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Instant Recap: West Virginia Wins Wild Shootout In Austin On Late Two Point Conversion


West Virginia v Texas Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

The No. 13 ranked West Virginia Mountaineers (7-1, 5-1 Big 12) are one step closer to a Big 12 Championship Game appearance after knocking off the No. 17 Texas Longhorns (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) in an absolutely wild shootout in Austin, Texas this evening, 42-41

In a game that saw the lead change hands eight times, it was some late heroics by Will Grier and an incredible set of cajones by Dana Holgorsen to make the call to go for the game-winning two-point conversion with just 16 seconds left on the clock.

West Virginia would go on to convert not one but two attempts, after the first one was called off due to a late timeout being given to Longhorns head coach Tom Herman. On the second attempt, Will Grier called his own number in a scramble to the left side of the field and in to seal the deal for the Mountaineers.

I’ll spare the complaining about the refs from early in the game, and will just embed these tweets in that place.


Key Takeaways

  • Will Grier completed 28-of-42 attempts for 346 yards and 3 touchdowns.
  • Martell Pettaway’s 55-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was West Virginia’s first rushing touchdown of more than 50 yards since 2014.
  • Pettaway finished the day with 121 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 9 carries. Kennedy McKoy added 94 yards on 17 carries.


The Mountaineers return to action next Saturday when they take on the TCU Horned Frogs in Morgantown. Broadcast details and kickoff time for that game will be announced later tonight/tomorrow morning.