The Longhorns converted a third-and-1 with a 29-yard pass to Davis and then scored on Bergeron's 8-yard run to go ahead 30-26.
It didn't last long, though. Millard completed a 31-yard pass to White on third-and-5 from the Texas 47 and Smith finished the drive 59 seconds into the final quarter with an 8-yard touchdown run around a creative block by Sims. Texas defensive coordinator Greg Robinson was adamant Sims should have been called for holding.
Texas then converted three third downs, including a 36-yard pass to Shipley on third-and-14. A 10-yard touchdown reception by Shipley on third and goal put the Longhorns up 37-33 with 8:57 to go.
On the third play of the next possession, Alford slipped inside cornerback Duke Thomas and caught a quick slant and won the race to the end zone. It's WVU's longest pass play of the season just 82 seconds after Shipley's score.
Texas had another third down conversion lined up, but McCoy's pass was behind Davis, who had plenty or room to run.
Trickett didn't last through the first quarter and left the game with an undisclosed injury after he was sacked for the fourth time and lost a fumble at his 26. His defense held, dropping Brown for a loss of a yard on third-and-2 to set up a 37-yard field goal.
That cut WVU's lead to 9-3 following an inspired start by the special teams. After WVU punted following its first possession, linebacker Jewone Snow raced untouched through the Texas punt protection and blocked the punt through the end zone. It was WVU's first punt block safety since 2000.
Alford returned the safety kick from his 15 to the Texas 42 - a season-high 43-yard kickoff return - and Trickett completed a 14-yard pass to Sims and a 17-yard pass to White to set up first-and-goal. Sims scored on third-and-goal from the 3 to go up 9-0.
The Texas defensive line took over to end the quarter, though. WVU had 19 yards on 19 plays in the first quarter and lost 20 yards on its final 10 plays.
Millard threw short to White on back-to-back downs on his first possession and was then sacked and lost a fumble at his 27 on the next possession. The Longhorns took a 10-9 lead when Brown scored on third-and-1 from the 2.
Millard then went 0-for-2 again and WVU punted having lost five yards on his first nine plays, which included five incomplete passes. Will Clarke sacked McCoy to set up third-and-19 and the Mountaineers took over after a punt at their 49. Millard was 3-for-3 for 42 yards on the drive and WVU went back up 16-10 when Sims scored on a 3-yard run.
Texas punted back to WVU and Millard was sacked again and lost a fumble again, this time at his 9. The Longhorns gained just one yard and settled for a 25-yard field goal.
Millard then completed 5 of 7 passes for 56 yards on a 15-pplay, 76-yard drive that ended with WVU running on third-and-goal from the 14 to set up a 30-yard field goal as the first half ended with WVU ahead 19-13 at the half and Millard ended the half completing 8 of his final 11 passes for 98 yards.