Eight in a row, one to go.
What was supposed to be a primetime showcase for the Mountaineers turned into a first quarter demolition. We can complain about the run defense in the third quarter or getting too conservative on offense.
In the end, it’s still a 56-28 win.
It’s wasn’t a day to throw the ball 50 times, but Dede Westbrook maybe made his signature play of the season: He shook off a tackle from a West Virginia linebacker and then from almost a dead start, he outraced almost the entire WVU secondary to the end zone.
It was a quick hook to the jaw that complemented grinding body blows from OU’s running game.
Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine
Saturday night was further evidence that OU has the best duo of running backs in the country. Not the best single RB: Stats-wise, you’d have to go with either Texas’ D'Onta Foreman or Florida State's Dalvin Cook.
When you combine the skills and abilities of Perine and Mixon, you have the best overall blend of elite weapons at RB.
The first 15 minutes of the game was about as good as OU has played this season. The Sooners were clicking in every aspect of the game. It was a textbook example of how to dominate a road game right off the bat. OU took the crowd right out of the game.
Is he finally turning the corner and accessing all of that tremendous potential? He's in the middle of a three-game stretch where he’s making big-time catches, scoring touchdowns and forcing pass interference calls.
Defense in the first quarter and fourth quarter
Turnovers and punts.
In the fourth quarter, the D forced a turnover on downs, putting the offense back on the field to end the game.
Since the Kansas State game, OU is holding or extending leads in the fourth quarter.
Evans had been the poster boy for the ineffectiveness of the Sooner defense in the first half of the season: a senior not making big-time plays.
Now, he is making those plays in attacking quarterbacks and in pass coverage. His pick-six in the third quarter all but ended the game. (He could have had two more INTs.)
Evans' departure really started the downturn for the Sooner defense.
OU gave up way too many yards to the WVU running attack in the second and third quarters.
Mike Stoops didn't really adjust to the twin receivers looks that WVU continued to use.
WVU’s lack of composure
It was just plain sad. They were talking all game, and things got chippy from the start – constantly shoving OU’s players, especially trying to get after Mixon. OU had several drives aided by multiple personal foul penalties on the Mountaineers.
Passionate is one thing, out of control is another.