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West Virginia vs. Texas 2012: Longhorns can't contain the run in shootout loss

The West Virginia Mountaineers and Texas Longhorns had a shootout on Saturday, with the Mountaineers coming out on top 48-45. The loss was the first of the season for the Longhorns, dropping their record to 4-1.

The West Virginia offense proved to be too much for Texas to handle, racking up 460 total yards. Andrew Buie had a huge day for the Mountaineers, totaling 273 yards by himself. The writers at Burnt Orange Nation took a look at the defensive struggles, and had the following to say about the West Virginia gameplan:

"Even with top running back Shawne Alston out, the Mountaineers ran for nearly 200 yards, including sacks, with Andrew Buie gaining 207 yards on 31 carries. Holgorsen obviously saw something on film that he could exploit and kept after it, running the ball on all but one play on the game-winning touchdown drive following the missed field goal."

Longhorn fans also got their first look at new kicker Anthony Fera, who transferred from Penn State. He didn't exactly provide the fans with what they were expecting from him on Saturday:

"On his first field goal attempt as a Longhorn, he was responsible for the biggest miss in the Mack Brown era."

Up next for the Longhorns will be a trip to Dallas for the Red River Shootout against Oklahoma. That game will kickoff at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, Oct 13.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.