The first matchup of Top 10 teams in the league this season, and a game that could end the Big 12 title chase.
Oklahoma and West Virginia braved the snow in Morgantown in a game that was chippy before it even started.
The Sooners roll into Mountaineer Field in Morgantown riding high on a seven game winning streak. But closely following the Sooners are the Oklahoma State Cowboys at No.11 and the West Virginia Mountaineers at No. 14.
In WVU's favor was a 167-61-4 (.728) all-time mark at Milan Puskar Stadium since it opened in 1980 and had posted 19 wins over ranked teams since 2001. Lucky for us, they play each other in the final week.
A victory by the OU, which had won its last 14 conference contests, and its game against No. 11 Oklahoma State - a 31-6 victor over TCU on Saturday - in the annual Bedlam Game would be for the league title. It would help the Sooners' résumé if the selection committee ranked Houston because then their only two losses of the season would be to CFP Top 25 teams (Houston and Ohio State).
Mayfield was only 4-for-7 passing at the break though two of his completions went for scores.
"The line of scrimmage is a big deal", continued Stoops, who has won all four meetings against WVU since the Old Gold and Blue joined the Big 12 in 2012. I like West Virginia to get the job done at home.
First they're tasked with slowing down this Oklahoma team. McKoy ran for 73 yards and West Virginia had a season-low 114 yards on the ground in struggling to close out the Longhorns after building a two-touchdown lead.
West Virginia's practice work this week against the 2-3 zone was early preparation for IL, but it came in handy when UNH coach Bill Herrion showed the defense Sunday.
West Virginia was on the 15-yard line, and Crawford would have had one chance at the record, but WVU elected to call a pass as time expired.
From there, Oklahoma returned to their all-too-familiar "coast mode", allowing the Mountaineers to bring the score to 41-28 before finally answering with two Baker Mayfield touchdown runs to ice the game.More news: Clinton wins New Hampshire's 4 Electoral College votes
The 11-play drive consumed 5:21 of the clock, which was important considering the West Virginia momentum. The big plus in this win was the return of Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine from suspension and injury respectively, combining for 224 rush yards between them.
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"That's not gonna win games", starting quarterback SkylerHoward said.
But good God that defense.
Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph looks to pass during the game between K-State and Oklahoma State in Bill Snyder Family Stadium on November 5, 2016.
Rudolph is the real deal, and he showed it with yet another dominating performance for the Oklahoma State quarterback against the Red Raiders.
The Sooners had not only one, but two running backs who rushed for more than 100 yards Saturday. More impressive is his turnover over ration as Rudolph has just thrown four interceptions this season. With this momentum and Rudolph throwing the ball, TCU could be in for a rude awakening.
If Rudolph has his usual game, TCU will have a hard time preventing the Cowboys from scoring.