Mountaineers Travel to Stillwater to Take on a Desperate Cowboy Team
#9 West Virginia Mountaineers (8-1, 6-1)
Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-5, 2-5)
Kickoff 3:30 pm est
Location: Stillwater, OK (Boones Pickens Stadium)
Weather: 51º Mostly Cloudy
Announcers: Sean McDonough and Todd Blackledge
Sideline Reporter: Holly Rowe
|Points Per Game||40.9||39.2|
|Points Allowed Per Game||20.9||31.7|
|Pass Yards Allowed||233.2||255.5|
|Rush Yards Allowed||121.0||171.4|
West Virginia heads to Stillwater to end a three-game skid against Oklahoma State. The Mountaineers last win came inside Boones Pickens Stadium in 2014. The Cowboys lead the all-time series 5-4 and are 4-2 against the Mountaineers since the reconfiguration of the Big 12.
Oklahoma State started the season 3-0 including a win over nationally ranked Boise State. Since then, they’ve faltered, losing four out of their last five games; however, they beat Texas at home in late October for one of their two Big 12 wins and took No. 6 Oklahoma down to the final seconds last week in Norman. They are 2-2 against current ranked opponents. Both wins were in Stillwater.
Despite being a .500 team, the Cowboys are not short on talent. Justice Hill was a preseason first team All-Big 12 selection and is playing like an all-conference running back, averaging 5.9 yards a carry. Hill is third in the Big 12 in rushing yards per game (93.0) and has at least one rushing touchdown in 12 straight games.
|SEASON||CMP||ATT||YDS||CMP%||YPA||LNG||TD||INT||SACK||RAT||RAW QBR||ADJ QBR|
During conference play the Cowboy offense is third in total offensive yards per game (477.9) and fifth in points per game (33.6)
Oklahoma State’s defense lives and dies by the blitz. They are second in the country in sacks with 36 and 7th in tackles for a loss per game (7.7). Defensive end Jordan Brailford leads the team in both categories. Jordan has 15.5 TFL’s and nine sacks on the season. Jarrell Owens on the other end has contributed five sacks on the season.
Despite causing havoc in the backfield, the Cowboys haven’t been able to stop teams. They’re last in rushing yards allowed (213.1) and total yards allowed per game (483.0) in Big 12 play.
Fifth year senior linebacker Justin Phillips provides leadership to the defense. He leads the team in tackles with 74 tackles, 53 of them are solo. He’s complemented by hard hitting linebacker Calvin Bundage.
This young secondary is led by senior safety Kenneth Edison-McGuder. He set career highs last week in Norman with 12 tackles, two sacks, and three tackles for losses.
Sophomore Cornerback Rodarius Williams leads the team in pass breakups (8) and interceptions (2).
The Mountaineer defense has arguably become the best defense in the Big 12, ranking second in the conference in pass yards, rushing and total yards allowed. They’re first in forced turnovers with nine interceptions and six fumble recoveries and second in sacks (19) during conference play.
David Long is second in the nation in TFL per game (1.9) and leads the team in sacks with eight. All eight sacks have come during conference play and it leads the Big 12.
The Mountaineer offense has averaged 541 yards and 49 points the last three games. Heisman Candidate Will Grier has thrown for 1,042 yards and nine touchdowns during that span.
This game could very well be a shootout with two of the nations top offenses trying to out do one another. However, Oklahoma State tends to start throwing the ball around if they go down by two or more possessions early, going away from one of their best playmakers Justice Hill.
With an inspired West Virginia defense and an offense that’s clicking on all cylinders, I expect the Mountaineers to jump on top of the Cowboys early. Oklahoma State will try and grab the momentum back attempting to take shots down the field. Defensive coordinator Tony Gibson has done a good job of picking his spots to send pressure and the Mountaineer defense will get pressure on Taylor Cornelius, forcing him to make bad decisions.
Mountaineers grab the lead early and roll in this one 55-17.
WVU Player Stats
|Kennedy McKoy||91||500||5.5||38 (TD)||4|
|Martell Pettaway||74||458||6.2||55 (TD)||4|
|Alec Sinkfield||17||64||3.8||9 (TD)||1|
|David Sills V||49||697||14.2||65 (TD)||12|
|Marcus Simms||37||635||17.2||82 (TD)||2|
|Gary Jennings Jr.||40||600||15.0||53 (TD)||10|
|T.J. Simmons||19||264||13.9||59 (TD)||1|
|Trevon Wesco||18||252||14.0||32 (TD)||1|
|Tevin Bush||11||166||15.1||62 (TD)||1|
|Dominique Maiden||5||78||15.6||40 (TD)||1|
|Leddie Brown||1||15||15.0||15 (TD)||1|