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WVU won last meeting vs. Texas

October 6, 2012
By John Wickline Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

MORGANTOWN - Emptying out the notebook as No. 7 West Virginia travels to Austin, Texas, to battle No. 9 Texas at 7 p.m. in a game that will be nationally televised on Fox.

The game will be the second time the Mountaineers have hooked up with the Longhorns, and WVU won that game in 1956, 7-6. That game, too, was played in Austin and was also played on the first weekend in October.

It was "Boy Scout Night" at Memorial Stadium when the Mountaineers invaded town. An estmated 30,000 fans watched a scoreless first half.

WVU fullback Lawrence Krutko scored on a 15-yard run, and WVU converted the extra point with about four minutes remaining in the third quarter.

After his career at West Virginia Krutko, from Carmichaels, Pa., would play three years for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Texas scored at the start of the fourth quarter on a 5-yard pass play from Joe Clements to Walt Fondren, but the Longhorns missed the extra point.

Texas put itself in a position to win the game with five seconds left on the clock, but Johnny Elam missed a 45-yard field goal attempt.

WVU, under the direction of Art "Pappy" Lewis, finished 6-4 overall and was the Southern Conference champion with a 5-0 mark. Texas would go on to finish the season 1-9, its worst record ever.

Legendary coach Darrell K. Royal, for whom the stadium is now named, was hired the next season.

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Texas coach Mack Brown is 1-0 against West Virginia, that win coming in the 1997 Gator Bowl when he coached North Carolina to a 20-13 victory.

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WVU is 10-4 against teams from the Big 12. The Mountaineers are 1-0 against Texas, Baylor, Kansas, Texas Christian and Texas Tech.

WVU also has a winning record, 2-1, against Oklahoma State, and it is even against Kansas State, 1-1, and Oklahoma, 2-2.

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Road teams have tough times in the Big 12 Conference. Since 1997, visiting teams have a record of 98-130, a .429 winning percentage.

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West Virginia has scored 10 touchdowns in three of its last five games.

Looking back at games from Sept. 29, the Big 12 Conference featured 11 scoring plays that covered 40 or more yards.

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WVU receiver Stedman Bailey is ranked first nationally in scoring (15 points per game) and second nationally in receptions (10.25) and receiving yards (158.75).



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