The writing on the wall came to pass and the Texas Longhorns came away from Stillwater with a loss, snapping their six-game winning streak.
All season, the story has been that the season is bigger than one game, but this week that statement will be put to the test. As the West Virginia Mountaineers come to Austin, brining a top-flight offense and one of the top quarterbacks in the country, senior Will Grier, the goals for the season hang in the balance.
If the Longhorns can pull off a win they put themselves back in control of the conference, as the Mountaineers face off with the Oklahoma Sooners to close the regular season. If Texas wins out, they guarantee a spot in the conference championship.
With all of that in the balance, Texas head coach Tom Herman addresses the media at noon Central in his weekly press conference on Longhorn Network or available on TexasSports.com.
After missing the past five games with a fractured foot, #Longhorns starting B-Backer Malcolm Roach may soon return to the field. #HookEm https://t.co/lzsoTaygFv— Burnt Orange Nation (@BON_SBNation) October 29, 2018
.@CoachTomHerman: “The guys are disappointed but their eager to have another top 25 team come into DKR with an opportunity to solidify our spot atop the Big 12 standings.” #HookEm— Joe Cook (@josephcook89) October 29, 2018
Herman said he talked "big picture" with his team Saturday. "We've still got all of our goals and competing for Big 12 championship ahead of us."— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) October 29, 2018
"We didn't play well in an hostile environment. I wish the stands were a little further from the sideline," Herman said. "We just didn't play well."— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) October 29, 2018
Herman said he's "not concerned" with Kris Boyd going after Emmanuel Acho and his comments about Texas. "We talked about it. You want to silence any critic, best way is to shut your mouth and go play well again. If concerned about the critics, you probably have bigger issues."— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) October 29, 2018
Herman says the OSU loss was like a squeeze on the players. "Now we’re going to figure out what’s really inside of our guys. I think they’ll respond as well if not better than week one."— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) October 29, 2018
Tom Herman: "That game in Stillwater will only define our season if we let it."— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) October 29, 2018
Tom Herman on WVU receiver David Sills V: "His body control is phenomenal in terms of contorting his body in mid-air, and his ball skills are off the charts."— Craig Way (@craigway1) October 29, 2018
On how Iowa State defended West Virginia, Herman said the Cyclones did a good job of mixing coverage with pressure and when they covered they covered very well.— Jeff Howe (@JeffHowe247) October 29, 2018
“There’s an element we can take from that,” Herman said.
As usual, stopping the run is the highest priority.#HookEm
Herman the offensive line is “above average.” He mentioned the group’s performance is “a drastic improvement” from where it was last season.— Jeff Howe (@JeffHowe247) October 29, 2018
The challenge for the group is take the next step and start moving people.#HookEm