Resilient Cowboys Beat West Virginia, Win Another Close Game
Oklahoma State came into Saturday’s contest against West Virginia in search of the program’s first win in Morgantown.
After a slow start by both offenses, which included a Mason Rudolph interception, it was the OSU defense that made the first impression. West Virginia QB Skyler Howard fumbled a snap into the end zone which Emmanuel Ogbah pounced on for the Cowboy touchdown. Pokes led 7-0.
The defense wasn’t done yet. West Virginia running back Rushel Shell fumbled the ball which was recovered by Emmanuel Ogbah for a second time in the game. That led to a 1 yard Rennie Childs touchdown run for OSU. Cowboys on top 14-0 early in the second.
The OSU defense forced a third West Virginia fumble by running back Wendall Smallwood inside the ten which Jordan Sterns recovered for the Cowboys.
But Mason Rudolph was sacked on the next play by Kyle Rose resulting in a West Virginia safety. Mountaineers trailed 14-2.
After the Pokes forced a punt, they rallied down the field which resulted in Ben Grogan 21 yard field goal. Cowboys extended their lead 17-2 which they took into the halftime locker room.
In the second half, WVU came out much more focused. They converted a big fourth down en route to a 29 yard touchdown run by Wendall Smallwood. West Virginia pulled to within eight at 17-9.
OSU would rally back though later in the 3rd. Mason Rudolph scrambled for 40 yards. That set up the “Power Walsh” package with J.W. Walsh throwing a four yard touchdown to Blake Jarwin. The field goal was muffed and the Cowboys had a 23-9 advantage.
Mountaineer’s QB Skyler Howard began to find his stride in the 3rd. He connected on a 48 yard touchdown strike to Sheldon Gibson. WVU within 7 at 23-16.
Mason Rudolph has struggled in the contest going 16 of 30, 163 yards and 3 interceptions as OSU led heading into the 4th 23-16.
West Virginia inched closer on a 38 yard field goal by Josh Lambert making it 23-19 Pokes.
With just over six minutes to play, Skyler Howard threw a costly interception to Devante Averette who returned it inside the red zone. Oklahoma State would add a 22 yard field goal giving them a 26-19 advantage.
West Virginia fired right back scoring on a 3 yard touchdown run by Skyler Howard to tie the game at 26.
The game would go to overtime where the Cowboys converted a 4th and goal on the 3 with a JW Walsh touchdown run giving them a 33-26 lead. Walsh had a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown.
The Mountaineers had a final shot to tie the game to force a second overtime, but Skyler Howard’s 4th down pass fell incomplete giving OSU the 33-26 win and making them bowl eligible.