Sooners Strike Mountaineers In Morgantown, Perine Powerful In Win
Oklahoma’s football team took down West Virginia 45-33 in the Big 12 opener for both teams in Morgantown on Saturday night.
The Sooners improved to 4-0 this year and Bob Stoops won his 100th career Big 12 game.
OU struck first with a 42-yard field goal from Michael Hunnicutt to make it 3-0 Sooners.
West Virginia responded by going 80 yards in just four plays, with Clint Trickett passing to Kevin White for a 68-yard touchdown to give the Mountaineers a 7-3 lead.
Early in the second quarter, WVU extended the lead.
Josh Lambert kicked a 44-yard field goal, but the Mountaineers were called for holding and Lambert had to attempt a 54-yarder.
He booted that through as well and West Virginia led 10-3.
Oklahoma responded by going 75 yards in five plays.
Samaje Perine had a gain of 39, setting up some Sooner trickery.
On a reverse, receiver Durron Neal passed to quarterback Trevor Knight for the 3-yard touchdown to tie the game at 10.
The Mountaineers came right back on the ensuing possession, going 75 yards in six plays to take the lead.
Trickett passed to Mario Alford in the corner of the end zone, who just barely got a foot down for the 30-yard touchdown and a 17-10 WVU lead.
Oklahoma responded on their next drive as well, with Perine scoring from two yards out to cap a 75-yard drive in nine plays, tying the game at 17.
Perine rushed for 242 yards, the most by a true freshman since Adrian Peterson.
Then it was West Virginia’s turn, as the Mountaineers regained the lead with a 55-yard drive in five plays.
WVU got the ball in great field position after OU kicked onside, and appeared to be ready to recover the ball, but Aaron Franklin deflected it downfield and the Mountaineers recovered.
West Virginia then capped their drive with a five-yard touchdown run by Rushel Shell to go up 24-17.
Oklahoma’s response was even quicker this time, as Alex Ross returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for the touchdown to tie the game at 24.
After Julian Wilson’s 100-yard interception return last weekend, it’s the first time OU has had two 100-yard plays in the same season.
Ross becomes the sixth Sooner to have a 100-yard play in program history.
West Virginia got the ball back with 1:08 to play, but Trickett was intercepted by Zack Sanchez with two seconds left in the first half and the two teams went to the lockerroom tied at 24.
The Sooners marched to a touchdown to take the lead on the opening possession of the second half, with a seven-play, 75-yard drive.
Knight passed to Sherling Shepard for a gain of 37 on the drive, and Perine capped the drive with a nine-yard touchdown run to make it 31-24 Sooners with 12:22 to play in the third quarter.
West Virginia answered with a 31-yard field goal from Lambert to make it 31-27.
The two teams then traded turnovers.
West Virginia looked to be regaining the momentum when Wes Tonkery intercepted Knight at the OU 47.
The Mountaineers gave it right back two plays later, as Trickett was intercepted by Quentin Hayes at the Sooner 26-yard line.
The Sooners then responded by extending their lead.
Alex Ross gained 34 yards, and OU capped the nine-play 74-yard drive as Perine scored his third touchdown of the game on a five-yard run to make it 38-27 Sooners.
Perine ran in a 19 yarder for his fourth rushing touchdown of the night and put OU up 45-27.
The Sooners gave up one final Mountaineer touchdown with just over two minutes left, but ran out the clock out and won 45-33.