"Offensively we put our defense in really bad situations in the first half and the opening half of the second half," WVU Coach Dana Holgorsen said. "With that said, we did a good job of holding them to about 16 points and then offensively we did a better job of executing, we punted, we didn't turn the ball over and that's when we started playing awful defense.
"I don't know - you guys figure that one out. I guess we got to put our defense in horrible situations for them to keep them out of the end zone."
WVU's defensive struggles were highlighted on third down. Texas converted just one of its first 11 third-down attempts, but was successful on nine of its final 12 third downs.
The Longhorns' strategy wasn't a mystery, either. Receiver Jaxon Shipley finished with seven catches for 82 yards and a touchdown. Four of his final five receptions came on third down - including the score - and the other was a fourth-and-7 conversion that kept Texas' game-tying drive alive in the twilight of the fourth quarter.
Shipley's fourth-down grab came with 59 seconds left.
"I think you know who the ball is going to in that situation," Texas quarterback Case McCoy said.
It didn't matter.
Here is a different kind of throwback: Holgorsen is guaranteed back-to-back six-loss seasons, which hasn't happened since 1994-95. The last coach to string three of those seasons in a row was Frank Cignetti, who was the last to coach a WVU football team without a Flying WV on the side of the helmet. Cignetti lost at least six games in four consecutive seasons before Don Nehlen took over the program in 1980 and kicked the white helmets to the curb.
The Mountaineers are 4-6 overall and 2-5 in the Big 12. They'll end their seven-game streak of being an underdog with this Saturday's game at Kansas, which has the longest conference losing skid in the nation at 26 games. Then, West Virginia gets Iowa State (1-8 overall, 0-6 Big 12) to close the regular season at home. Bowl eligibility seems like a certainty, but WVU is down to one healthy QB and the possibility of a Maryland-type clunker could snuff out the program's bid for a 12th consecutive bowl season.
Consistency is the key, it's just not a given.
Contact sports editor Chuck McGill at chuck.mcg...@dailymail.com or 304-348-7949. Follow him on Twitter @chuckmcgill.