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Unnecessary Errors Result in WVU Losing the Big 12 Opener

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – (September 26, 2020) – The West Virginia Mountaineers opened up Big 12 play with a loss to the No. 15-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys in Stillwater, Oklahoma by a score of 27-13.

A lot of undisciplined errors cost the Mountaineers a lot of points throughout the game. The Mountaineers were called on 12 penalties for a total of 106 yards gained to Oklahoma State.

“Today was not good enough, extremely disappointing performance,” WVU coach Neal Brown said. “We were an undisciplined football team today, and that’s on myself and the coaches.”

For the entire first quarter, both West Virginia and Oklahoma State failed to score, punting the ball to the other team four times. It wasn’t until the Cowboy’s running back LD Brown found a wide-open hole for a 66-yard rushing touchdown to put OSU on the board. 

After Oklahoma State scored, WVU continued to play sloppy. Jarret Doege fumbled in OSU territory, and the Cowboys returned it for a touchdown to make it 14-0. WVU got the ball again and drove, just to botch the snap on the field goal attempt. 

WVU got the ball rolling when Doege found Winston Wright Jr. for a 70-yard touchdown reception late in the first half. Winston Wright was prepared all week to take on the Oklahoma State defense.

“The last two weeks we have been preparing,” said Wright. “My coaches gave me the things to look for and I applied them.”

In the third quarter, the defense played phenomenal making Oklahoma State’s offense struggled to do anything. Arizona transfer, Tony Fields, intercepted the ball from Oklahoma State’s replacement quarterback, Shane Illingworth. Fields’ interception helped result in a 26-yard field goal from Evan Staley.

For the remainder of the game, Doege and WVU’s offense struggled to execute and put points on the board. The defense tried to get multiple stops, but the Heisman candidate for OSU, Chuba Hubbard, was too much to handle at the end of the game.

When you look at the final stats for the two teams, you would think the game would be closer, but stats don’t tell the whole story. The defense truly only allowed 10 points, while the offense and special teams made some mistakes that resulted in the other 17 points.

When it was all said and done, Doege threw for 285 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. The only mistake Doege made was the fumble in the second quarter that the Cowboys took back for a touchdown.

Leddie Brown rushed for 104 yards, while Alec Sinkfield struggled to find a good hole to run through this afternoon. Winston Wright and T.J. Simmons played very well on the receiving side. Wright finished with 103 yards on four receptions, while Simmons had 82 yards on also four receptions.

The offense racked up a total of 353 yards, which was more yards than OSU had. Doege and his guys just couldn’t execute on third downs and being disciplined with all of the penalties the Mountaineers racked up through the game.

WVU coach Neal Brown was frustrated at the missed opportunities the Mountaineers had on Saturday. 

“We have got to get better, this was disappointing,” said Coach Brown. “On Tuesday, someone asked if this was a measuring stick and it absolutely was, and we did not pass this test.”

The West Virginia Mountaineers will look for their first Big 12 win of the 2020 season when they host the Baylor Bears next Saturday on October 3rd in Morgantown at Milan Puskar Stadium. Kick-off will be at noon.

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