Penalties and Bad Play-Calling Hurt WVU in the First Half

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WVU currently trails Oklahoma State 20-7 at halftime in Stillwater.

The Mountaineers found offensive success in the first half, but time and time again shot themselves in the foot with penalties. WVU finished the first half with 8 penalties for 70 yards – most coming at crucial and inconvenient times during the game.

The play-calling for the Mountaineers has also been subpar. Deep balls have been the name of the game, and choosing to throw them on early downs has gotten WVU behind the chains on several drives. If they wish to climb back into the game, a different approach must be taken in the second half.

Jarret Doege finished 14-for-23 with 222 yards and one touchdown in the first half, but the offense was only able to muster 48 rushing yards. Defensively, WVU has been solid outside of a 66-yard touchdown allowed to L.D. Brown in the second quarter.

WVU will be looking to find a spark in the second half, and it must be found soon.