"We had to get first downs," Coach Dana Holgorsen said. "That's our four-minute offense. You have to throw it and you have to complete it. We knew they were going to bring the safety down and junk up the box. If we ran into that, we were going to punt it pretty quickly. We knew we were going to have to throw it a couple times to get first downs and stay on the field."
Buie gained 22 yards on the next play and WVU was on the way to the decisive touchdown - a 4-yard run by Buie.
He finished with a career-high 31 carries for 207 yards and two scores. He added three receptions for 66 yards and one kickoff return for 13 yards. His 281 all-purpose yards were the ninth-best total in school history.
Buie touched the ball 35 times. Two weeks earlier, when Shawne Alston barely played in what has become essentially a three-game absence, Holgorsen said Buie didn't carry more against Maryland because "if we gave it to him 35 times then we probably wouldn't have him next week.''
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WVU DEFEATED ranked teams in consecutive weeks for the first time since 2007. That year the Mountaineers won at No. 21 Cincinnati, 28-23, followed by a home win against No. 20 Connecticut, 66-21.
WVU beat No. 25 Baylor, 70-63, on Sept. 29 before knocking off Texas.
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THE LONGHORNS were held to a season-low 404 yards of offense - nearly 300 fewer yards than the Baylor Bears (700) gained against the Mountaineers a week ago.
In WVU's first two Big 12 games, there have been 31 combined touchdowns and six combined punts.
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WVU, NO. 5 in scoring offense at 52 points per game, has scored 42 or more points in four of five games. The 48 points scored against Texas was the most for the Mountaineers in a road game since a 55-14 win at Syracuse on Oct. 6, 2007.
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TCU'S 37-23 home loss to Iowa State ruined the Horned Frogs' NCAA-best 12-game winning streak.
West Virginia's nine-game run is tied for the second-longest current streak in FBS behind No. 3 South Carolina's 10-game streak. The school record is 13 consecutive wins across the 1952-53 seasons.
No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Oregon are tied with West Virginia.