Scores

Final

(8) West Virginia 48

(5-0, 2-0 Big 12)

(11) Texas 45

(4-1, 1-1 Big 12)

Coverage: FOX

7:00 PM ET, October 6, 2012

Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX

1 2 3 4 T
#8WVU 14 13 7 1448
#11TEX 7 21 10 745

Top Performers

Passing: G. Smith (SYR) - 268 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: A. Buie (WVU) - 31 CAR, 207 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: S. Bailey (WVU) - 8 REC, 75 YDS, 3 TD

Geno Smith tosses 4 more TDs as WVU tops Texas in shootout

Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- Geno Smith and No. 8 West Virginia turned their first trip to Texas into a rollicking Wild West drama.

And now, two games into playing in a new conference, the Mountaineers look every bit like one of the teams to beat in the Big 12.

Smith passed for four touchdowns, Andrew Buie ran for 207 yards and two touchdowns and West Virginia came away with another wild victory, this time taking down the 11th-ranked Longhorns 48-45 on Saturday night.

A week after West Virginia ran up 70 points on Baylor at home, the Mountaineers turned their first road game in their new league into another high-scoring, heart-pounding affair.

"Every week, we're going to go out and have fun," Smith said after he and his teammates celebrated the win with several thousand West Virginia fans tucked into a corner of Royal-Memorial Stadium.

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen called the win "pretty cool."

Smith, who has 24 touchdown passes this season without an interception, hit Stedman Bailey with a 6-yard score with 10:50 left to play. Buie's second touchdown gave the Mountaineers a 10-point lead late with 1:18 left.

But West Virginia (5-0, 2-0) didn't seal the win until recovering an onside kick with 14 seconds left after Texas scored a touchdown on a pass from David Ash to Marquise Goodwin.

Joe Bergeron scored four touchdowns, all on short runs, for Texas (4-1, 1-1), which is 2-7 at home in conference games since 2010. Texas has lost seven in a row to ranked opponents.

Smith was 25-of-35 passing for 268 yards in a game he had to be sharp. Texas' aggressive defense hit him early and often and forced a second quarter fumble that the Longhorns recovered for a touchdown.

"They put me under duress a bit," Smith said. "I just get up and continue to play."

Smith continues to make all the big throws when the Mountaineers need it, and he had to in a game where every possession was critical. West Virginia went 5 for 5 on fourth downs.

"There weren't a lot of times when we weren't draped all over the guy when he was trying to throw," Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said. "You have to give him a lot of credit, his receivers a lot of credit."

Buie was just as important to West Virginia's ability to carve up the Texas defense. He averaged 6.7 yards against a Longhorns unit that pressured Smith but has struggled with tackling all season.

"We just lined up and ran it right at them," Holgorsen said.

The fumble recovery for a touchdown sparked a first-half rally that brought Texas back from a 21-7 deficit to a 28-27 halftime lead. The Longhorns forced another fumble by Smith in the fourth. But Texas couldn't capitalize when an errant snap sailed past Ash, leading to a 16-yard loss before Anthony Fera missed a 41-yard field goal attempt that would have tied the score at 41-41.

"That really hurt us," Texas coach Mack Brown said.

Fera, who transferred from Penn State, missed the first four games with a groin injury

Ash, the No. 2-rated passer in the nation behind Smith, was 22 of 29 for 269 yards and one touchdown. He took the blame for miscue on the snap.

"That was my fault. I let the play clock bleed down too low. I should have caught it," Ash said.

Bergeron scored on runs of 2, 2, 1 and 4 yards. His last score gave Texas a 38-34 lead with 29 seconds left in the third quarter before Smith and Buie marched the Mountaineers right back down the field.

Smith threw touchdown passes of 8 yards to Bailey and 40 yards to Tavon Austin in the first quarter and West Virginia led 21-7 after Buie's first touchdown run.

Texas turned momentum and awoke the record home crowd of 101,851 when Alex Okafor sacked Smith and Jackson Jeffcoat recovered in the end zone to the tie the game. Bergeron's third touchdown of the first half put Texas ahead 28-27 at halftime.

Texas chewed up nine minutes on its first drive of the third quarter, moving to a 38-yard field goal by Fera. But Smith simply worked faster and West Virginia's drives resulted in touchdowns.

Smith's second touchdown pass to Bailey put the Mountaineers up 34-31 and the teams traded the lead two more times before it was all over.

"We knew it was going to be a dogfight," Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro said. "It's frustrating and we left a lot on the table."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WVU
TEX
1st Downs2621
Total Yards460404
Passing268269
Rushing192135
Penalties5-474-35
3rd Down Conversions3-128-14
4th Down Conversions5-51-3
Turnovers21
Possession29:5030:10

Passing Leaders

West VirginiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith25/352687.740
TexasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ash22/292699.310

Rushing Leaders

West VirginiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Buie312076.7230
Garrison3134.307
TexasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gray14876.2049
Bergeron17452.6412

Receiving Leaders

West VirginiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Austin1010210.2140
Bailey8759.4316
TexasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hills66711.2020
Shipley55811.6023

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWVUTEX
TD12:53Stedman Bailey 8 Yd Pass From Geno Smith (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 70
TD09:22Joe Bergeron 2 Yd Run (Anthony Fera Kick) 77
TD01:55Tavon Austin 40 Yd Pass From Geno Smith (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 147
SECOND QUARTERWVUTEX
TD12:22Andrew Buie 4 Yd Run (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 217
TD08:45Joe Bergeron 2 Yd Run (Anthony Fera Kick) 2114
TD07:37Jackson Jeffcoat 0 Yd Fumble Return (Anthony Fera Kick) 2121
FG04:51Tyler Bitancurt 37 Yd 2421
TD01:14Joe Bergeron 1 Yd Run (Anthony Fera Kick) 2428
FG00:00Tyler Bitancurt 41 Yd 2728
THIRD QUARTERWVUTEX
FG07:35Anthony Fera 38 Yd 2731
TD04:32Stedman Bailey 9 Yd Pass From Geno Smith (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 3431
TD00:29Joe Bergeron 4 Yd Run (Anthony Fera Kick) 3438
FOURTH QUARTERWVUTEX
TD10:50Stedman Bailey 6 Yd Pass From Geno Smith (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 4138
TD01:18Andrew Buie 5 Yd Run (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 4838
TD00:15Marquise Goodwin 8 Yd Pass From David Ash (Anthony Fera Kick) 4845