11 Oklahoma State 21 West Virginia 30
It started well for Oklahoma State, it just ended ugly. In the first quarter, Josh Stewart scored in the first touchdown of the game as he caught a 73 yard pass from JW Walsh to take a 7-0 lead. Then disaster hit for the eleventh ranked Cowboys. West Virginia went on a seventeen point run. Ishmael Banks started the run with a 58 interception return and Kevin White caught a 17 yard touchdown to put the Mountaineers up 14-7 at the end of one. After a Josh Lambert field goal and a Charles Sims touchdown the score at half time was 24-14. Tracy Moore had a grab of 27 yards from Walsh to break the OSU drought.
In the second half it was more of the same for Oklahoma State as they could only muster another touchdown. For his third passing touchdown Walsh hit Jeremy Seaton for 30 yards and the score to narrow the lead at the end of three 24-21. West Virginia put it away in the fourth quarter as they kicked two field goals, as Lambert connected on a 27 and a 34 yarder. The 34 yard field goal came with 1:28 remaining and locked the victory. The Mountaineers defense took care of the rest and shut down the Cowboys offense to finalize the score 30-21.
JW Walsh had a tremendous game as he passed for 322 yards and three touchdowns, the two interceptions were not as planned, especially the pick six to Banks. The Oklahoma State running game was just as abysmal as the two interceptions. As three Cowboys could only gain a total of 111 yards on 40 carries a 2.8 yard per carry average. It also does not bode well when your leading carrier is the quarterback, and your leading ball carrier has 1 yard rushing on 15 attempts. Josh Stewart led all OSU receivers with 7 receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown.
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West Virginia had a solid passing game as Clint Trickett in his first collegiate start as a Mountaineer went 24/50 for 309 yards and a touchdown, but he also had two interceptions. Trickett was named the starter when Ford Childress went down last week due to injury. Sims was the leading ball carrier as he had 60 yards on the ground, more than half of Oklahoma State total, and a touchdown. Sims also led in receptions as he had 5 catches for 82 yards.
Both teams did not have an outstanding offensive productive day as both defenses maintained control throughout. The offensive side was dominated by West Virginia as they led in first downs, and time of possession. They also had a positive 1 on the turnovers. The turnovers led to 13 points on the Mountaineers behalf. The three turnovers were the most OSU had in their first three games combined. Oklahoma State did lead in total offense 433-385, but this is slightly misleading as the yards per carry dictate.
This is a nice bounce back for West Virginia as they were steamrolled by Maryland last week 37-0. The Mountaineers are now (3-2, 1-1 Big 12). The Cowboys who fall now to (3-1, 0-1). Not only were they effected by the turnovers, but also plagued by continuous drops, poor punting, errant passing, missed field goal, and had 10 penalties for 96 yards. This is the first time OSU has made the trip to Morgantown since 1928.