MORGANTOWN -- West Virginia let a fourth straight opponent rally in the second half and couldn't win a second straight overtime game.
Texas converted a pair of third downs in overtime, including a 2-yard play action touchdown pass from Case McCoy to fullback Alex De La Torre for a 47-40 overtime win. The Mountaineers had first-and-goal at the 6-yard line in overtime, but turned the ball over with an interception on fourth down to move to the brink of bowl eligibility.
WVU (4-6, 2-5 Big 12) needs to win its final two games of the season, though they are against the league's two worst teams who have a combined zero conference wins. The Mountaineers play at Kansas next week and then have an open week before playing host to Iowa State Nov. 30.
Backup quarterback Paul Millard came off the bench in the first half and completed 16 of 32 passes for 259 yards. Charles Sims ran for 93 yards and three touchdowns and caught five passes for 42 yards. Mario Alford had 97 yards receiving and one touchdown and Kevin White added 89 yards receiving.
The Longhorns (7-2, 6-0) won their sixth straight game and haven't lost since Sept 14. McCoy was 27-for-49 for 283 yards and three scores. Jaxon Shipley caught seven passes for 82 yards and one score and Mike Davis added 91 yards receiving while Malcolm Brown scored once and ran for 89 yards.
A Mountaineer Field crowd of 58,570 witnessed a special teams rarity, six fumbles, five turnovers and Millard rally the Mountaineers after Clint Trickett was injured in the first quarter.
The Mountaineers seemed to finally take control in the middle of the fourth quarter. Alford's 72-yard touchdown reception gave them a 40-37 lead and the defense forced a rare second-half stop. Texas had converted its first seven third downs of the half on three straight touchdown drives, but an eighth conversion fell to the ground when McCoy's pass was behind Davis, who had plenty of room to work with after the catch.
WVU took 3:59 off the clock, but Nick O'Toole's 30-yard punt set Texas up at its 36 with 2:35 remaining. The Longhorns had first-and-10 at WVU's 11-yardline after Brown's 27-yard run, but they settled for a 24-yard field goal with 14 seconds left in regulation.
WVU found itself in what's become familiar territory in conference play. Sims' third touchdown run of the game put them ahead 26-16 in the third quarter. Texas was in trouble with just 158 yards of offense and only one conversion on 11 third downs.
Yet WVU continued its habit of letting opposing offenses do what they want in the second half. Texas Tech trailed 27-16 last month, but won 37-27. WVU led Kansas State 12-7, but lost 35-12. Even in last week's win against TCU, WVU was ahead 10 points with seven minutes left, but needed overtime to win.
The Longhorns quickly rattled off 14 unanswered points and three straight touchdown drives by converting eight third downs in a row.
The first score came when Davis got behind freshman cornerback Daryl Worley for a 49-yard touchdown with 4:15 left in the quarter.
Texas blitzed on first down and Millard overthrew Sims, who was wide open in the middle just past the line of scrimmage and could only jump and tip the pass. Millard was sacked on third-and-11 and fumbled, WVU's sixth fumble of the game. Sims recovered and WVU was fortunate to punt.