Nov 23, 2018; Morgantown, WV, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray (1) runs out of the pocket during the second quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Since joining the Big 12 in 2012, WVU has suffered 36-conference losses. Obviously, some of these losses have been more disappointing than others as WVU has occasionally fallen on hard times during this era.

Today, we take a look at WVU’s five most heartbreaking and disappointing losses in their Big 12 stint so far:

5. Oklahoma 56, WVU 28 (2016):
This was a difficult game all the way around. In what was a miserable blizzard in Morgantown, the Mountaineers put together their most miserable performance with the season on the line against the Sooners. Oklahoma rushed out to a 34-7 lead at the intermission over the Mountaineers, and never looked back. West Virginia was sitting at 8-1, and looked to fight their way to a Big 12 crown. However, it was simply not meant to be as Mayfield, Perine, and Westbrook were too much for Tony Gibson’s led defense this night.

4. TCU 39, WVU 38 (2OT) (2012): 

This one was truly hardest to watch. West Virginia had regained a 31-24 lead late in the fourth quarter, only to see our putrid 2012 defense surrender a 90-plus yard touchdown to the Horned Frogs to tie the game. The Mountaineers would eventually end up losing in double-overtime when Trevone Boykin found Josh Boyce in the end zone on a rollout pass. This win would have put West Virginia at 6-2, and back on track to have a success season. Instead, it would be the third loss of a five-game losing streak that season.

3. TCU 31, WVU 30 (2014):

The Horned Frogs have really broken our hearts since we joined the Big 12. WVU went up 27-14 in the fourth quarter, and looked well on their way to a 7-2 record and a second home victory over a nationally ranked opponent for the season. What would transpire is classic Tony Gibson. The defense would allow the Horned Frogs right back in the game, and Jaden Oberkrom would hit a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give TCU the win. This is the last time Gary Patterson’s team is featured on this list, but this may be the biggest disappointment as ESPN’s College Gameday was in Morgantown that November Saturday.

2. Oklahoma State 45, WVU 41 (2018):

Many WVU fans are still mad about this game. The Mountaineers were up 17 points at the half, and had they won the game, would have clinched a spot in the Big 12 Championship game. Instead, Taylor Cornelius, the lumberjack of a quarterback for the Cowboys, was allowed to run and throw all over the Mountaineer defense. Oklahoma State would score with very little time left, and escape with a 45-41 victory. However, a little redeeming quality from this game was the chain of events set in motion after this loss that brought Neal Brown to Morgantown. Nonetheless, this game had Dana Holgorsen written all over it.

1. Oklahoma 59, WVU 56 (2018):

Had it not been for Will Grier’s fumbles, WVU would have won the game. This would have easily been the biggest win for the Mountaineers in the Big 12, but in typical Holgorsen and Gibson fashion, the game was choked away. So much was riding on this game, and so many fans were showing up in full force for this contest. Expecting a show, these fans were given sadness, disappointment, and anger as both Will Grier and several other Mountaineers would play their last game in Morgantown. Had a couple of calls went the other way, WVU could have won this game. Instead, we are left with what is the most heartbreaking Big 12 game for WVU.