Saturday afternoon the Mountaineer will welcome the Texas Longhorns into Milan Puskar Stadium for the final home game of the season. The Mountaineers currently sit at 7-3 and will hope to give their seniors one more round of “Country Roads” as they attempt to take down a Texas team that has seen many highs and lows this season.
The Longhorns currently have a 5-5 record, entering Morgantown attempting to gain bowl eligibility while taking down the home team at the same time. The matchup between the Mountaineers and the Longhorns currently sits at a 3-2 record since West Virginia’s entrance into the Big 12 in 2012. Each of the games played between the two teams has been a spectacle, both good and bad, over the past five years.
Now, the Longhorns will look to shut down any chances of the Mountaineers going on to Dallas for the conference championship, however slim to none existent it may actually be.
The Longhorns have been led this season by first-year head coach Tom Herman. Coach Herman comes to Texas after being the head coach in Houston and has led his team to several close calls as well as several big wins throughout their last ten games. The Longhorns opened up their season with a road loss against Maryland, later having a close overtime loss against Southern Cal and taking down conference foe Iowa State who took down Oklahoma this season.
The Longhorns are a good team, and the Mountaineers are likely in for a game that will take them down to the final seconds of the game, much like games of seasons past.
Last season, the Mountaineers took down the Longhorns in a 24-20 victory in Austin, making it two years in a row the Mountaineers have beat the Longhorns. Third time’s the charm, at least that’s how the saying goes, so maybe the (daytime lights) stars in Milan Puskar will align for the seniors and “Country Roads” will play as an escort for the Longhorns’ trip home Saturday.