The only starter along the Texas Longhorns offensive line to remain in place from preseason camp through the start of the season’s 11th game was junior left Patrick Vahe. And then Vahe left the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers with a knee injury suffered during the first quarter.
Vahe didn’t return and was seen on crutches after the game. Head coach Tom Herman revealed that the he suffered a sprained MCL. There wasn’t any word on how long Vahe will be out, but he’s likely out for the Texas Tech game and would probably best be described as questionable for the bowl game.
Always ebullient, however, Vahe wasn’t too upset after the game to decline celebrating the team’s bowl eligibility for the first time in his career:
GOING BOWLINGGGGGGG !!! #HookEm— Patrick Vahe (@PatrickVahe) November 18, 2017
With Vahe out of the game, junior Terrell Cuney moved from center to left guard and sophomore Zach Shackelford took over at center. Coney largely held his own working with All-American Connor Williams to his left and the running game was able to find some success against West Virginia’s 3-3 stack at critical points.