And once again that's all West Virginia and its offense needed.
It was just silly how successful West Virginia was on fourth down, going 5-for-5 after having not converted a single one of four tries in the first four games.
The Mountaineers came into the game leading the nation in third-down conversions but made just three of 12. But it didn't matter because the fourth downs pushed that to an eight-of-12 success rate.
And every one of them led to a touchdown. Two came on the drive that gave WVU a 14-7 lead, including a 2-yard run by Buie from an I-formation with Smith under center - Don Nehlen football. The second came when Texas sacked Smith, but the play was wiped out because the UT coaches had called timeout on the sideline. Tavon Austin turned a short pass into a 40-yard TD on the do-over.
Smith later completed an 11-yard pass to Austin on the drive that made it 21-7, then in the second half converted two more fourths on the drive that made it 41-38 and gave WVU the lead for good. They came on another 11-yard pass to Austin on fourth-and-6 and a quick-to-the-line Smith sneak that went for 12 yards on fourth-and-short.
BRIEFLY: Tyler Bitancurt now probably holds the all-time record for kicks blocked (his own) at West Virginia. He had his seventh field goal blocked against Texas, then punted for the first time in his career and had it partially blocked.
Hard to fault him, though, after he made two field goals that proved to be the difference in a three-point win. Highly-touted Anthony Fera of Texas can't say the same.
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