AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas rode a stout day of defense to its first upset of a ranked foe in the Charlie Strong era, beating No. 23 West Virginia 33-16 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Here's how it happened:
How the game was won: A first-half offensive outburst, led by its run game, made the difference for Texas. Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown combined for 191 rushing yards on the day. The Longhorn defense gave Clint Trickett fits and held WVU to 2-of-16 on third downs. West Virginia made it interesting late, but Gray's 15-yard TD run (his third of the day) with 3:06 left was the clincher.
Game ball goes to: Texas DE Cedric Reed. The senior defensive end has had a tough year with 1.5 sacks entering the day, but finally broke through against West Virginia: three sacks, one for a safety and another that forced a fumble, plus a dozen tackles.
What it means: West Virginia's third conference loss should dash its hopes of earning at least a share of the Big 12 title. It's a tough blow for Dana Holgorsen's squad, but a big boost for a Texas team that earned its first home victory over a top-25 team since 2008.
Playoff implication: Not much, though you'd think Baylor won't be pleased. The only team to defeat the rising Bears now has a 6-4 record. Might not hurt much now, but surely WVU's final record will be considered by the committee when comparing Baylor to other one-loss teams.
What's next: The Mountaineers get another chance for a big home upset with Kansas State coming to Morgantown on Nov. 20. The Longhorns, meanwhile, still have a shot at going bowling. They need to beat either Oklahoma State on the road or TCU on Thanksgiving to get their sixth win.