Texas Football: Grading All 22 Starters from the West Virginia Game

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Texas Football: Grading All 22 Starters from the West Virginia Game
Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

It was close, but no cigar for the Texas Longhorns as they came up just short in a 48-45 loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers and their Heisman front-runner Geno Smith.

The loss dropped Texas four spots to No. 15 in the AP poll, and the 48 points allowed has drawn even more criticism on a defense that was supposed to be loaded with NFL talent. But while the defense certainly deserves its share of the blame for Texas' first loss of the season, there are many more questions to be answered this week heading into the Red River Rivalry game with Oklahoma.

Both coordinators Bryan Harsin and Manny Diaz were outsmarted in the second half. Texas got almost one-dimensional on the offensive end as the game wore on. And even the return of Penn State transfer and former All-Big 10 kicker Anthony Fera could not alleviate the team's woes in the kicking game, missing a 41-yarder in the fourth that would end up being the difference in the game.

But for all the bad, there is still a lot to love about this Texas team, whether it be David Ash's continued improvement or freshman running back Johnathan Gray's rapid ascension over the past two weeks.

For a more in-depth look at what went and what went right for the 'Horns, read on for the grades and analysis for all 22 Longhorn starters.

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