College Football
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Texas at West Virginia
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 9, 2013
Where: Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, West Virginia


Texas has won five straight and starts a tough end-of-season stretch with a trip to West Virginia on Saturday. The Longhorns have climbed to the top of the Big 12 Conference but close the season with three ranked opponents. The Mountaineers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 30-27 overtime win at Texas Christian and still have a chance to qualify for their 12th consecutive bowl game.

Both teams have leaned on the ground attack while working through quarterback changes this season. "I think this year we are running the ball pretty well," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said during his Tuesday press conference. "What Texas is trying to do offensively is similar to what we are trying to do offensively." Texas' Malcolm Brown is coming off a four-touchdown performance against Kansas while Mountaineers running back Charles Sims had a season-high 154 yards against TCU.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, Fox. LINE: Texas -7.

ABOUT TEXAS (6-2, 5-0 Big 12): Johnathan Gray leads the Longhorns, who are riding their longest win streak since going 12-0 in 2009, with 724 rushing yards and is averaging 104.1 yards in the past six games. Brown has a team-high seven touchdowns and is averaging 96.7 yards in his past three games. "Malcolm is healthy and he's playing at a very high level, and he and Johnathan both are really being productive right now," coach Mack Brown said. "What we've got to do is continue to run the ball like we're running it, but we've got to have fewer no gains or 2-yard gains."

ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA (4-5, 2-4): Sims is one of four players in the country with at least 700 rushing yards and 300 receiving yards and has seven total touchdowns. He's averaging 112.5 yards in the wins and 60.9 yards in West Virginia's losses. "He plays with as much effort as he possibly can and that is rubbing off on everyone on the team," Holgorsen said. "Even defensive guys point it out."

EXTRA POINTS

1. Texas DE Cedric Reed is one of three defensive players in FBS (with Arizona State's Carl Bradford and Clemson's Vic Beasley) with at least five sacks, four pass breakups and three forced fumbles this season.

2. Holgorsen said sophomore WR Ronald Carswell (20 catches for 413 yards) is suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules and Holgorsen would revisit the situation after the season.

3. Texas announced this week it would hire Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson to replace DeLoss Dodds.

PREDICTION: Texas 24, West Virginia 20

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Texas 6-2 W5 32.9 22.8 4-1 2-1 2-1 0-0 5-0
West Virginia 4-5 W1 23.7 30.0 3-1 1-4 1-1 0-0 2-4
Last Meeting
Texas West Virginia
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/6/12 WVU 48 TEX 45 404 135 269 460 192 268
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Texas D. Ash 75.9 269 1 0
West Virginia G. Smith 71.4 268 4 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Texas J. Gray 14 87 6.2 0
West Virginia A. Buie 31 207 6.7 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Texas J. Hills 6 67 11.2 0
West Virginia T. Austin 10 102 10.2 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Texas J. Bergeron 4
West Virginia S. Bailey 3
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Texas C. McCoy 60.8 1188 5 5
West Virginia C. Trickett 52.1 1218 5 5
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Texas J. Gray 151 724 4.8 4
West Virginia C. Sims 144 754 5.2 5
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Texas J. Shipley 39 445 11.4 0
West Virginia D. Shorts 37 430 11.6 2
Touchdowns Player TD
Texas M. Brown 8
West Virginia C. Sims 7
Quickchart Matchup
Texas Off vs  West Virginia Def
446.6 yards
453 yards
4.6 yards/rush
4.3 yards/rush
7.4 yards/attempt
8.3 yards/attempt
West Virginia Off vs  Texas Def
397.9 yards
393 yards
4.3 yards/rush
4.7 yards/rush
6.5 yards/attempt
6.5 yards/attempt