West Virginia got the scoring started first when they completed an 11-play, 72-yard drive in just three minutes, to go up 21-7, when Andrew Buie was able to score from four yards out. Texas then picked up its game on both sides of the ball.
The Longhorns blocked a Mountaineers punt, which gave them the ball at midfield, and then the first play of the drive was a 49-yard touchdown run by freshman Johnathan Gray. Two plays later Joe Bergeron punched it in from two yards out to cut into the West Virginia lead to make it a 21-14 game.
The Longhorns defense came up big one more time when West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith was sacked and had the ball stripped by Alex Okafor. The ball was recovered by Jackson Jeffcoat in the end zone, tying the game at 21-all.
Texas did allow West Virginia another field goal, but the Longhorns responded by finding a weakness in that Mountaineers defense which allowed David Ash to complete three straight passes of 13, 26 and 24 yards to get to the Mountaineers 5-yard line. Then two plays later, Bergeron scored his third touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run to put Texas back on top, 28-24.
West Virginia drove down the field at the end of the half and had to settle for a 41-yard field goal to make it 28-27 at the half.