You are looking live at Mountaineer Field and the gold-on-gold clad WVU football team. The Mountaineers will wear those once again tonight and for the sixth time ever. They’re 3-2 all-time in the gold rush get up.
A quick note before we start: Pat Miller, who totally quit in the middle of the week, guys, is on tonight’s dress list.
Let’s proceed …
Game story at 1 a.m. Enjoy? http://www.charlestondailymail.com/Sports/201211180002
Ouch. Tough way to lose this, but the way this is going, who knows. I will say this: Bob Stoops should be fired if Tavon gets his hands on the ball here.
That’s just poor.
Belldozer is highly questionable here.
And look at Pat Miller in for crunch time snaps.
Stoops running it still. That’s 12 plays thathave lost or failed to gain yards.
Special teams! Hang on folks, this is fun.
This is absurd. There are people in the athletic director’s box screaming and cheering and yelling “Hello!” likely as a nod of the cap to Bob Stoops and that commercial he’s in.
Head down, writing, but Tavon just tore up my story, again. with a 47-yard run.
There’s the middle post. Had to happen.
I was remarking during the play that Oklahoma’s receivers quit on the play…turns out the play never happened. Timeout.
Bad cut there. Williams cuts inside and he runs longer. Useful call on the screen, though.
What a call that was. Faked the screen and caught the corner flat-footed. Perfect throw, too. Madness here.
And Oklahoma might have no business running the ball, unless it’s just happy with its chances on third-and-long … which is acceptable.
Problem with the two-point try, once it fails, is that if Oklahoma scores a touchdown and kicks the PAT, you now need two scores. kick the PAT there and if Oklahoam gets a touchdown, it’s still a one-possession game.
WVU’s lasat four scoring drives: 91, 78, 92 and 97 yards.
And, man, I wouldn’t be going for two here.
Hey, five plays, 97 yards, no biggie.
This is absurd. Oklahoma’s defense is spinning.
Lots of lunging and arm tackling here. Lots of snaps by the Oklahoma defense.
This might be WVU’s game. Geno got smacked on the blind side and the ball navigated between three defenders for a 35-yard gain.
Tavon just announced as the first player in school history to score a touchdown four different ways in the same season. I’m begging for a halfback pass coming up. You may be begging for the next PAT attempt.
There’s your opening, and Landry Jones will not be your offensive player of the week.
Tavon had no receptions in the third quarter. Gotta get him the ball more.
Oklahoma has 10 running plays for a loss or no gain. Oklahoma has 23 running plays.
Sooner or later, Oklahoma is going to find the guy slanting across the middle, right?
#TeamGoForIt … discuss. That’s momentous.
And so does the timeout there. Too many men?
Petteway in coverage. That’s a big play in a big spot. Oklahoma’s offense confuses me.
For the prior comment, it would help to get off the field and keep the Sooners defense breathing heavy on the field.
Now seems like a good time to mention this: Kansas State and Notre Dame pretty much wore Oklahoma down in the second half. That was a long drive and WVU seems very patient here.
Oh, no. Bitancurt misses an extra point and it’s 38-30.
That’s silly. And that’s a 6:03 scoring drive for WVU. Gives the defense a break, so let’s see what happens here.
I have to wonder if Tavon is wearing himself out running on and off the field. It seems like a lot of running.
And 70 of those game on one play against Marshall.
Tavon had 103 yards rushing the first nine games, by the way.
Geno with a block on the defensive end on the reverse. Had to do it.
Hey! First career statistic for Cody Clay. He told me this week that teammates had nicknamed him “Offensive Prostitute” because, as a fullback, tight end and inside receiver, he’ll do anything the coaches ask.
Something to monitor: WVU has played the last four Big 12 offensive players of the week. Landry Jones is already 21-for-28 for 352 yards and four scores.
Made it harder than it needed to be because Saunders was again open on the middle route. But a touchdown is a touchdown.
Yuck. Short gain turns into a 52-yard pass play with missed tackles by Chestnut and Joseph. Momentum slaughterer.
Tavon’s 20 yards away from the school’s all-purpose record.
