It’s all up to Grier in the end

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Palm Beach (Sunday) - - SPORTS - Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas — West Vir­ginia’s Will Grier threw a 33-yard touch­down pass to Gary Jen­nings with 16 sec­onds left, then ran in the two-point con­ver­sion to send the 13th-ranked Moun­taineers to a 42-41 vic­tory over No. 17 Texas on Satur­day.

Grier broke his fin­ger on a run to the py­lon in the first quar­ter of a loss to Texas last year, and his gamewin­ning run came on a sim­i­lar scram­ble. But there was no de­fender near him this time around, and he held the ball up while cross­ing the goal line un­touched.

Texas had called timeout just be­fore the ball was snapped so the Moun­taineers had to line up again. Grier dropped back, took a step into the pocket, and swung to his left to break for the cor­ner of the end zone.

“It was an easy de­ci­sion,” to go for two, West Vir­ginia coach Dana Hol­gorsen said. “If you put the fate of the game in (Grier’s) hands, I feel pretty good about it. We had that de­ci­sion made be­fore we even took the field.”

Grier drove the Moun­taineers (7-1, 5-1 Big 12) to the win after Texas grabbed a 41-34 lead on Sam E h l i n g e r ’s touch­down throw to Devin Du­ver­nay with 2:34 to play.

Grier fin­ished with 346 yards pass­ing and three touch­downs, two to Sills.

Eh­linger passed for 356 yards and three scores and also ran for a touch­down for Texas (6-3, 4-2).

“The sil­ver lin­ing is we play in the Big 12 and every­body plays every­body. We’re not out of any race yet,” Texas coach Tom Her­man said.

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