The West Virginia/Texas game was one of the best of the year so far. To start things off, the referees were calling a very tight game early on. West Virginia lost one of their best offensive linemen because of an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for hitting an opposing player’s helmet and wide receiver David Sills received a penalty for giving a “horns down” sign to the Texas fans after scoring a touchdown.
Besides the penalties, the wide receivers in the game were very productive. Sills caught two touchdowns and did most of his damage in the first half. Texas wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey, one of the more fun names in college football, made some ridiculous contested catches in the game and Collin Johnson made a few nice plays himself, including a long catch and run called back by penalty.
If the back and forth play was not enough, an interesting scenario played out at the end of the first half. Texas head coach Tom Herman called a timeout to ice the kicker right before a field goal. However, the decision backfired. The West Virginia kicker missed the first field goal, which did not count, but made the second one, which did. Did I mention West Virginia went on to win the game by one point? Ouch.
I also saw a similar situation play out in the Texans/Broncos game last Sunday. Maybe coaches will start to consider no longer using the “ice the kicker” strategy. I know my golf mulligans are almost always better than the first shot. As a side note, check out Bill O’Brien’s commentary of Vance Joseph’s decision in last Sunday’s game if you live under a rock and have not seen it yet. I will let you decipher what he said.
All in all, it was a great back and forth battle between the two teams. Will Grier threw an absolute dime to bring West Virginia within one point with 16 seconds to go. He completed the ensuing two-point try to Sills, but Herman called a timeout right before the ball was snapped. It did not matter, as Sills ran the second try in for the one-point victory.
You can find the final results of each week ten game here.
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