West Virginia Nearly Upsets #3 Oklahoma in Norman

Norman, Oklahoma – The West Virginia Mountaineers went into Norman, Oklahoma and nearly upset the #3 ranked Oklahoma Sooners.

The Mountaineers got off to a quick start when redshirt freshman Garrett Greene led the team inside the redzone and scored a touchdown on a quarterback keeper to go up 7-0.  Following a touchdown by Oklahoma, it was a defensive battle for much of the first half.  Casey Legg hit a field goal at the end of the first half to give the Mountaineers a 10-7 lead at halftime.

In the second half, Oklahoma got the ball to start the half and drove down the field and hit a short field goal to tie the game 10-10.  West Virginia responded by driving down the field and got inside the 1 yard line before a false start put the Mountaineers back to the 6 yard line, where West Virginia had to settle for 3 points, pushing the lead to 13-10.

After Oklahoma tied it up 13-13, West Virginia was driving and on the way to a score late in the 4th quarterback before Zach Frazier snapped the ball when Jarret Doege wasn’t looking, losing 21 yards on the play.

Oklahoma got the ball back, drove down the field and kicked a field goal to win the game 16-13, breaking the hearts of 1.8 million Mountaineers.

Redshirt senior quarterback Jarret Doege finished the game 20/29 for 130 yards, 0 touchdowns and 1 interception.

Leddie Brown rushed 15 times for 56 yards and Garrett Greene added 15 yards on 5 carries.  West Virginia’s receiving corps had a tremendous game led by Winston Wright with 7 catches for 65 yards, Bryce Ford-Wheaton with 8 catches for 93 yards and Sam James with 5 catches for 21 yards.

Overall, it was a tremendous effort by West Virginia, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, but unfortunately they just fell short.  The Mountaineers return home next Saturday to play the Texas Tech Red Raiders on October 2nd at 3:30.  The game will be shown live on ESPN2.