AUSTIN (KXAN) — With just 16 seconds left after throwing a 33-yard touchdown, West Virginia quarterback Will Grier converted a two-point conversion with a run to the pylon to lock up a 42-41 win for the Mountaineers over the Longhorns.
The loss, Texas’ second in a row, knocks UT out of first place in the Big 12 and delivers a huge blow to its Big 12 title hopes.
The game started out as a shoot out, with both teams combining for 55 points in the first half. After a relatively quiet third quarter, it ended in a flurry, with 25 total points in the fourth quarter.
With the game tied at 34, Ehlinger put Texas back on top with a 48-yard touchdown to Devin Duvernay. But Texas scored too fast, leaving 2:34 on the clock, and WVU took advantage.
Grier, a Heisman favorite, hit Gary Jennings for the final touchdown of the game before scoring the two-point conversion to bring the game to its final score. He threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns.
Ehlinger finished with 356 yards passing and three touchdowns on 24-of-35 passing. He also ran for another score.
The Texas defense shut out West Virginia in the third quarter. In fact, the only scoring for either team came from Cameron Dicker who kicked a 22-yard field goal. He stretched UT’s lead to 34-27 with a 38-yarder in the fourth quarter before the Mountaineers tied it up on a 13-yard Martell Pettaway run to make it 34-34.
The two teams traded scores in the first half. At one point, they combined for seven straight touchdowns, with Texas having a 28-27 lead at the half.
WVU scored first on 45-yard field goal. Texas answered with a one-yard Ehlinger run to go up, 7-3. They traded punts on their next two possessions, and then the flood gates opened.
Grier hit David Sills IV on a 60-yard touchdown to regain the lead. Then Ehlinger hit Lil’Jordan Humphrey for a 21-yard score to go back on top.
There were seven lead changes in the first half alone and 10 total for the game.
Sills, who finished with 97 yards on six catches, scored his second touchdown of the game at the start of the second quarter on an 18-yard pass from Grier to make it, 17-14.
Tre Watson punched it in from five yards out for his only touchdown of the game. He ran for 80 yards and added another touchdown on 35 yards receiving.
Martell Pettaway led all backs with 121 yards rushing on nine carries. His first touchdown came on a 55-yard run to take 24-21 lead.
Texas regained its lead on a 32-yard pass from Ehlinger to Watson.
The Longhorns will try to snap their two-game losing streak, which comes on the heels of their six-game winning streak, next week with a road trip to Lubbock for a showdown with Texas Tech.