Gearing up for game day: OU, West Virginia meet in first Big 12 matchup

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NORMAN, Okla.- After a season-opening shutout against the University of Louisiana-Monroe, the Sooners are gearing up for a tougher battle against Big 12 newcomer West Virginia.

Last weekend, OU beat ULM 34-0 by focusing more on the run rather than the passing game.

While many fans were expecting Knight to showcase his talent through the air, they were treated to a show by a mobile QB.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Trevor Knight rushed for 103 yards on 13 carries and threw three touchdown passes.

Knight became the first Oklahoma quarterback to rush for 100 or more yards in a game since Jason White in 2001.

The offense rushed for 305 yards led by Damien Williams, Brennan Clay and Roy FInch.

The Oklahoma defense also stepped up to the plate, allowing the Warhawks to cross midfield only twice.

The defensive line also shut down the ULM running game, forcing their senior quarterback to make plays with his arm.

Now, the Sooners are gearing up for a Big 12 battle against West Virginia this Saturday.

The Mountaineers defeated William and Mary 24-17 in their season opener.

As both teams’ offenses struggled at the start of their games, defense could play a major role in which one comes away with the win.

OU allowed 2.72 yards per play last week, while West Virginia allowed 5.33 yards per play against William and Mary.

While the Sooners quickly gained momentum through their run game, the Mountaineers also took to the ground to score, making OU and West Virginia No.1 and No. 2 in the Big 12 for running statistics.

However, the OU offense averaged just 27.2 yards per drive, coming in last in the conference.

The Mountaineers are led by quarterback Paul Millard and running back Charles Sims, who ran for 120 yards and scored one touchdown in last weekend’s win.

However, the player that is known for his athleticism is Nick O’Toole, the WVU punter.

He is known for his game-changing punts, averaging kicks of 50.6 yards in the first game.

The Sooners will take on the Mountaineers at Owen Field in Norman.

Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 6 p.m.

If you don’t have tickets, you can watch the game on FOX.

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