West Virginia took advantage of three Oklahoma State turnovers and the Cowboys were penalized 10 times as the Mountaineers upset OSU 30-21 on Saturday
in Morgantown, West Virginia.
The Cowboys scored first on a 73-yard touchdown pass from J.W. Walsh to Josh Stewart, but the Mountaineers answered quickly.
On OSU’s next possession, Ishmael Banks intercepted Walsh and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 7.
WVU then took the lead late in the first quarter when Clint Trickett passed to Kevin White for a 17-yard touchdown to give
the Mountaineers a 14-7 lead.
West Virginia took advantage of an OSU turnover in the second quarter, recovering a Jeremy Smith fumble and turning that into a field goal to make it 17-7 Mountaineers.
OSU came right back on offense, with J.W. Walsh finding Tracy Moore for a 27-yard touchdown, capping a 76-yard drive in 8 plays, cutting the West Virginia lead to 17-14.
OSU’s next possession ended in a punt, and Kip Smith’s punt was just 13 yards.
West Virginia took advantage of the field position, with Clint Trickett passing to Mario Alford for a gain of 40, then Charles Sims capping a 5-play, 43-yard drive,
with a one-yard touchdown run to make it 24-14 Mountaineers.
OSU tried to cut into the lead before halftime, but Ben Grogan missed a 44-yard field goal attempt in the final minute of the first half.
The Cowboys marched 58 yards in just four plays to score on their first possession of the second half.
Walsh passed to a wide open Jeremy Seaton for a 30-yard touchdown pass to cut the West Virginia lead to 24-21.
Walsh was 20 of 47 for 322 yards and 3 touchdowns, but had two interceptions.
His last interception came with OSU trailing 27-21 in the fourth quarter, when the Cowboys needed a touchdown to take the lead.
The Darwin Cook pick led to a Josh Lambert 31-yard field goal that put West Virginia up 30-21 in the final minutes and clinched the victory.
OSU’s special teams play was not good either.
Kip Smith had two poor punts that helped West Virginia with field position, and kicker Ben Grogan missed two field goals.
The Cowboys rushed for just 111 yards and were just 6 of 20 converting on third down.
It was OSU’s first visit to Morgantown since 1928.
The Cowboys lose their Big 12 opener and return home to host Kansas State next Saturday at 2:30.