West Virginia Dominated In Every Area In Blowout Defeat
NORMAN, Okla. – Never in all the years against the Miamis, the Penn States, the true perennial powers of the college football world, has an offense done to West Virginia what Oklahoma did.
The No. 4 Sooners treated WVU like their own personal punching bag, unloading on the Mountaineers for 45 points in the first half alone while scoring on every single possession. Oklahoma hit for touchdowns on their first six possessions, and operated effectively in every single facet of play in a 59-31 blowout that wasn’t that close.
After back-up-turning-starting quarterback Kyler Murray set the tone with a 66-yard run to set-up an opening score, Baker Mayfield entered on the second series and preceded to shred West Virginia’s secondary while completing 11-of-12 passes for 238 yards and two scores. Running back Rodney Anderson ran for four touchdowns on the ground and helped anchor an OU offense that put up almost 14 yards per play in the opening half.
It was as dominating a performance as the Mountaineer defense has ever allowed, and it cemented Oklahoma’s status as among the strongest of all-time performers at a per-play average of 8.3 yards – good for the third-most in NCAA FBS history. West Virginia couldn’t stop any single area and surrendered a whopping 443 yards by the break, and had forced just three third downs.
The second half was a complete afterthought, the only question how many times the teams would get into pushing matches and scuffles. It was a frequent occurrence over the first two quarters as the Mountaineers fell further behind, and it’s an aspect of the series that has marred play over the last three meetings. OU right guard Dru Samia was disqualified from the game after a dust up with WVU end Adam Shuler, and both teams continued to exchange words throughout the second quarter.
Multiple brief skirmishes marred much of the play, and incensed the OU crowd, which loudly booed the officials and the Mountaineers through portions of the contest. West Virginia did manage to hang in early via a surprise wildcat running game that took pressure off Chris Chugunov in his first career start while replacing the injured Will Grier. Back Kennedy McKoy ran effectively and scored on a one-yard run in the second quarter.
But a lost fumble by Justin Crawford and an overturned onside kick result for early touching hurt WVU’s ability to try to slug with the Sooners, and Oklahoma put together three consecutive touchdowns to end the first half to go with a salt-in-the-wound 51-yard field goal that came after West Virginia fumbled the ball on a hook-and-lateral play. It was essentially a microcosm of the execution mistakes that plagued the team all game, and it showcased the vast chasm between West Virginia and OU as the latter heads to the Big 12 championship game and perhaps another CFP berth.
Chugunov completed 10 of 20 passes for 137 yards. McKoy rushed for a career-high 37 yards and three scores, and David Sills caught three passes for 77 yards. Mayfield finished 14 of 17 for 281 yards and three scores. Anderson had 118 yards.
The Mountaineers finish a middling season at 7-5 overall, 5-4 in a league whose title race got away from them whenever Grier injured his hand versus Texas. WVU is now 0-6 vs OU in Big 12 play and awaits its bowl fate, which will not be announced until Sun., Dec. 3.