Spurs beat the Pel­i­cans, but UT falls to West Vir­ginia.

San Antonio Express-News (Sunday) - - Front Page - By Nick Moyle STAFF WRITER

AUSTIN — Dana Hol­gorsen had no in­ter­est in ex­tend­ing a game that had trudged on for nearly four hours.

In­stead of ad­her­ing to con­ven­tional wis­dom, trot­ting out his kick­ing unit for an ex­tra point with 16 sec­onds re­main­ing in a game Texas led by a point, West Vir­ginia’s coach directed the of­fense back out to drive a dag­ger into the Longhorns’ heart.

Quar­ter­back Will Grier, forced out of last year’s matchup in Mor­gan­town with a grue­some fin­ger in­jury, took the snap, tucked the ball, and darted out left, an open plain with­out a Longhorn in reach. He trot­ted in for the two-point con­ver­sion, com­plet­ing 13thranked West Vir­ginia’s wild 4241 win over 17th-ranked Texas (6-3, 4-2) on Satur­day at Roy­alMe­mo­rial Sta­dium.

“You know, our guys fought hard,” Texas coach Tom Her­man said. “But it’s ob­vi­ous we’ve got to do a bet­ter job, and I know it sounds a bit coun­ter­in­tu­itive when you’re lin­ing up against Will Grier and (Mar­cus) Simms and those guys, but we’ve got to stop the run or you’re go­ing to bleed a slow death, and for the most part we couldn’t tonight.”

In hind­sight, Bran­don Jones’ morn­ing mishap should have been rec­og­nized as a men­ac­ing omen for a de­fense stuck in a trou­bling freefall. Texas’ start­ing safety ag­gra­vated an an­kle in­jury at the team ho­tel and was forced to miss Satur­day’s game against West Vir­ginia. What he wit­nessed from the side­line was an of­fen­sive on­slaught re­plete with por­ous tack­ling, blown cov­er­ages, a rash of ex­plo­sive plays, and con­tin­ued bad luck.

A pair of in­jured starters,

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