"You look at what [Smith] did," Diaz said. "There weren't a lot of times we weren't draped all over the guy as he was trying to throw to. You have to give him a lot of credit and his receivers a lot of credit. When the play was there to be made, they made it."
Longhorns quarterback David Ash said he and his team battled to the end.
"The whole game I thought we were going to win," Ash said. "We just came up a bit short. We had opportunities and I was proud of the way this [Texas] team battled."
Brown thanked the crowd of 101,624, the largest to ever see a WVU game. Junior Longhorn guard Mason Walters called it "electric, unlike any I have ever played in before." Yet WVU proved victorious.
"We played a really good team," said Texas senior running back Jeremy Hills. "It was a really, really good West Virginia team. Geno Smith is everything we heard."
"They beat us," said Texas junior cornerback Carrington Byndom. "That's what it all it comes down to. It is never just one play. We knew it was going to be a fight between both teams and [the Mountaineers] just ended up making more plays than we did. It showed on the results."
West Virginia now leads the series with Texas 2-0. The Mountaineers also won by 7-6 in Austin in 1956.