Posted: 4:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 2013
By Jeffrey Haley
Curse words.— Sarah Smith (@SASmith_UT) November 10, 2013
Not every football game causes viewers to address the world with streams of profanity. But some of them do. And who better to fly off into a rage than the famous Texas F-Bomb girl, although despite the above reference, she mostly kept things clean on Twitter Saturday night.
But some of us were just too damn tired for blue language. People like me. Regular readers of this blog know that I am really more of a basketball guy, but due to a conflict Friday night, I wasn't able to catch the Texas vs. Mercer game live. So I set my alarm for 5 AM on Saturday morning, which allowed me to watch the replay.
After that, I spent the rest of the day doing maintenance on my basketball statistics website (where premium subscriptions can be purchased for $15) and building a multi-compartment composting bin for my wife. By the time 7 PM rolled around, I was tired. But I fought hard, and hung in, as Texas played a game that lasted for well over four hours.
The game took forever, in part because the first half featured two no-huddle teams locked in a defensive struggle. In the first half of the game, Texas had ten possessions, compared with only six first half possessions a week ago. That is a lot of punts, a lot of TV time outs, and a lot of commercials for stuffed crust pizza.
While no huddle offense has the potential to be exciting and fun for fans, it also has the potential to make games drag on forever.
Come on #Longhorns - get it done so I can sleep!— Candace BC (@candacebc81) November 10, 2013
The Texas Longhorns got off to a shaky start. A blocked punt, a fumble, and an interception on the first three drives had Texas fans nervous.
SMH, and these guys had the nerve to say they should be ranked...#Longhorns— C'BoysFan4L (@KDLEE39) November 10, 2013
I did NOT wait all day for this type of playing! Come on Longhorns!! #UTFootball— KATHY (@Twins111601) November 10, 2013
Longhorns are poo— SG23✈ (@SethG_10) November 10, 2013
But while the offense was a disaster, the defense held things together, preventing the game from getting out of hand. For much of the first half, West Virginia was seemingly unable to block the Longhorn front four.
That Longhorn Defense is getting nasty out there!! #hookem— Justin Royal (@JRoyalFishing) November 10, 2013
For Texas fans on Tyrone Swoopes watch, there was a brief sighting. When Case McCoy had his helmet knocked off, Swoopes entered the game for a play.
The tough first half had many fans contemplating self-punishment.
Binary Option: Texas wins, ordering dinner. Texas loses, starve. #HookEm— Lyla Renne (@LylaRenne) November 10, 2013
But in the second half, the Texas offense got things going.
Joe Bergeron TD puts UT ahead 30-26. All is well for Longhorns. Shoot, I'm just gonna go ahead and book my Fiesta Bowl flight.— Mike Finger (@mikefinger) November 10, 2013
The Texas comeback set things up for an exciting fourth quarter. With 2:25 left on the clock and down by three points, Texas got the ball back. Several Malcolm Brown plays moved the ball to mid-field, before the Longhorns found themselves facing fourth and seven with 59 seconds remaining.
It was time to fly the Moxiecopter.
CASE MCCOY MOXIE MOXIE MOXIE MOXIE MOXIE— stringsays (@stringsays) November 10, 2013
And the Case McCoy Moxie Train rolls on. Who would have seen a fourth-down pass to Jaxon Shipley? How can the DB give that much cushion?— Wescott Eberts (@SBN_Wescott) November 10, 2013
MCCOY MAGIC MOXIE DUST FTWWWW #Hookem— Rafiq el Arculli (@rafiqelarculli) November 10, 2013
Although to be clear, not all are aboard the Moxie Express. (Or do the four exclamation points signal sarcasm? It is just so hard to tell.)
After an Anthony Fera field goal, the game went to overtime. Texas scored a touchdown on its first possession, putting the game in the hands of its defense.
And the defense quickly found itself on its own five yard line. But the Texas D held, thanks in part to two great plays by Steve Edmond. While it wasn't a pretty win, at least it was a win.
GOAL LINE STAND!!! LETS GOOOOOOOOOOO!! #HOOKEM 🐂— Jasiel Olvera (@KingJasiel) November 10, 2013
What an epic goal-line stand this could be. Charles Sims stuffed. 1 down, 3 to go. #Longhorns— Christian Corona (@ChristianC0rona) November 10, 2013
One more stop!!!! #hookem— Michael Adams (@MichaelSAdams) November 10, 2013
LONGHORNS WIN IN OT THANK THE FREAKING LORD IVE NEVER BEEN SO RELIEVED #Longhorns #47-40— Tyler Fadal (@tmfadal27) November 10, 2013