Texas is No. 40 in passing offense, with 267.75 yards per game, but Ash is second only to WVU's Geno Smith in passer efficiency. He's completed 79 percent of his passes for 1,008 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception. The Longhorns are running it a little bit less this season, but average 26 more yards per game and better than a yard more per carry.
It's working, too. Texas charts "explosive" plays and defines them as a gain of 12 or more yards rushing or 16 or more yards receiving. The offense has 16 of each so far.
There are 16 combined rushing or passing plays of between 20 and 69 yards and six have been touchdowns.
"We've really tried to stay with the plan and be balanced," Brown said. "When we run the ball well, it brings more linebackers up for play-action passes and gives us a chance to get the ball deep. We're doing a better job now because we're older at quarterback and more mature and confident. We're older and healthier at receiver right now and that helps us block down the field better, too. "
The Mountaineers rank No. 106 in total defense (474 yards per game) and No. 94 in scoring defense (32.5 points per game), though that's inflated greatly by Saturday's game against Baylor. WVU set program records with 69 points and 700 yards allowed.
"We probably match up a little better with them," Holgorsen said of the Longhorns.
Still, much of the damage done to WVU's defense has been through the air and the Mountaineers rank No. 118 in pass defense (352.75 yards per game). The defense has allowed 23 plays of 20 yards or more. The top 15 are pass plays and five of those have been touchdowns. Eight of the 20-yard pass plays and three of the touchdowns happened Saturday.
"They do put the ball in the air, probably not as much as what we just saw, but they can do it," Holgorsen said. "When they do, we've got to do a better job making plays on the ball. Obviously, we didn't do a good enough job of that against Baylor."
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