AUSTIN — November has arrived and the Longhorns' championship dreams are still alive with four games left on the schedule.

But, Texas has learned one thing cannot happen: Spotting their opponent a significant lead like the University of Texas did in Stillwater against Oklahoma State University.

"That's not what you need to do, you just need to come out there ready to play," said Texas defensive end Charles Omenihu.

Quarterback Sam Ehlinger's steady progress must continue as well. The Longhorns' quarterback hasn't tossed an interception since the loss to Maryland in the season opener.

"I try not to, it's not a good thing to do," said Ehlinger.


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Ehlinger has done more than try. He owns the school record for 210 pass attempts without an interception.

"We are a team that's still learning, that's getting better," he said. "We control our success and when we play to our standard it's really hard to stop us."

Ehlinger and the Longhorns are in an enviable position. Texas shares the Big 12 lead with both Oklahoma and Saturday's opponent, West Virginia.

If Texas beats the Mountaineers, the Longhorns will own the tie breaker against both the Sooners and Mountaineers. What does that mean?

If the Longhorns are tied with OU or WVU for one of the two spots in the Big 12 title game, the Horns will head to Arlington to play in the Big 12 Championship Game.

But, first thing's first. They must rebound from the Stillwater debacle.

"We could either get closer, come together or we could just drift apart. But we have to stay strong," said Texas receiver Colin Johnson.

That's if the Horns want to defeat 12th ranked West Virginia and knock off a fourth ranked opponent this season. That game kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Then it's onto perhaps the toughest trip of the season a week from Saturday -- Lubbock.