They saw it com­ing, but this time Longhorns can’t dodge the blow

San Antonio Express-News (Sunday) - - Sports -

AUSTIN — It al­ways hurts worse when you see it com­ing. An out-of-nowhere knock­out punch is one thing. But to watch the fist fly­ing to­ward you, to know ex­actly how and when it will land, and to be help­less to stop it?

That’s tor­ture.

Satur­day at Royal-Memo­rial Sta­dium, Texas saw its own demise com­ing from a mile away. The Longhorns saw it com­ing when they left more than two min­utes for one of col­lege foot­ball’s best quar­ter­backs to mount a come­back.

They saw it com­ing when West Vir­ginia kept lin­ing up and run­ning at will against a UT de­fense pow­er­less to make a tackle.

And on the two-point con­ver­sion that de­cided the game and sent them hurtling back into the mid­dle of the Big 12 pack? The Longhorns saw Will Grier com­ing, right be­fore he was gone.

MIKE FIN­GER

Com­men­tary

Lined up on the right side of the line of scrim­mage, UT de­fen­sive end Charles Omenihu was con­vinced Grier was go­ing to run a quar­ter­back draw to the left. He yelled it at tackle Chris Nel­son. Nel­son yelled it at his team­mates on the other side.

And sec­onds later, Grier still scam­pered into the end zone to give the No. 13 Moun­taineers a 42-41 vic­tory over the No. 17 Longhorns, who had to live with the tor­ture of watch­ing their own demise un­fold in slow mo­tion.

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