West Virginia struck first in the game, scoring on a Geno Smith to Stedman Bailey 8-yard touchdown pass. The score was the result of a five play, 54 yard drive to start the game that took just over two minutes. Smith, a Heisman Trophy candidate, was six for eight in the first quarter for 76 yards and two touchdowns.
West Virginia's second touchdown came on a Tavon Austin 40-yard catch-and-run, on a drive that saw the Mountaineers convert on two fourth downs. Austin has three ctaches for 55 yards after one quarter.
The Longhorns blocked a 42-yard field goal attempt by West Virginia kicker Tyler Bitancurt midway through the quarter.