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Texas Keeps BCS Hopes Alive with Epic Comeback Win over West Virginia

Nov 9, 2013; Morgantown, WV, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterback Case McCoy (6) throws a pass in the first quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
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Sean FryeFeatured Columnist IIINovember 20, 2016

Who would've thought that, after a 1-2 start to the season and so much talk about Mack Brown's future in Austin, the Texas Longhorns would be squarely in the hunt for a BCS bid? 

But after Saturday's 47-40 overtime win over the West Virginia Mountaineers, the Longhorns have won six straight games and are one of just two teams that control their own destiny to a Big 12 title. 

Texas is 6-0 and alone in first place in the Big 12, a half game ahead of Baylor. The Bears are fresh off a dominating win over the Oklahoma Sooners on Thursday, making the Bears and Longhorns the only two teams with unblemished league records. 

Nov 9, 2013; Morgantown, WV, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown (center) looks on during the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

While Baylor is squarely in the national title hunt and has beaten every opponent this season by double digits, the same can't be said about Texas. But in the end, it doesn't matter. 

It wasn't pretty on Saturday in Morgantown. West Virginia led the game in the last minute, but a short field goal by Texas sent the game into overtime. It took a goal-line stand in the first overtime to finally lift the Longhorns over WVU, one of the worst teams in the Big 12. 

With under five minutes to play in the third quarter, the Mountaineers were up on the Longhorns, 26-16. But 14 unanswered points by Texas, including a 49-yard touchdown pass by Case McCoy, allowed the Longhorns to regain control. Both teams traded scores before going into overtime. 

The Longhorns didn't look good in Morgantown, especially on paper. WVU outgained Texas through the air, and the Longhorns converted just 10 of 23 third-down conversions. 

But the Longhorns found a way to win as Brown continues Texas' charge through the Big 12. And that's all that matters. 

Texas has three tough games remaining, including the season finale against Baylor in what could be one of the biggest games in all of college football in 2013. 

Remaining Schedule for Baylor and Texas
TeamWeek 12Week 13Week 14Week 15
Baylor Bearsvs. Texas Tech@ Oklahoma State@ TCUvs. Texas
Texas Longhornsvs. Oklahoma State--vs. Texas Tech@ Baylor
Baylor and Texas schedules

But these Longhorns are rejuvenated after a rough start. With the win over the Mountaineers on the road, Texas' hopes at a Big 12 title and a berth into the Fiesta Bowl are alive and well. 

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