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Rapid Recap: West Virginia Mountaineers 24 - Oklahoma Sooners 44

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That sound you hear is the West Virginia hype train derailing and careening off a cliff. The Mountaineers couldn't make it happen in the showdown with the Oklahoma Sooners.

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The West Virginia Mountaineers entered the Mountaineer Minefield and promptly blew themselves up, in large part to a poor performance by Mountaineer quarterback Skyler Howard. We saw the return of "Bad Case Of Nerves" Skyler and it hurt us dearly. Howard went 17/32 for only 173 yards. But much worse than Howard throwing nearly every pass too high is the fact that he showed no pocket awareness. Howard was sacked 7 times, threw 3 interceptions and fumbled twice, one of which was picked up and returned for an Oklahoma touchdown. Howard did, however, show off his wheels on a 50-yard touchdown run on 4th and 2, which at the time gave the Mountaineers a little bit of hope that amounted to nothing.

The Mountaineer defense also left a little to be desired, save for Karl Joseph who as we all know is a bad, bad man. Cornerback Daryl Worley was beat badly numerous times in possibly his worst performance as a Mountaineer, giving up at least one Oklahoma touchdown. On the other side, Terrell Chestnut bit hard on a double move by Sterling Shepherd that allowed 14-7 in the second quarter, and it was all downhill from there.

The Mountaineers have Oklahoma State at home next Saturday, so they will need to get home and nurse their wounds the best they can before they venture back into the minefield.