|3rd down efficiency||5-18||2-7|
|4th down efficiency||2-3||0-0|
|Yards per pass||5.6||17.4|
|Yards per rush||1.7||5.3|
Norman, OK – A depleted West Virginia Mountaineer (3-4, 1-3) team that has several freshmen playing in their defensive secondary was beaten down by the number one offense and fifth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners (7-0, 4-0) 52-14 Saturday afternoon. Sooners quarterback and Heisman hopeful Jalen Hurts padded his stats with going 16-17 for 316 yards and three touchdowns. Also adding another 75 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in the route.
West Virginia started the game with two touch passes to receiver Sam James for 16 and 11 yards. They ran the same play for the third straight time that resulted in a five-yard loss. Then back-to-back carries by Leddie Brown resulted in a 4th and 9. WVU punter Josh Growden and the coverage unit forced a fair catch at the OU seven-yard line.
The offensive juggernaut of Oklahoma began their opening drive ripping a 16-yard run from Kennedy Brooks. However, defensive tackle Reese Donahue sacked Hurts to set up a 3rd and 15 and the defense forced Hurts out of bounds four yards shy of a first down.
The Mountaineer offense went three and out on the ensuing possession, that even saw an appearance from redshirt freshman quarterback Trey Lowe. He ran it up the middle on 2nd and 10 before Jack Allison trotted back onto the field.
The Sooners went onto score four straight touchdowns but in the midst of Oklahoma’s dominance, WVU put together a scoring touchdown drive.
While facing a 4th and 4 at their own 31, West Virginia put the punting unit onto the field, except head coach Neal Brown reached into his bag of tricks and Growden rolled right and dumped it off to Dante Bonamico for seven yards and the first down.
Later in the drive, West Virginia was looking at a 4th and 6 at the OU 38-yard line. Being in four-down territory, the offense stayed on the field and Kendall hit TJ Simmons on an in-and-out route and raced down the sidelines for a 38-yard touchdown to get on the board.
Trailing 28-7 the Mountaineers finally got another stop, this time on a three and out, after great punt coverage the put Oklahoma at their own eight.
West Virginia started at midfield after the punt, then Kendall and the offense engineered a seven-play 51-yard drive that was capped off with Kendall buying some time before finding TJ Simmons in the back of the endzone to get within two possessions at the half, 28-14.
Oklahoma opened the second half with a six-play 75-yard touchdown drive and was the first of three consecutive touchdown drives as the Sooner defense held the Mountaineers to just 24 yards of total offense in the third quarter.
The Sooners added another field goal in the fourth quarter, while the Mountaineers were shutout in the second half in consecutive weeks.