The West Virginia football team stumbled in their second to last home matchup of the season on Saturday evening to No. 11 Oklahoma State, 24-3.
The Cowboys were visibly bigger and stronger than the Mountaineers on the day anywhere you looked on the field largely in part to an offense that ran for 103 yards and allowed only 17 points.
“They beat us soundly today, I think that was easily seen by everyone in this room, this game is hard, and this league is hard and what a difference a week makes, we played probably our best football game a week ago and it was a struggle all day,” WVU HC Neal Brown said.
Oklahoma State was mainly able to shut down West Virginia’s offense in all phases besides an opening drive Casey Legg 30-yard field goal for the only points on the day. The Mountaineer offensive line allowed eight sacks on quarterback West Virginia’s Jarret Doege as well as an interception and held senior running back Leddie Brown to a measly 24 yards.
“Offensively they just consumed us… they got us into one on one battles up front by a couple different ways they were getting their front, they played bare today than they’d shown at any point, they got to a fifth rusher and got our offensive line in one on ones and they just consumed us, TFL’s, sacks, I’m not sure I’ve ever had a game with that many.”
Brown continued to talk about the team’s the one on one matches occurring on both sides of West Virginia’s lines.
“They got us in one on ones more so than they’ve done on video credit to them up front, whether slanting their four or bringing a fifth rusher and getting offensive line situations or lining up with two linebackers mugged down on the guard and getting us in ones and then playing some games,” Brown said.
“The problem is they’re big and strong up front and they’re multiple in their fronts and so here’s the deal we’ve struggled more so than most, but nobody’s done much offensively. You can look at all the stats down the list and nobody’s done a whole lot versus them, that’s a credit to them,” Brown said. “They’ve got really good players, they’ve got really good players that are experienced and talented so credit to them.”
Along with a slew of other problems were the Mountaineers injuries they had on both sides of the ball coming into this matchup with Oklahoma State. Even after missing practice all week, senior defensive lineman Dante Stills performed at a high level against a strong offensive line.
“Esdale was out, Bryce Wheaton didn’t practice all week until yesterday, Dante’s banged up, he didn’t practice all week, the TCU game and the Iowa State game were very physical games, we knew this one was too,” Brown said. “We’re not a deep team and that’s not me making excuses, it is what it is, we’re not a deep team and those two games wore on us.”
West Virginia will now ship off to Kansas State sometime later in the week for a Saturday afternoon matchup at Kansas State at 12 p.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium with televising on FS1.