In a little less than two years on the job, Neal Brown has already won a road game against a ranked opponent. On November 16, 2019, Brown took his Mountaineers into Manhattan, Kansas and knocked off the 24th ranked Kansas State Wildcats, 24-20. While this was certainly a bright spot during a 5-7 season, the win didn’t carry as much weight as it could have if West Virginia was successful in Brown’s first season on the job.
Fast forward one season later and Brown has yet another opportunity against a ranked opponent on the road. This time, it could propel the Mountaineers into the Big 12 title conversation.
A win over 15th ranked Oklahoma State would not only be Brown’s biggest victory at WVU so far, but his first statement win in the Old Gold and Blue. The Mountaineers haven’t beaten the Cowboys since 2014, and haven’t won against a top-15 team on the road since defeating Texas 42-41 in 2018. Opening up conference play in 2020 snapping both of those streaks would be huge.
Neal Brown and company will have their chance to solidify themselves in the Big 12 this Saturday at 3:30 on ABC.