The Mountaineers traveled to Stillwater, Oklahoma to take on the Cowboys on a warm, clear Saturday afternoon. West Virginia had everything on the line: a chance to earn a bid to the Big 12 title game as well possibly making the College Football Playoffs. The Cowboys were coming off a disappointing loss to the Sooners last weekend; Oklahoma State failed to complete a two point conversion play in the last seconds that would have clenched the win. Despite the disappointment, the Cowboys were looking to upset the ninth-ranked Mountaineers to throw a wrench in their dream season.
The Mountaineer defense bent in the first half allowing 208 yards, more importantly, they created three turnovers. Kenny Robinson caused a fumble with a bone crushing hit on a Cowboy receiver; Toyous Avery and Keith Washington both picked off Taylor Cornelius, the Cowboys’ quarterback. These turnovers helped West Virginia to a 31-14 lead at halftime.
The third quarter saw Oklahoma State grab the momentum of the game, cutting the lead to 31-24. The fourth quarter continued to move in the Cowboys’ favor. WVU kicked a field goal, only to quickly give up a touchdown on defense. The Mountaineers saw their lead dwindle to three with just under eleven minutes remaining. Will Grier led the team down the field, scrambled for a touchdown on fourth and five and with 7:37 remaining the lead stretched back to 34-24.
Taylor Cornelius would will his team down the field on two long drives scoring consecutive touchdowns. This put the Cowboys up 45-41 and gave West Virginia the ball back with 42 seconds left of the clock.
Will Grier would connect on long passes to Jennings and Sills, putting West Virginia in position on the fourteen yard line with just two seconds left. With one final play to win the game, the Mountaineers came up short. A.J. Green, a defensive back, was able to breakup the pass intended for David Sills, sealing WVU’s second loss of the season.
Will Grier went 27 of 48 for 364 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, West Virginia was led by Kennedy McKoy, going for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately, Kennedy had 131 of those yards in the first half. The team rushed for 162 yards in the first half, but in the second, was held to twenty seven yards on the ground.
In the second half, the defense was unable to control the Cowboys’ relentless attack. The Mountaineers were unable to control, or contain, Taylor Cornelius whether he was running or passing the ball. In the second half alone, Oklahoma State gained 396 yards. Taylor Cornelius struggled in the first half but finished 30 of 46, for 338 yards and 5 touchdowns. On the ground, Cornelius added 106 yards and a touchdown. Their traditional rushing attack was led by Chuba Hubbard, as he went for 134 yards. Cornelius’ favorite target during the game was Dillion Stoner, who gained 127 yards. Tylan Wallace hauled in two touchdowns to go along with 62 yards.
The Old Gold an Blue will next face off against Oklahoma next Friday. West Virginia beat the Sooners in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl, but has yet to beat them since joining the Big 12. The Mountaineers can still guarantee themselves a bid to the Big 12 Championship game with a victory on Black Friday.