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Oklahoma Beats West Virginia 56-28

One of the biggest games in recent memory got out of hand quickly.

NCAA Football: Oklahoma at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

The game started out promising. The Mountaineers held firm in the first drive of the game. A couple of dropped passes resulted in a punt by Oklahoma. After that, it was all downhill from there.

Attempting to field the punt because he incorrect believe the ball hit his teammate, Gary Jennings attempted to field the punt. Except the ball bounced off his body and eventually into the waiting arms of an Oklahoma Sooner. That gave Oklahoma short field and the game’s first score.

Oklahoma never looked back from there. The Sooners raced out to a 21-0 1st quarter lead, 34-0 lead near halftime before a Skyler Howard pass found Jovon Durante in the back of the endzone to finally give the Mountaineers their first points.

Halftime did nothing to cure the turnovers that were plaguing the Mountaineers. A second promising drive was stalled by a turnover. Justin Crawford got the team down to the Oklahoma promised land only to fumble it away. After halftime, Crawford once again got the team down to the promsied land only to have a Skyler Howard interception be returned for a touchdown and a 41-7 Sooner lead.

After a disasterous first 35 minutes, the Mountaineers foufht and clawed their way back to make the game interesting. A Skyler Howard pass to Ka'Raun White made the score 41-28 with most of the 4th quarter still to be played. The Sooners responded with a clock draining drive that ended with a Baker Mayfield 1-yard touchdown run. This effectively ended the Mountaineers chances at the Big 12 title.

Justin Crawford was the lone bright spot as he rushed for 331 yards on 25 carries. He joins Tavon Austin as a 300 yard rusher against Oklahoma.