Big Jump Around. It’s percolating, just a little bit.
Longest rush of the season, of course, as that one covers 74 yards and makes this a game again. Tavon has the longest three rushes of the season.
… and Tavon is faster.
Oklahoma defense pretty fast. WVU vacated the left side with Bailey’s motion left to right. A linebacker tackles Buie.
Same play, short gain. Halftime.
Not sure that was a terrible decision or a bad throw by Geno. That play wasn’t going anywhere and WVU gets one more play with 1 seconds to go.
Curious call there. First-and-10 at the WVU 46 with 9 seconds to go and it’s a run for a 5-yard gain. That kills four seconds and robs WVU of its final timeout.
Stoops does not get the field goal he angled for there. Down 31-17 at the half, the fifth time in 14 halves of Big 12 football that WVU has allowed 30 or more points.
Caught a break there. No. 3 was open on the slant across the middle … and OU has not looked there all game.
Bob Stoops certainly seems content with a field goal here.
Safety followed that play again. Geno stared down Stedman and floated the pass and 30 ran over to get the tip. I’m willing to listen to concerns about his arm
There was no one near that play. And WVU was doing a very good job on the run.
OK, 3:38 to go and OU leads 24-17. Major momentum at stake right here.
Touchback, I guess.
Bitancurt in to kick …
And that play came with Tavon on the sideline. Maybe explains the pressure by Oklahoma. Maybe the last time we see that.
That’s what you have to do to win this. Lofted the pass against man coverage and gave your receiver a chance. Geno’s made bad throws, but that was a good one.
I’m surprised by how much Tavon is coming out of the game, or that he’s being take out. Remember this?
And there’s your wheel route to Tavon.
The good part of the jersey switch? Austin Copeland can blame that on Travares Copeland.
Snap! This is good, too.
The highlight video for this defense well be played with a Dixie Chicks song. WIDE OPEN SPACES…
And let’s not ignore the irony that West Virginians can’t find Stills.
/Working on a postgame question about Tavon at cornerback.
Oklahoma’s 71 is getting into it with Josh Francis every so often and Francis is trying to draw a flag. Kyle Rose is telling Francis to go onto the next play.
Geno off the backfoot and shorthops the receiver.
WVU has six and each is a touchdown.
All 13 are touchdowns, in case you’re wondering.
That’s also the 13th scoring drive to last 60 seconds or fewer.
WVU has five of those 50-yard plays. The tie lasted 18 seconds.
Well, that happened … 76-yard touchdown. Second longest of the season against WVU and eighth of 50 or more yards.
Oh boy, if Bailey isn’t there, that return is out the back end and the Sooner is alone with Bitancurt. But Bailey makes the play.
The special teams tension is palpable here…
In the 10th game an with 10 minutes to go, it’s tied 10-10.
Tie game and WVU is kind of outperforming Oklahoma.
#TeamGoForIt … your thoughts?
Sideline not happy with Geno’s audible there from a pass to a run by Tavon that went nowhere.
Stop. Running. WVU is excited, so much so that Korey Harris summons a hip thump that that sent Josh Francis flying. he needed to be helped to the sideline.
And WVU got zero yards.
Let’s agree to call that an important possession. Tavon got zero touches.
The bubble formation with Tavon in at running back is interesting. Oklahoma has to put three defenders on the three receivers. A fourth covers Stedman.
It’s 5-on-5 at the point of attack and Tavon, if he gets through, is good enough to make a guy miss. I wonder if they find a way to throw him a screen or something out of the backfield up up the field.
Geno stared at Stedman on that one and the defender was close enough to catch the bobble. HAve to cure that.
All of Tavon’s 66 yards that quarter (51 rushing, 15 receiving) came as a running back.
That ball hit the ground and everyone on WVU acted like it was a rubella bomb and ran as far as possible from the ball.
And Landry Jones seems to hurry some of his decisions.
That’s a good first quarter for Darwin Cook. He made a few important plays. Also, why is Oklahoma running?
WVU wrinkling quite a few things so far, too. Stedman was in the slot in a four-receiver set there. Add that to the tight trips formation and Tavon at running back.
