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(Norman)—
The 15th ranked Oklahoma Sooners are in a much tougher Big 12
opener than they expected, leading West Virginia 13-7 at halftime in Norman.
The game kicked off in broiling 95-degree temperatures, but the Sooners offense
sputtered for most of the first quarter.  QB Trevor Knight corralled a bad snap
on OU’s 2nd play, but was called for intentional grounding from the Sooners 1
yard line.  The very next play, RB Brennan Clay busted off a 33 yard run around
the left side, but Oklahoma eventually punted.
On West Virginia’s 3rd play
after that, RB Dreamius Smith broke at least 4 Sooner tackles and dashed 75
yards for the touchdown as the Mountaineers took a surprising 7-0 lead with 8:54
left in the 1st Qtr.
The Sooners drove to a 44-yard FG from Michael
Hunnicutt on their next possesion to cut West Virginia’s lead to 7-3 at the end
of the opening quarter.
West Virginia fumbled an OU punt late in that 1st
quarter and OU actually scored twice to take the lead.  The first touchdown, a
17 yard run by Damien Williams, was reviewed and it was determined his knee was
down at the West Virginia-1 yard line.  Two plays later, Trevor Knight hit Trey
Millard for a 1-yd. TD pass in the corner of the end zone and Oklahoma indeed
had the 10-7 lead with 13:35 left in the half.
Then the turnovers really
started happening.  West Virginia QB Paul Millard was smacked by OU’s Jordan
Phillips, and the Sooners Chuka Ndulue recovered – but on Oklahoma’s possession
after that, Trevor Knight hit LaColton Bester for a 32 yard pass play before
Bester fumbled and West Virginia recovered at it’s own 18.
After a
Mountaineers punt, the Sooners QB was crushed from behind and fumbled, recovered
by West Virginia at their own 38 with 5:38 left in the half.
OU closed the
half moving 83 yards, the big play being a 30-yd. pass from Knight to Jalen
Saunders.  But West Virginia stiffened defensively and Hunnicutt toed through
another short FG.  So, it’s 13-7 Sooners at halftime in Norman.