Posted October 9th, 2012 by Ross
Filed under: Feature, Football

WTH?! (What the Heck?) moments are attempts to find the memorable and the off-beat perspective on Longhorns sports. Here are some interesting moments from the Texas game against the Mountaineers.

Texas' Carrington Byndom beat for the touchdown

Texas and Carrington Byndom couldn't make the big 4th down or red zone plays. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Pre-Game WTH Fans?! Wow. A record crowd of 101,851 fans were amped up for this contest. Fans were comparing the electricity in the stadium to when Cougar High came to Austin in 1990. Great job by the fans!

1st Quarter (15:00) WTH JY?! Vince Young was in person and on the giant video board to let the fans know that the “Eyes of Texas are Upon You.” Even his son Jordan got in on the act by getting caught on the video board pointing at the screen saying that’s my daddy.

1st Quarter (9:09) WTH Special Teams?! The kickoff coverage team gave the UT fans heart attacks when Tavon Austin touched the ball. It’s pretty bad when the stat sheet says kickoff of 64 yards and the return is 67 yards. Squib quicks were the order of the day after this long return.

1st Quarter (2:05) WTH Akina?! WVU was setting up for a fourth down play when Coach Akina did not think his secondary was set so he called a costly timeout. Costly? Because the Horns defense stepped up and held the offense on downs. Instead the Mountaineers went on to score on the very next play and subsequently succeed on every fourth down play the rest of the night.

2nd Quarter (15:00) WTH Southwest?! We can understand the need to promote oneself by setting up a stupid human trick by making fans throw a football into an inflatable receptacle. The problem is when you have the inflatables highlighted in Mountaineer school colors which are blue and gold. Bad omen.

2nd Quarter (10:01) WTH Dallas?! The Godzillatron feels it necessary to take us behind the scenes of certain players and cheerleaders because the fans clamor so much to be interrupted with this nonsense. One such interruption was to let us know that a pom squad member felt she looked like the villain from Monsters Inc.

2nd Quarter (7:37) WTH Alex the Great?! Alex Okafor was named Big XII defensive player of the week for his game changing plays. One of those moments was when he stripped Geno Smith and Jackson Jeffcoat recovered the fumble in the end zone to tie up the game.

2nd Quarter (4:51) WTH Dana?! No one can hold a candle to WVU Coach Dana Holgorsen when he throws a fit. Geno Smith was sacked by Desmond Jackson, one of four sacks for the UT defense, which eventually led to a Mountaineers field goal. Dana was so upset that he threw his headset down numerous times to let everyone on the sidelines know his disgust.

4th Quarter (15:00) WTH Badgers?! The fans were into the game the entire night until out of nowhere the DKR sound guy played House of Pain “Jump” which is a staple at Camp Randall in Wisconsin. The crowd, players and Duane Akina were jumping on the sideline. Even one Longhorn fan got really into it.

4th Quarter (6:40) WTH Harsin?! The game plan was to TOP the opposition to death and the running game was doing a good job. What was forgotten was that WVU had one of the worst pass defenses. The mojo was clearly on the Horns side after the great defense recovery of a Geno Smith fumble. On 2nd & 7 with the jumbo package in place everyone knew what was coming. A little creativity would be nice in the red zone Coach Harsin since the very next play was not executed very well either.

4th Quarter (:00) WTH Capitalization?! The offense did not capitalize on crucial fourth downs or game clinching plays. The special teams did not cover in the early going and the debut of Anthony Fera did go smoothly with a crucial miss. The defense had trouble with WVU on fourth downs plus a few suspect tackling mixed in. Everyone had a chance to capitalize but this team still has plenty of chances to turn this one around beginning next week.

Next up for the Longhorns is a trip to Big D to get revenge on OU at the State Fair on October 13th.

Thanks for following my WTH articles throughout the season. I appreciate the opportunity to rant about the greatest University sports program in the country. You can continue to follow comments on all of UT sports on twitter at @40AcresSports or follow me at @Horns1991. HOOK EM!!

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