MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (KXAN) — A late Casey Thompson interception sent Texas to its sixth-straight loss of the season. The Longhorns have been eliminated from bowl contention after a 31-23 loss to West Virginia.
Texas will miss a bowl game for only the fourth time since 1998 — Mack Brown’s first season at UT.
The Longhorns had a chance to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, trailing West Virginia 31-23. Thompson threw an interception on fourth down at the West Virginia 30-yard line.
Texas coach Steve Sarkisian switched his quarterbacks at halftime, putting Card in after Thompson went 4-of-12 for 29 yards in the first half. Card found his stride throwing for 123 yards and a touchdown pass to give the Longhorns offense life.
West Virginia’s offense ripped up the Longhorns defense that spent nearly 40 minutes on the field. Leddie Brown rushed for 158 yards. Jarret Doege threw for 290 yards with three touchdowns.
Texas will finish the season at home against Kansas State Friday at 11 a.m.
Follow along for news and notes from the Longhorns’ game against West Virginia in this live blog.
Texas vs. West Virginia live blog
INJURY, INTERCEPTION: The Longhorns were building a potential, game-tying touchdown drive when Card was injured on a disastrous second-down play. Card, Keilan Robinson and offensive lineman Junior Angilau all went down with injuries.
Casey Thompson comes in and on fourth down throws an interception near the goal line.
Texas appears headed for its sixth straight loss.
SOMEWHAT STOP: The Longhorns defense at least limited West Virginia to a field goal after a UT touchdown.
It remains a one-score game with seven minutes left.
SCORE: West Virginia leads 31-23
OFFENSE WORKING: Texas is finding room to move the ball with Hudson Card in the game. Roschon Johnson runs for six yards and the touchdown to get within striking distance.
The Longhorns can’t convert on the two-point conversion, so it’s 28-23 in the fourth quarter. Card was 4-4 for 31 passing yards. Keilan Robinson and Johnson combined for 41 yards on the drive.
SCORE: West Virginia leads 28-23
ANSWER: Jarret Doege hits Sean Ryan for the 7-yard touchdown to push the lead back to two scores.
Another third down defensive collapse for the Longhorns defense. West Virginia is 10-of-15 on third down.
SCORE: West Virginia leads 28-17
DIME: Hudson Card hits Xavier Worthy in stride for a 52-yard touchdown. Perfect pass from Card on the deep ball.
It’s Worthy’s 12th touchdown of the season.
SCORE: West Virginia leads 21-17
QB SWITCH: Hudson Card replaces Casey Thompson on the first drive of the third quarter as Texas tries to claw back into the game.
Thompson struggled, going 4-of-12 for 29 yards in the first half. Card gained five yards on the ground and threw an incompletion.
Keilan Robinson picked up 15 yards rushing on the first two plays of the drive.
HALFTIME NOTES: Texas is trailing at the half for the third time this season.
West Virginia is outgaining Texas 301-135 in the first half. Doege has been great for the Mountaineers with 238 passing yards.
The Longhorns have put their defense in a really difficult spot with time of possession. West Virginia has 21 minutes out of 30 in the first half.
FG GOOD: Cameron Dicker connects on a 50-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 21-10. That’s the longest made field goal of the season for Dicker.
SCORE: West Virginia leads 21-10
SHREDDED: The Longhorns defense is gassed, having played 20 minutes in the first half. West Virginia compiles another long touchdown drive.
Twelve plays, 82 yards for the touchdown. Leddie Brown skates into the end zone for a two-yard score.
SCORE: West Virginia leads 21-10
ON THE BOARD: The Longhorns offensive line begins to get some push and good things happen.
Keilan Robinson gets some touches and busts out a 49-yard touchdown to put Texas on the board. This is Robinson’s third touchdown of the season.
Before the drive, Texas had 13 yards of offense. The Longhorns picked up 79 on that touchdown drive.
SCORE: West Virginia leads 14-7
FIRST DOWN: Mark this down. The Texas offense picks up its first first down of the game with 10:30 left in the second quarter.
TOUCHDOWN: Jarret Doege finds Winston Wright Jr. in the corner of the end zone for the Mountaineers’ second touchdown of the day.
West Virginia converted on three third downs during the series. In a similar tone, the Longhorns defense is spending far too much time on the field. West Virginia leads time of possession 12:30 to 4:43.
SCORE: West Virginia leads 14-0
THIRD DOWN: Texas’ defense can’t get off the field on third down. The Mountaineers are 5-of-7 on third down early in the game.
West Virginia’s average distance to go on third down is 9.1 yards.
DROPS AND MISTAKES: The Longhorns offense has 11 yards of offense on three drives and nine plays. Three three-and-outs for Sarkisian’s offense.
Texas’ receivers haven’t been helping. Xavier Worthy and Marcus Washington have each dropped very catchable balls to stop Longhorns drives.
QB SACK: The Texas offense goes three-and-out, doing no favors for its struggling defense. West Virginia started its next series at its own 42-yard line.
Transfer linebacker Ben Davis halts the Mountaineers drive with a sack on West Virginia’s second consecutive trick play. Mountaineers punt back to the Longhorns.
MORE OF THE SAME: The Longhorns defense allows West Virginia to methodically move down the field on a nine-play drive for the touchdown.
Jarret Doege finds the slot man Sam James across the middle, breaking through the Texas zone for the score. It was third-and-6.
SCORE: West Virginia leads 7-0
INJURY NOTES: UT linebacker DeMarvion Overshown was initially ruled out for the game, but Texas Athletics announced just minutes into the game that Overshown would be available.
Cornerback D’Shawn Jamison left the game during West Virginia’s series with an injury.
PREGAME: Texas won the coin toss and deferred the option to the second half. West Virginia will start on offense.