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Gameday WVU vs. Oklahoma State: November 6



MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU head coach Neal Brown’s team is seemingly on the uphill climb.

Back to .500 after two solid conference wins over the TCU Horned Frogs and a No. 22 Iowa State Cyclone team, the Mountaineer football team will be truly tested today. The No. 11 Oklahoma State Cowboys are on the road to Milan Puskar Stadium, bringing with them a, 8-4 series record which includes a six-game win streak. The Pokes are 7-1 on the season, and head coach Mike Gundy is seeking nearly a decade’s worth of wins against the Mountaineers today. He’s armed with redshirt junior quarterback Spencer Sanders, now in his first matchup with the Mountaineers following two injuries in 2019 (thumb) and 2020 (ankle).

Even with Sanders back, this game is primed for stellar defensive play. WVU defensive coordinator Jordan Lesley has produced a scheme that No. 12 nationally in red zone defense, No. 29 in third-down defense, No. 31 in rushing defense, and No. 32 in first-down defense. West Virginia also leads the Big 12 and ranks No. 4 in the nation in tackles for loss with 7.2 per game, helped immensely by senior defensive lineman Dante Stills, who leads the conference. Senior linebacker Josh Chandler-Semedo ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 in total tackles, and leads the conference in solo tackles. The program also sits at No. 3 in the Big 12 in sacks, registering 2.5 per game.

Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles has a great thing going in Stillwater too. In his fourth year with the Cowboys, Knowles’ team has allowed fewer than 100 yards of offense in a half in six of its past seven games. They’ve also won 76 consecutive games when holding opponents to fewer than 20 points, and have held opponents to fewer than 20 first downs through seven straight games. This is a defense that ranks No. 8 in first down defense, allowing only 124 first downs through eight games. The Cowboys’ defense only chalks up 200.1 passing yards allowed per game, ranking No. 32 in the nation. Individually, senior linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez leads the Big 12 in tackles (78 total, 40 solo), a lead that Chandler-Semedo is right on the heels of.

At a freezing cold Milan Puskar Stadium today, Mountaineer fans are in for a physical game. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. and those watching from home can tune in here. Catch up on all the pregame festivities and updates, including Military Appreciation Day and the lead-up to Major Harris’ number retirement, down below.

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