Sooners Slide Past WVU 56-28
The No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners (8-2) travelled to a chilly Morgantown for a nighttime showdown with the No.14 West Virginia Mountaineers (8-1). A win for Oklahoma would make the December 3rd Bedlam game a de facto Big 12 Championship after Oklahoma State handled business in Fort Worth earlier on Saturday.
The elements were a factor from the outset.Oklahoma failed to convert third down on their opening drive, however West Virginia muffed Austin Seibert’s punt and Sam Grant recovered, sending the Sooners offense back onto the field.
Oklahoma capitalized on the Mountaineers error, and went on to score the first touchdown of the game. Off the direct snap, Samaje Perine bull dozed his way into the end zone from two yards out.
The Sooners jumped out to an early lead, with nine minutes left in the first quarter. With a pitch and catch play, Baker Mayfield found Dede Westbrook who motored through West Virginia’s defense for the 75 yard touchdown reception.
Oklahoma’s offense continued to roll, still in the first quarter, Baker Mayfield found Jeffrey Mead in the back of the end zone with a five yard strike to cap off a nine play, 78 yard drive. With just under 3:30 to go in the opening quarter, Oklahoma was in control with the 21-0 lead.
At the start of the second quarter, the Mountaineers were off to a promising start, making their way to the red zone and poised to score, when Skyler Howard’s pass to Justin Crawford was dropped and Oklahoma’s Jordan Evans was there to recover the fumble.
Mental miscues plagued the Mountaineers, after two costly penalties by the WVU defense, the Sooners marched into scoring territory. Joe Mixon scored his first touchdown of the night on a five yard run to finish an eight play, 96 yard sequence. Oklahoma took a commanding 28-0 lead with more than ten minutes remaining in the second.
Then it was a deja vu miscue for West Virginia. Inside the five yard line and on the brink of a touchdown, the Mountaineers fumbled the ball again, only to be recovered by Oklahoma, again.
With all the snow on the ground, the snowball effect came too. The Sooners scored again on a nine yard touchdown run by Samaje Perine, extending OU’s lead to 34-0 with just over two minutes left in the half.
The Mountaineers scored their first touchdown of the game with 1:13 left in the half. Skyler Howard went airborne with a 20 yard touchdown pass to Jovone Durante.
Oklahoma finished the first half with 358 yards of offense, heading to the locker room with a 34-7 lead.
The weather cleared up at the start of the second half, but things didn’t get any better for WVU. Jordan Evans continued his streak of interceptions and his tradition of scoring against the West Virginia offense. In the third quarter Evans had a pick six, with an 80 yard return.
West Virginia’s defense responded with an interception of their own. Rasul Douglas intercepted Mayfield’s pass which eventually set up an ensuing scoring drive for the Mountaineers completed with a six yard touchdown run by Skyler Howard.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Howard returned to the promised land for his second rushing touchdown of the night. The Mountaineers made it a 41-21 game with 14 minutes left on the clock.
Things got interesting when WVU continued to chip away at OU’s big lead with a 37 yard touchdown connection from Howard to Ka’Raun White.
The Sooners offense finally came back to life with a Baker Mayfield one yard touchdown run, and a successful two point conversion. The Sooners led 49 – 28 with five minutes left to go in the game.
Baker Mayfield would add a touchdown late in the game and Oklahoma picked up a 56-28 win over the Mountaineers. It sets up Bedlam for the Big 12 Championship on December 3rd.