Baker Mayfield all but secured the Heisman — if he hadn’t already — in his team’s 59-31 victory over West Virginia.
Although Mayfield was stripped of his captaincy and held out of the team’s first possession, it hardly mattered. The speedy backup, Kyler Murray, ripped off a 66-yard run the first play from scrimmage:
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Rodney Anderson punched it in one play later, and the Sooners never looked back.
And then, after two plays, Mayfield returned.
Once back in the game, he shredded the Mountaineer defense to the tune of 281 yards and three touchdowns, completing 14-of-17 passes. Oklahoma scored on every possession of which Mayfield was on the field.
Murray, who entered the game again later to spell Mayfield, completed two passes for 52 yards and a touchdown, as well as rushing the ball three times for 80 yards.
Anderson, who has scored 15 touchdowns in the last seven games, added four to his previous tally as well as rushing for 118 yards.
Down to their backup quarterback after a gruesome injury to Will Grier’s finger, West Virginia failed to mount much offense against the Sooners’ defense, seemingly calling off the dogs towards the end of the quarter. The Mountaineers’ quarterback Chris Chugunov went 10-for-20 for 137 yards.
The lone bright spot for the Mountaineers was their running game: Kennedy McKoy amassed 137 yards and three touchdowns. Justin Crawford rushed 17 times for 97 yards.
Oklahoma G Dru Samia was ejected from the game after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Like last week’s Jayhawks, OU’s opponent wasn’t afraid to muddy things up a little bit. Fortunately, Samia was the only disqualification on either side:
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Oklahoma will advance to the Big 12 Championship game next week against Texas Christian, who the Sooners handily defeated a few weeks ago. With a victory agains the Horned Frogs next week, the Sooners are a virtual lock to make the College Football Playoff.