MORGANTOWN W.Va- The Mountaineers fell to the Oklahoma State Cowboys Saturday night by a score of 20-13, to fall to 5-7 on the season.
Heading into the game, fans knew a key for having success trying to stop the Oklahoma State offense would revolve around limiting the Cowboys Heisman candidate running back Chuba Hubbard’s production.
Despite holding the nation’s leading rusher to his fewest rushing yards since the first week of September, Hubbard found soft spots in the Mountaineer defense and had 88 yards receiving, as the Cowboys leading receiver.
Head coach Neal Brown said that he liked the teams physicality and thought they played extremely hard, but the same problems that have been hurting the team all season continued to plague the Mountaineers.
“I think our lack of depth hurt us in the second half,” said Brown “Just too many missed opportunities. Credit to them, they made plays at the end of the game and we didn’t.”
The Mountaineer offense seemed to click once again in Jarret Doege’s second start as a Mountaineer as he impressed again, passing for 307 yards and a touchdown.
“We’ve got to do some things around him to be better,” said Brown “We have to be more effective when we’re running the football, our screen game needs to be better.”
The Mountaineers continued to struggle running the ball, rushing for just 26 yards in the loss.
George Campbell led the Mountaineers in receiving, and found the endzone once again, giving the Mountaineers a first-half lead that would hold until the fourth quarter, where a touchdown and field goal would put the Cowboys up for good.
With the loss, the Mountaineers move to 4-7 and will face Texas Christian University next Friday night in the final game of the 2019 season.
The game will kickoff at 4:15, and will be televised on ESPN.