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.
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.