West Virginia beats Texas, Longhorns’ bowl hopes dashed

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West Virginia wide receiver Sam James (13) is tackled by Texas defensive backs D'Shawn Jamison (5) and Anthony Cook (11) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has handed Texas its sixth straight loss. The Mountaineers got three touchdown passes from Jared Doege and 158 rushing yards from Leddie Brown to beat the Longhorns 31-23 Saturday. It eliminated the Longhorns from bowl consideration, the first time that’s happened since 2016. West Virginia snapped a two-game losing streak and kept its own postseason hopes alive but needs to win its final game next weekend. Texas had two chances to potentially tie the score in the final three minutes. But Casey Thompson threw an interception on one drive and the Longhorns turned the ball over on downs on the other.