All have to be believers now. Texas coach Mack Brown certainly is a believer.
"They have a really good football team," Brown said. "They made the critical plays."
Specifically those fourth-down plays.
And give Holgorsen credit. Forget that Tri-State deal. On Saturday, he proved to be a gambler. A rare one: a winning gambler.
Holgorsen gambled early. In the first quarter, with a fourth-and-2 situation at the Texas 48, the Mountaineer coach went to Buie. From an I-formation, the 5-9, 187-pound sophomore picked up the first down. A few plays later, Smith was sacked by UT's Malcom Brown on another fourth-down try. But, oops, Brown had called a timeout prior. Holgorsen went for it again - and Austin took a pass from Smith on a crossing pattern and dashed 40 yards for a score.
WVU wasn't finished with the fourth-down drama.
In the second quarter, on fourth-and-10, Smith rolled right and hit Austin for an 11-yard gain. It led to a 21-7 Mountaineer lead.
Texas tried. Brown went to Joe Bergeron for a first on fourth-and-1. Made it. But the Longhorns failed twice. Once it seemed the UT coach got caught up in the fourth-down fervor, going for it on fourth-and-13 on the WVU 39. The hosts failed.
Again, the Mountaineers were 5 of 5 on fourth downs. Heading into the game, they were 0 of 4.
The Mountaineers, before that large crowd, the largest the program has ever faced, made a statement. In fact, a few.
Geno Smith is, indeed, the leading Heisman Trophy contender. With Vince Young in the house, he looked every bit as good as the former Longhorn, every bit as gritty. Smith has now thrown 259 straight passes without a pick.
The Mountaineers are a serious Big 12 contender. If they can win at DKR, they can win anywhere. If they can shred the UT defense, considered one of the nation's best before the season, they can shred any defense.
And, yes, they proved to be a serious national championship contender.
Saturday night, West Virginia made the defense of Texas toast. It proved it could play in any arena.
Catch 'em if you can.
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