Oklahoma’s football team got a 29-yard field goal from Gabe Brkic to beat West Virginia 16-13 in the Big 12 openers for both teams at Owen Field in Norman on Saturday night.
West Virginia got the ball first and methodically marched 75 yards in 17 plays, taking 9:07 off the clock, with Garrett Greene keeping at quarterback for a 2-yard touchdown run and it was 7-0 Mountaineers with 5:54 to play in the first quarter.
Oklahoma answered with their own touchdown drive, going 52 yards in 7 plays, with Spencer Rattler throwing to Eric Gray for a gain of 38 yards, then to Austin Stogner for a 5-yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7 with 2:47 to play in the first quarter.
Rattler was 26-for-36 for 256 yards passing.
On 3rd and 14 on their next possession, Jarret Doege threw a deep pass intercepted by Delarrin Turner-Yell at the OU 24-yard line.
Oklahoma couldn’t do anything with it, however and the two teams exchanged two punts before another turnover.
Jackie Matthews intercepted Rattler at the WVU 32-yard line, but once again they couldn’t capitalize and had to punt.
OU had to punt as well, and the Mountaineers marched to get a 25-yard field goal by Casey Legg as time expired in the half to give WVU a 10-7 lead at halftime.
The Sooners had 91 total yards at halftime and there was a “we want Caleb” chant from some fans, wanting backup quarterback Caleb Williams to replace Rattler, who was 7-for-11 for 73 yards passing at halftime.
Oklahoma got the ball to start the second half and got a 28-yard field goal by Gabe Brkic to tie it at 10-10 with 11:26 to play in the third quarter.
Rattler passed to Michael Woods for a gain of 35 yards to set up the score.
West Virginia answered with their own field goal to regain the lead.
Leddie Brown gained 20 yards on a run to the OU 16-yard line, setting up a 21-yard field goal by Legg to make it 13-10 Mountaineers with 5:21 to play in the third quarter.
Oklahoma went on a 16-play drive to tie it up midway through the fourth quarter, with Gabe Brkic kicking a 35-yard field goal to make it 13-13 with 8:52 to play.
OU had a holding penalty and endured a sack that contributed to the drive stalling.
West Virginia was driving and in field goal range when a bad snap to Doege cost the Mountaineers a 21-yard loss and they were forced to punt.
The Sooners then took the ball and ran out the clock, going on a 14-play, 80-yard drive that culminated in Brkic’s game-winning field goal.
The Sooners are 9-0 against West Virginia in the Big 12 era.
OU improves to 4-0 on the season.
The Sooners visit Kansas State next Saturday at 2:30 pm.