated Texas, 38-20, at Milan Puskar Stadium on Saturday.

Here's how it happened.

How the game was won: Time and time again, West Virginia took the ball away from Texas. The Mountaineers forced four fumbles (three lost) and grabbed a pair of interceptions, resulting in 24 Mountaineers' points off five Texas turnovers. The Mountaineers won the turnover battle, 5-1, helping coach Dana Holgorsen secure his first-ever win against Texas coach Charlie Strong. The win gives West Virginia its second-straight Big 12 victory after starting conference play 0-4.

Player of the game: West Virginia linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski was outstanding in the win. The senior, who has started 33 games, had nine tackles (seven solo) including one tackle for loss, one forced fumble and a key fourth-quarter interception as he filled the passing lane then jumped up to snag a Jerrod Heard pass which helped cement the win.

What the win means for West Virginia: The Mountaineers didn't let a scary October -- which included losses to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor and TCU -- define them. Holgorsen's squad responded with wins against Texas Tech and Texas, reigniting their bowl hopes. West Virginia (5-4 overall, 2-4 in Big 12) needs one win to reach six victories and become bowl-bound. West Virginia visits Kansas next Saturday before playing Iowa State and Kansas State in its final two games.

What the loss means for Texas: Bowl eligibility just became that much tougher and doubts surrounding the direction of the program will continue to grow. The Longhorns (4-6, 3-4) must beat Texas Tech and Baylor to get to six wins in Strong's second season in charge. After a bye week, Texas will return to the field on Thanksgiving when the Longhorns host Texas Tech.