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OSU Running Game and Defense Lead Way to Win Over West Virginia

Oklahoma State's football team beat West Virginia 50-39 at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, West Virginia, on Saturday.

OSU's running game, and a defense that forced five Mountaineer turnovers was the difference in the win.

The Cowboys rushed for 246 yards, and in addition to the five defensive turnovers, held West Virginia to just 2-for-15 on third down.

The Cowboys turned the ball over on their first two possessions, then scored touchdowns on their next two.

On the first play of the game, OSU running back Justice Hill broke loose for a gain of 39 yards to the West Virginia 36-yard line.

On the next snap, Hill carried again, but had the ball stripped by the Mountaineers' Kyzir White, who also recovered it at the West Virginia 33.

Hill was injured on the play, went to the OSU lockerroom, and didn't return until the second half.

The Mountaineers were forced to punt, and the Cowboys once again turned the ball over.

J.D. King fumbled and West Virginia's Mike Daniels recovered at the OSU 36-yard line.

West Virginia turned it right back to the Cowboys on the next play, as Will Grier was intercepted by Ramon Richards, who returned it to the 50.

The Cowboys then took advantage, with Mason Rudolph finding James Washington for a gain of 13 on 4th and 1 at the WVU 31, then again to Washington for a 13-yard touchdown to give OSU a 7-0 lead with 7:20 to play in the first quarter.

Oklahoma State's next possession resulted in another touchdown, as OSU marched 77 yards in 14 plays, with Rudolph keeping from a yard out for the score.

A poor hold by Zach Sinor caused a missed extra point by Matt Ammendola and it was 13-0 Cowboys with 1:02 to play in the first quarter.

West Virginia got a 40-yard pass play from Will Grier to David Sills late in the first quarter.

It set up a 23-yard field goal by Evan Staley to cut OSU's lead to 13-3.

OSU answered with a 35-yard field goal by Ammendola to extend the lead to 16-3 with 7:57 to play in the first half.

The Cowboys' defense came up with a big play next, as Jordan Brailford stripped the ball from West Virginia running back Justin Crawford, and Taaj Bakari recovered for OSU on the Mountaineers' 20-yard line.

From there, J.D. King found a hole for a 20-yard touchdown run and the Cowboys led 23-3 with 4:46 to play in the first half.

King finished with 142 yards rushing on 36 carries.

West Virginia responded with their first touchdown drive, going 60 yards in eight plays, capped with a one-yard TD by Kennedy McKoy to make it 23-10 Cowboys with 20 seconds to play in the first half.

The Mountaineers got the ball to start the second half and turned it over, with Grier throwing an interception on a deep pass, picked off by A.J. Green at the OSU 39-yard line.

The Cowboys took seven plays to go 61 yards, with Rudolph passing to J.D. King for a 6-yard touchdown to make it 30-10 with 11:21 to play in the third quarter.

Rudolph's TD pass broke the OSU career record of 75 previously held by Brandon Weeden.

Rudolph was 20 of 34 passing for 216 yards and 3 touchdowns.

He also passed Zac Robinson's as OSU's career leader for touchdowns responsible for.

The two teams then traded turnovers.

L.D. Brown fumbled a pitch from Rudolph and David Long recovered for West Virginia.

The Mountaineers gave it right back, as Jerel Morrow intercepted Grier and returned it to the West Virginia 44-yard line.

Ammendola missed a 49-yard field goal wide right and West Virginia got the ball back with 6:00 left in the third quarter.

Another special teams mistake later in the quarter by OSU led to a West Virginia touchdown.

WVU's Osman Kamara blocked a punt by Zach Sinor in the end zone, and Marvin Gross recovered for a touchdown to make it 30-17 Cowboys with 3:55 to play in the third quarter.

Two snaps later, the Mountaineers got another score, as Rudolph was intercepted by Kenny Robinson, who returned it 39 yards for a touchdown and suddenly it was 30-24 OSU with 3:05 to play in the third quarter.

After four straight failed offensive possessions, the Cowboys responded with a touchdown, a five-yard run by Hill to cap a 48-yard drive in 9 plays, making it 37-24 OSU with 10:38 to play in the fourth quarter.

The OSU defense got another turnover on the ensuing possession, with Green getting his second interception of the day, returning it 58 yards to the West Virginia 17-yard line.

Two plays  later, Rudolph threw to James Washington for a 19-yard touchdown.

Washington had 7 catches for 91 yards and two scores.

OSU went for two points and failed, and it was 43-24 with 8:22 to play in the fourth quarter.

West Virginia got a big offensive play next, with Grier passing deep to Marcus Simms for a 68-yard touchdown and it was 43-31 OSU with 7:32 to play.

Oklahoma State responded with an 18-yard touchdown run by Hill to cap a 7-play, 57-yard drive, making it 50-31 with 3:47 to play.

Hill had 86 yards rushing on 12 carries.

The Mountaineers got a 9-yard touchdown from Grier to Ka'Raun White, then a 2-point conversion on a pass from Grier to David Sills to trim the OSU lead to 50-39 with 1:25 to play.

Grier was 20-for-42 passing for 285 yards and two touchdowns, but also had four interceptions.

Oklahoma State improves to 7-1 overall, 4-1 in conference play.

Next up for the Cowboys is Bedlam on Saturday, November 4,  at home at 3:00 vs. Oklahoma.