West Virginia’s unblemished record is no more. The Mountaineers fell to the Oklahoma State Cowboys this afternoon in Stillwater, 37-20
The Mountaineers got off to sluggish start in the first half, allowing the Cowboys to build a 20-10 lead going into the half. The Mountaineers managed to pull within seven points midway through the fourth quarter, but numerous West Virginia mistakes prohibited that from happening and allowed the Cowboys to build to their lead.
Skyler Howard turned in what was his worst performance of the season, throwing two interceptions and fumbling the ball once in West Virginia territory and leading to an Oklahoma State touchdown. Howard finished the day 24-for-39 passing for 212 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Justin Crawford led the West Virginia rushing attack with 77 yards on 12 carries, after leading rusher Rushel Shell left the game in the second quarter with a lower body injury. True freshman Kennedy McKoy added 58 yards on eight carries, and Shell had 38 yards on seven carries before the injury. In the receiving game, Daikiel Shorts once again led the team with 82 yards on eight catches. Ka’Raun White added 60 yards on six catches and Shelton Gibson had two catches for 33 yards and a touchdown.
Tony Gibson’s defense put the Mountaineers in a position to turn the game around, but Howard and the offense couldn’t get the job done late in the game.
The Mountaineers will look to shake this loss next Saturday when the Kansas Jayhawks come to Morgantown. Kickoff for that game will be announced this week, after being put on a six-day window last week by ESPN.