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November 10, 2013

Texas beats West Virginia 47-40 in overtime

Longhorns seal it on end zone interception

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Mack Brown has been through a lot in 16 seasons as head coach at Texas — but never overtime.
Case McCoy threw a 2-yard touchdown pass in overtime and Texas linebacker Steve Edmond then intercepted West Virginia’s Paul Millard in the end zone on fourth down to give the Longhorns a 47-40 win over the Mountaineers on Saturday night.
Texas (7-2, 6-0 Big 12) maintained sole possession of first place in the conference, just ahead of No. 5 Baylor.
“I don’t know what other people’s nerves were. Mine were fine,” McCoy said. “To be undefeated in conference is right where we want to be. This team is building confidence in each other.”
Charles Sims ran for 96 yards and three touchdowns for West Virginia (4-6, 2-5). The Mountaineers must now win both of their remaining games at Kansas and at home against Iowa State to become bowl eligible.
It marked the second-straight shootout involving the teams. West Virginia won last year 48-45 in Austin, Texas.
It was only the second overtime game in Texas’ storied history, and the first under Brown.
“We were very fortunate and came up big,” Brown said. “I’ve never been in an overtime fight like this. It was special. This was big time. It was great.” 
West Virginia went to overtime for the second straight game, beating TCU 30-27 last week.
But the Mountaineers couldn’t hold onto a 10-point lead in the second half this time.
“We just weren’t able to make the plays when it counts, which is tough to take,” said West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen.
McCoy finished 27 of 49 for a season-high 283 yards. He threw three TD passes after halftime, including the short toss to fullback Alex De La Torre on the Longhorns’ overtime possession. It was the sophomore’s first catch of the season.

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