Gray ran the Wild formation six times against the Cowboys. He kept the ball three times and rushed for 20 yards, including 13 yards after contact. He gave it to D.J. Monroe on a sweep left for a 10-yard pickup and handed off to Jaxon Shipley twice -- a 2-yard run and a trick play that Shipley threw away incomplete.
Those numbers are modest, yes, but there’s one stat that can’t be overlooked: Texas picked up four first downs on its five carries out of the Wild.
D.J. Monroe is back.
And with Monroe scoring touchdowns, Brown doesn't have to fend off so many questions about why Monroe's not involved in the offense.
"D.J. has been a fan favorite for a long time,'' Brown said with a subtle nod to the pestering he's endured over the last three years. "Nobody is asking anymore because he's playing well.''
Marquise Goodwin is a short threat.
Johnathan Gray does most of his damage in the fourth quarter.
“Vince was very emotional, Colt was very emotional,” Brown said. “David is not. He's the same guy every play, every day.”
The defense just needs to mesh.
The Texas defense looks confident. It sounds confident. Its talent says that it should be confident. Its play has not been reflective nor does it merit that confidence. At some point, the defense better mesh or it could become a liability.
Manny Diaz discusses how he plans to stop Geno Smith.
This sounds easy enough.
"At some point, somebody has to stump for the defensive players," Diaz said. "The way the game has changed with the attacking of space and tempo with which it's done, has made defense harder than ever."
The Smoking Musket discusses the game with Barking Carnival.
David Ubben calls for the upset in Austin this Saturday.
And the Dallas Morning News doesn't think Texas can keep up with and beat WVU.
But they'll play WV tighter than Baylor did. There were vegan food trailers in Appalachia less wide open than Smith's receivers. And how about Geno's delivery? If he doesn't throw a touchdown pass in 30 minutes or less, tickets to the next game are $3 off. Austin Chronicle
Texas fans aren't known for being rowdy.
METRONEWS: The lack of crowd noise at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium has been debated the past couple weeks. How can 100,019 people not raise a ruckus?
Bohls: It's in the culture here. It's a social, arrive-late, impress-me crowd. It's not in Longhorn fans DNA to be crazy. BUT they will be Saturday unless their Longhorns fall way behind.
Not only is Geno Smith talented, but he is also an outstanding person.
Numbers, numbers, numbers.
Geno Smith’s numbers are numbing.
All week, his mushrooming statistics have blasted through the national college football landscape quicker than West Virginia’s no-huddle offense can snap the ball.
Smith is college football's greatest weapon.
"He loves the game of football," Holgorsen said. "I've never been around a guy who has just developed his entire game like him. His confidence is at an all-time high. Physically he's better, he's bigger, he's faster, he's stronger. Escapability in the pocket is unbelievable, arm strength, accuracy.
"He's a student of the game. Very cerebral."
Meet Terence Garvin. (There is music so you might want to hit the mute button if you are at work.)
WVU running back Shawne Alston will not play on Saturday.
Dana Holgorsen doesn't think this will be a high scoring game.
"Texas plays conventional football. They will try to establish the run and keep us off the field. It won't be like last week when both offenses took 90 snaps." Holgorsen knows he had a bunch of bewildered defensive backs chasing Baylor receivers, but he's hopeful his D will look semi-competent against Texas.
The Mountaineers have been watching a lot of film.
If the Longhorns have any edge (other than the 101,000 fans in their home stadium), it's that they just ''held'' the nation's top offense, Oklahoma State, to 576 yards and 36 points a week earlier. The Cowboys offense was installed by the man who is now West Virginia's head coach, Dana Holgorsen.
At the very least, they should be used to preparing for it, though Holgorsen pointed out his guys have an entire film on how Texas defended that offense.
It ain't gospel until someone goes on the record. This is an updated story from Gina Mizell, the reporter that broke the story about the Big 12's so-called apology to Mike Gundy.
The source said Anderson told Gundy the call was botched by head linesman Brad Edwards, who signaled touchdown too soon without a proper view of the ball, which was fumbled before it broke the plane of the end zone. Edwards was originally positioned on the goal line on the UT sideline, then sprinted toward the pile and put his arms in the air. A second source added umpire Scott Teifer, who was watching the play from the end zone, also did not communicate properly with Edwards by telling him the ball was on the ground before it crossed the goal line.
Big 12 Associate Commissioner-Communications Bob Burda said in an email Wednesday evening that per the conference’s officiating program protocol, dialogue regularly occurs between coaches/administrators and conference staff. But the conference used its official Twitter account to deny that it acknowledged a blown call and issued an apology to OSU.
And we have it.
But Big 12 officials stand behind a tweet that said they did not apologize to OSU or Gundy about the call.