AUSTIN, Texas - As the largest crowd to ever fill Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium filed out late Saturday night, Longhorns fans shook their heads.
They weren't alone. University of Texas players and coaches did as well.
But many of the latter also nodded their heads as well, congratulating West Virginia for its 48-45 victory.
"I want to congratulate West Virginia," said Texas coach Mack Brown. "They've got a really good football team. We knew it would come down to whom made the most critical plays. And you've got to give them credit. They made the critical plays.
"We got them in trouble on third downs; they were 3-of-12. But [WVU quarterback Geno Smith] made 5-of-5 fourth-down plays. Two of them were touchdowns."
He called Smith, WVU's Heisman Trophy frontrunner, "unbelievable" in the end. He called Mountaineer receiver Tavon Austin "one of the best players I have ever seen."
"[Austin] affects the game every time he touches the ball. He's a guy we tried to stop, slow down, keep [the ball] out of his hands. And they have a great game plan to get it into his hands."
Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was also effusive in his praise.