AUSTIN, Texas – Johnathan Gray scored three touchdowns and Texas inched closer to a possible bowl game in head coach Charlie Strong's first season with a 33-16 win over No. 24 West Virginia on Saturday.
Gray scored on runs of 39, 2 and 15 yards as Texas (5-5, 4-3 Big 12) ended a streak of nine straight home losses to ranked opponents. The Longhorns need to win one of their final two games to be eligible for a bowl. Texas last missed a bowl in 2010 when the Longhorns had a losing season the year after playing for the national championship.
Gray finished with 101 yards rushing on 10 carries.
Defensively, Texas held West Virginia (6-4, 4-3, No. 23 CFP) receiver Kevin White in check. Mountaineers quarterback Clint Trickett passed for 248 yards, but had two turnovers and was tackled in the end zone for a late safety.