Oklahoma’s first visit to Morgantown will not soon be forgotten, by either side. Oklahoma’s Landry Jones hit Kenny Stills with a five-yard touchdown pass with 21 seconds to play to give the Sooners a 50-49 win over West Virginia.
"I'm very proud of the players and their efforts,” said Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops. “I am incredibly proud of the team to hold it together the way they did, and to come back. Landry Jones to lead those drives at the end of the game; such great precision, execution up there, throwing strikes, receivers making tough, competitive catches--all of it together, really was just pleasing to come back and win a game away from home.”
When looking at Oklahoma’s offensive stats it looks like an outstanding evening for the senior quarterback from Artesia, New Mexico, and it was. Landry was 38 of 51 for 554 yards and six touchdowns. The Sooners even rushed for over 100 yards on the evening. But that offensive performance was greatly overshadowed by the show put on by the Mountaineers.
WVU Wide Receiver Tavon Austin actually spent time at tailback and ran the Sooners ragged. Austin rushed 344 yards on 21 carries, caught four passes for 82 yards and had eight kick returns for 146 yards. That’s 572 all purpose yards, a Big 12 Record.
"At the running back position,” said Stoops. “That's where it really hurt us. Obviously, we weren't ready for it. It did really mess us up in what we were doing and how we needed to play. It's something we'll have to dissect tomorrow and see what our answers could be to make improvement -- we need to."
The Sooners played relatively good defense in the first half, picking off a couple of Geno Smith passes and taking a 30-17 halftime lead to the locker room.
It was at halftime that both defenses decided to just stay inside to watch the game on television.
Both teams traded touchdowns until West Virginia was able to take a 49-43 lead with 2:53 to play. The Sooners then, following a 46 yard kick of return by Brennan Clay, marched 54 yards in six plays with Jones hitting Stills with the game winner.
“He made great throws at important times and the receivers, again, I'm so pleased about them,” said Stoops. “When you look at that group starting the year, it was one of the biggest question marks in the conference. And now they're a strong, good group, and what's helped now is Landry is comfortable with all of them, so he can just go through his reads and not have to force the ball to one particular drive."
On the night, Jones threw four TD passes to Stills and one each to Jalen Saunders and Trey Millard. Damien Williams rounded out the scoring with a 46-yard run late in the first half.
It’s Bedlam next for Oklahoma. Oklahoma State visits Norman on Saturday with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff.