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West Virginia takes No. 4 Oklahoma to the wire, Sooners win with walkoff field goal


NCAA Football: West Virginia at Oklahoma Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Despite never trailing throughout the entirety of the game, the West Virginia Mountaineers (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) couldn’t complete the upset of No. 4 ranked Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0 Big 12), as the Sooners took advantage of a late fourth quarter miscue to set themselves up for a Gabe Brkic walkoff field goal to escape with the win, 16-13.

West Virginia received the opening kick and put together a 17 play, 75 yard drive that chewed up over nine minutes and ended with a two yard touchdown run from Garrett Greene to put the Mountaineers on top.

Oklahoma responded with a quick, three minute touchdown drive of their own. Spencer Rattler found running back Eric Gray on a 38 yard completion, setting the Sooners up in the red zone. Three plays later, Rattler found tight end Austin Stogner for the score.

The next eight drives would result in zero points for either team, despite each forcing a turnover, as the Mountaineer defense showed up in a big way to shut down Rattler and the Sooners offense.

Casey Legg knocked in a 25 yard field goal as time expired in the first half to give the Mountaineers a 10-7 lead heading into the locker room.

The Sooners opened the second half with a 10 play, 64 yard drive, but had to settle for a field goal to tie the game at 10.

West Virginia responded with another long drive, marching easily into the red zone. The Mountaineers had 2nd and Goal from the one yard line, but a false start by right tackle Parker Moorer back the offense up five yards. Doege subbed back in and threw a ball too high for Bryce Ford-Wheaton, who was wide open in the end zone, leaving West Virginia to settle for another field goal to go up 13-10.

Two drives later, Oklahoma countered with another field goal to tie it back up at 13 with just under nine minutes remaining in regulation.

Oklahoma started their final possession on its own 8 yard line with 3:39 left on the clock, after the Mountaineers were forced to punt following a bad snap got past Doege and left West Virginia facing 3rd & 33. Rattler led the Sooners on a 14 play, 80 yard drive to set up the game winner for Brkic.

Doege ended the night 20-of-29 passing for 160 yards and one interception. Garrett Greene finished 3-of-4 passing for 19 yards and 15 yards and a touchdown on five attempts in limited action.

Bryce Ford-Wheaton led the Mountaineer receivers with eight catches for 93 yards, while Winston Wright finished with 65 yards on seven receptions. Leddie Brown finished with 56 yards on 15 carries.

West Virginia is back in action next Saturday, when they take on Texas Tech (3-1, 0-1 Big 12) in Morgantown. That game is scheduled to kick off at 3:30PM ET and will be broadcast on ESPN2.