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Mountaineers Lose Heartbreaker in Norman

The West Virginia Mountaineers lost to Oklahoma 16-13, despite never trailing, with Oklahoma kicking a field goal in the final seconds to win the game on Saturday night.

In the first quarter, the Mountaineers (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) wasted no time getting on the scoreboard.  After receiving the opening kickoff, WVU marched down the field and managed to convert a third and fourth down, leading to a rushing touchdown by quarterback Garrett Greene. The Sooners (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) responded with a touchdown of their own, with the score coming from a five-yard catch by Austin Stogner, tying the game at 7-7. 

In the second quarter, offense was hard to come by, as both teams were forced into punting and both defenses forced an interception.  Early in the second, WVU quarterback Jarret Doege threw a interception on a third down, but caused no significant harm. 

Later in the quarter, WVU’s Jackie Matthews secured an interception after Daryl Porter Jr. tipped a Spencer Rattler pass into the air.  Late in the quarter, the Mountaineers made their way close to the end zone after a 28-yard reception to Winston Wright.  The drive would end with a 25-yard field goal by Casey Legg, to give West Virginia a 10-7 lead heading into the break.   

To open up the third quarter, Oklahoma took the ball downfield on their opening drive, and made a 28-yard field goal to tie the game at 10-10.  The Mountaineers took the ball after the Oklahoma field goal and methodically drove the ball and managed to get to the one-yard line of Oklahoma.  On second down from the one-yard line, WVU’s offensive line got called for a false start, which backed them up to the six-yard line. Doege then seemed to have an open receiver in the end zone, but was unable to connect, throwing the pass to high, resulting in the Mountaineers having to settle for a field goal to go ahead 13-10. 

The game was decided in the last quarter, as crucial errors by West Virginia led to the Oklahoma victory.  

Down 13-10, Oklahoma made their way into WVU territory and tied the game with a 35-yard field goal from Gabe Brkic.   

West Virginia had a prime opportunity to take the lead late, when they made their way down to the Oklahoma 28-yard line with 5:28 left in the game.  The Mountaineers were called for a false start, and on the next play, the ball was snapped when Jarret Doege wasn’t looking.  Doege fell on the ball, but the damage was done as the Mountaineers had lost 21 yards on the play.  West Virginia had to punt, and they gave the ball back to Rattler and the Oklahoma offense with the game on the line.

The Oklahoma offense moved the ball like they needed to and managed to force WVU to use their final timeouts.  The Sooners got into field goal range while taking the clock down to 0:02. Brkic stepped up and drilled a 30-yard field goal as time expired to give Oklahoma the 16-13 win. 

West Virginia will be back in action next Saturday, when they welcome the Texas Tech Red Raiders into Morgantown for homecoming weekend.  Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET from Milan Puskar Stadium. 

Photo by Bryan Dougherty, Blue Gold Sports

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