CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia could have its first Heisman Trophy winner this season and it wouldn't surprise if two other players in the Mountaineers' high-scoring attack appear on a ballot or two.
It was a bit of a surprise, however, when WVU's triumvirate of record-setters - quarterback Geno Smith and receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey - didn't shine the brightest with the eyes of Texas staring upon West Virginia's Big 12 road debut.
In one of the Mountaineer football program's biggest wins last Saturday, a 48-45 triumph over Texas, it was a running back who hooked the 'Horns defense.
WVU was buoyed by Buie.
Andrew Buie, a 5-foot-9, 187-pound sophomore, had 207 rushing yards and 66 receiving yards against Texas, which got the Mountaineers' opponent this Saturday, Texas Tech (3:30 p.m., ABC), attention when watching film.
"He's got good speed and he runs like a 230-pounder," Texas Tech Coach Tommy Tuberville said. "He breaks a lot of tackles. Tough to do that when you're running the type of running plays they run; you're going to run zone plays, draw plays and a dive play up the middle.
"You have to break tackles."
Buie did that and more in generating 281 all-purpose yards against Texas. He has shouldered a larger load each week with senior Shawne Alston recovering slowly from a thigh bruise and sophomore Dustin Garrison being eased back into the rotation after offseason knee surgery.
Buie touched the ball 12 times in the season opener against Marshall and another dozen the next week versus James Madison. His total went up to 17 against Maryland and 26 against Baylor.
He had 31 rushes, three receptions and one kick return against Texas.
"The concern is the wear and tear," second-year West Virginia Coach Dana Holgorsen said. "As I've mentioned a hundred times, the wear and tear is different on running backs than quarterback or a receiver or a corner or a safety that doesn't take that (hit) every time.
"He carried it 31 times and he got hit 31 times. He blocks, which is hard, and he runs routes, which is taxing."