West Virginia Ruins Homecoming For Cowboys, 34-10

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Oklahoma State struggled on offense and kept their defense on the field for too long as West Virginia beat the Cowboys 34-10 on homecoming at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater on Saturday.

West Virginia marched to a touchdown on their opening possession, going 62 yards in five plays.

Clint Trickett passed over the middle to Kevin White for a 19-yard touchdown to put the Mountaineers on top 7-0.

After forcing OSU to punt after four downs, West Virginia took just three plays to add to the lead.

Trickett found Mario Alford over the middle, and he outraced the Cowboy secondary for a 79-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead with 7:49 to play in the first quarter.

Trickett was 21-for-30 passing for 238 yards.

OSU began to move the ball on their next possession when Daxx Garman completed four passes of 11 yards or more, but it ended when Garman was intercepted by Drayvon Henry at the West Virginia 14-yard line.

Early in the second quarter, the Cowboys got on the board, as Ben Grogan kicked a 40-yard field goal to cut the Mountaineer lead to 14-3.

OSU's next possession resulted in a touchdown, as the Pokes went 89 yards in six plays.

Brandon Sheperd gained 51 yards on a reverse, and on the next play, Garman passed to a wide open Teddy Johnson for an 8-yard touchdown to cut the WVU lead to 14-10 with 8:34 to play in the first half.

Garman was 21-for-41 passing for 242 yards.

After stopping West Virginia again, OSU got a 38-yard pass play to James Washington.

It set up a 36-yard field goal attempt by Ben Grogan, but he missed it wide right and it stayed 14-10 Mountaineers.

On the first possession of the second half, West Virginia marched to a 39-yard field goal by Josh Lambert to make it 17-10.

West Virginia's next possession didn't lead to points, but it ate up over 7 minutes off the clock, and after stopping OSU, the Mountaineers did score on their next possession.

Once again WVU ate up some time off the clock, 4:20 this time, and Lambert kicked a 43-yard field goal to make it 20-10 Mountaineers with 10:14 to play in the fourth quarter.

West Virginia put the game away a few minutes later, as Drayvon Henry intercepted Garman and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown to make it 27-10 with 4:44 to play.

OSU gave the ball up on downs, and it took WVU just one play to score, with Dreamius Smith going 40 yards on a touchdown run to make it 34-10 with 3:12 to play.

West Virginia finished with time of possession more than 7 minutes greater than OSU.

The Cowboys dropped to 5-3, 3-2 in Big 12 play, while WVU improved to 6-2, 4-1 in the conference.

OSU visits Kansas State next Saturday.