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Oklahoma Beats West Virginia 56-28, Forces Pivotal Bedlam Game

Oklahoma Beats West Virginia 56-28, Forces Pivotal Bedlam Game

The No. 9 Sooners handled business in a wintry Morgantown, beating the Mountaineers 56-28. With Oklahoma State’s dismantling of TCU on the same day, Bedlam will take on even more importance than normal. Ostensibly, playoff hopes are alive for both teams, provided that the dominos fall the right way.

The weather was a winter mix as expected, but the cold, sleet, rain, and snow didn’t seem to hinder Oklahoma’s offense whatsoever: they beat up West Virginia to the tune of 485 yards of total offense. Most of that came, predictably, on the ground. Samaje Perine carried the ball 31 times for 160 yards and two touchdowns, while Joe Mixon tallied one touchdown and 147 yards on 24 carries.

Oklahoma’s passing attack took a backseat due to the weather, but Baker Mayfield was still able to impart his usual mark on the game. Mayfield finished the game with four total touchdowns–two of them on the ground–and 169 passing yards.

DeDe Westbrook continues to vault himself into the Heisman conversation, breaking off a pair of receptions, one of which he took all the way to the endzone. Westbrook had two catches for 100 yards on the evening.

For West Virginia, few things went right. Oklahoma took a quick 21-0 lead in the first quarter, and extended it to 28-0 early in the second quarter. Although the Mountaineers attempted a comeback bid, turnovers sealed their fate. Skyler Howard threw one interception that Jordan Evans returned for a touchdown, and the Mountaineers fumbled the ball three times.

Junior running back Justin Crawford accounted for one of those fumbles, but he was the lone bright spot for West Virginia. He was forced into the three-down back role due to injuries, and he took advantage, running for 331 yards on 24 carries with a long of 61 yards. That’s an average of 13.8 yards per touch; Crawford submitted one of the best individual performances of the season so far.

This all sets up for a titanic Bedlam matchup that will not only decide the Big 12 champion, but perhaps a Final Four team–provided that chaos reigns. As we’ve seen time and time over in college football, chaos is king.

The Sooners and the Cowboys take each other on in Norman on December 3rd. No kickoff time has been set at time of writing.

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