Impressive win for the Sooners against what I believe is a solid West Virginia team. The Mountaineers will win some games.
OU took advantage of three West Virginia turnovers in the fourth quarter to break the game open.
Eric Striker’s sack of Skyler Howard led to a Jordan Evans scoop and score in the fourth quarter, helping OU seal a victory in its Big12 opener.
The Sooners dominated the first half, leading the Mountaineers 24-7 and rolling up 296 yards against West Virginia’s top-ranked defense. Mayfield threw first half TD passes to Mark Andrews and Sterling Shepard, and Joe Mixon broke free for a 35 yard scoring run.
However, West Virginia came back to make the Sooners earn it in the second half.
Matt Dimon pressured Howard into a fumble with 5 minutes left in the third quarter, which DJ Ward recovered, leading to an Austin Seibert FG to put the Sooners up 30-17 after WVU had cut OU’s lead to seven.
Mayfield also hit Durron Neal with a 71 yard TD pass late in the third to put OU up 34-24 after the Mountaineers drew within three on Howard’s 50 yard keeper TD run.
Oklahoma’s defense sacked Howard seven times and Mayfield outplayed Howard all day, giving the Sooners a healthy dose of confidence heading to the Cotton Bowl to face a troubled Texas team next week.
Oklahoma is now 3-0 and a pretty solid team.
Sure, questions still remain. Offensive line, too many penalties, the defense against anyone that runs Baylor’s offensive scheme, but overall OU looks like a team that could win the unpredictable Big12 with a few breaks.
November will tell the tale now.
A win in Waco seems far fetched, but Baylor’s defense (heading into the Tech game anyway) looks shaky.
Today’s victory means OU should finish 10-2 or better for the regular season.
That’s a big improvement over last year’s season “Titanic’d.”
It’s going to take even better performances to win the conference, but at least Oklahoma is going to be a factor in the equation.
“Bounce Back” Bob will take that after last year.
And yes, I apologize for picking West Virginia. Stupidity is one of my strengths.