Oklahoma’s defense was much improved over their last meeting with West Virginia, beating the Mountaineers 16-7 on Saturday night at Owen Field in Norman.
After giving up nearly 800 total yards to West Virginia last year in Morgantown, OU held WVU to 387 total yards and just one touchdown. The Sooners also forced
Oklahoma’s offense on the other hand, struggled, also turning it over four times, and having to settle for three Michael Hunnicutt field goals.
Starting quarterback Trevor Knight threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Trey Millard in the second quarter to give OU a 10-7 lead.
The Sooners led 13-7 at halftime, but turnovers thwarted several Sooner drives and Blake Bell was brought on to finish the game for the Sooners
at quarterback, leading a drive that led to the third Hunnicutt field goal.
Knight finished 10 of 20 for 119 yards and two interceptions.
The OU running game was the offensive highlight, with Brennan Clay rushing for 170 yards on 22 carries, and Damien Williams adding
95 yards on 21 carries.
Defensive back Gabe Lynn accounted for two of the OU defense’s four turnovers, with an interception and a fumble recovery.
The combined 23 points was the lowest scoring game at Owen Field since Oklahoma State beat OU 12-0 in 1995, and the Sooners’ 16 points
was the fewest in a home win since beating Kansas 14-10 in 1967.
Oklahoma improves to 2-0 with the win in the Big 12 opener, and will host Tulsa next Saturday at 11:00 am.