#TeamGoForIt … your thoughts?
Tavon’s 31-yard run is the longest since Andrew Buie’s 30-yard run against Texas and the second-longest run of the season. Longest? Tavon’s 70-yarder against Marshall.
OK, I’m thinking you have to keep this Tavon package rolling in some capacity.
Dante Campbell with a block on the short screen.
Spain shows up on the outside zone play, and so far, he’s been OK.
Garrison in at running back, so that Tavon thing is probably done for the night.
Defense was put in a bad spot, but game up 18 yards and a 33-yard field goal. The first-quarter deficit is growing, though.
Terrell Chestnut with proper position and saves a touchdown with a clinical play. Wow.
Oklahoma 4-for-4 on third down…
The play clocks are out on both ends of the field here. Definitely something to watch here.
I thought at first that was Nehlen’s fault for stopping. That was a bad pass. And Colvin nearly one-handed an interception a few plays earlier.
So far, Oklahoma is having to hurry players on the field during substitutions.
Here’s the story and the quote from Dana (http://charlestondailymail.com/Sports/WVUSports/201211140118):
“I wish we could clone him and put three of him out there,” Holgorsen said. “We have obviously felt like he is a pretty good inside receiver, and it has always been the thing about what can we do to get the ball in his hands. And you want to get it into his hands as much as we can.
“With that said, his trade has been being an inside receiver for four years now. We will continue to try and come up with creative ways to get him the ball, because he is dynamic as it comes in college football when it comes to him having the ball in his hands.”
Gain of nine and Oklahoma is flustered and calls a timeout. Between that and the Copeland switch makes me think they’re really messing with us.
Tavon, who can’t play running back, per my question this week, carried on second down and ran a pattern out of the backfield to convert that third down.
H back, under center and Stedman in motion for an end around.
That’s 59-14 in the last four-plus first quarters.
Kwiatkowski in a bad spot there and just let his guy flare out into an open spot. So much for getting in an advantageous position for the Mountaineers.
Belldozer in the backfield.
Isaiah Brice down, looks a little iffy as he walks off — and that’s a guy you can’t lose. He’ll be replaced by Shaq Petteway, but only for a play, I think. Bruce is in the huddle in this timeout.
Oklahoma would be the fifth straight team to score first on WVU. The other four won the game. Dana is 8-6 when the other team scores first.
That hit interrupted my commentary on the abysmal third-down conversion moments earlier.
Karl Joseph! My goodness!
I can’t get over the Copeland switch. That’s where we’re at 10 games into this thing.
And Terrell Chestnut and Ickey Banks were your starting cornerbacks. Pat Milleris on the field. I wonder if he’s out, precisely, for a quarter or a half.
Third-and-15 … pressure doesn’t work … receiver is open.
One thing we didn’t talk about at all this week … Oklahoma plays Oregon fast when it wants to.
According to WVU, it’s Austin Copeland, who once wore 52. That is a pretty clear attempt to mess with us, right?
He’s on the kickoff team. WVU has no clue what we’re taling about in the press box.
There’s a Copeland in a No. 2 jersey on the field. Travares Copeland once wore No. 2. Has to be him.
And anybody telling you the stadium is full opposite of the picture I showed you is being devious. There are gaps around the stadium.
Also, we all know what happened the last time WVU played Oklahoma … there was no sight of this in the pregame.
Cody Clay and Connor Arlia announced as starters, in case you were wondering if I’d jinxed them earlier in the week. http://charlestondailymail.com/Sports/WVUSports/201211140121
Ten minutes to kickoff. WVU students are on break, but still…
Things to remember tonight: WVU hasn’t lost five in a row since 1986 and has never lost five straight conference games — and had never lost four straight conference games before last week.
With a loss, Dana Holgorsen would be 8-5 at home and 2-4 in November.
One bowl rep here tonight: Holiday Bowl!
There are 66 players on the dress list. I’ve gone through the 66 a few time already. There are, let’s say, 10 players who are not just playing tonight. So against Oklahoma, the Mountaineers have about 56 players at their disposal.
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