NCAAF Game Recap - West Virginia at Oklahoma
Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

Tenn
13
Ala
35
F
LSU
36
MisSt
13
F
Clem
45
Lou
10
F
OHSt
52
NW
3
F
WVU
14
Okla
52
F
Wisc
23
Ill
24
F
Mich
21
PSU
28
F
Fla
38
SCar
27
F
KY
0
UGA
21
F
Aub
51
Ark
10
F
Oreg
35
Wash
31
F
AzSt
3
Utah
21
F
Boise
25
BYU
28
F
Kans
48
Tex
50
F
Bayl
45
OkSt
27
F
Temp
21
SMU
45
F
Minn
42
Rut
7
F
Tuls
13
Cin
24
F
Mizzu
14
Vand
21
F
Purd
20
Iowa
26
F
ULMon
7
App
52
F
SoAl
13
Troy
37
F
ULLaf
37
ArkSt
20
F
UCLA
34
Stan
16
F
Marsh
36
FlAtl
31
F
Pitt
27
Syr
20
F
UNLV
27
Fres
56
F
Kent
38
Ohio
45
F
Hou
24
UConn
17
F
IASt
34
TxTch
24
F
GATec
28
MiaFL
21
F OT
NCSt
24
BC
45
F
C Mi
38
BGSU
20
F
Toled
14
Ball
52
F
NIU
24
MiaOH
27
F
OreSt
21
Cal
17
F
TCU
17
K St
24
F
CoCar
27
GaSo
30
F(2OT)
NM
10
Wyo
23
F
Buff
21
Akr
0
F
SoFL
3
Navy
35
F
SMiss
30
LaTec
45
F
UNC
41
VaTec
43
F(5OT)
Duke
14
UVA
48
F
Ind
34
MD
28
F
Char
14
W Ky
30
F
OD
14
UAB
38
F
MidTN
30
NorTx
33
F
Rice
27
UTSA
31
F
Maine
44
Lib
59
F
WestMI
27
E Mi
34
F
Tul
17
Mem
47
F
ECU
28
UCF
41
F
Colo
10
WaSt
41
F
SDSU
27
SJSU
17
F
Army
21
GASt
28
F
UTEP
17
FLInt
32
F
TxAM
24
Miss
17
F
FlaSt
20
Wake
22
F
Ariz
14
USC
41
F
Nev
10
UtSt
36
F
AF
56
Hawaii
26
F

Oct 19, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

West Virginia (3-4)

0

14

0

0

14

(5) Oklahoma (7-0)

14

14

21

3

52

Hurts scores 5 TDs, Sooners roll past West Virginia 52-14
Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:45 PM

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) After No. 5 Oklahoma downed rival Texas last week, coach Lincoln Riley said a true test for the Sooners would be how they bounced back from that emotional game to face West Virginia as the heavy favorite.

Riley was pleased with the results. Jalen Hurts passed for 316 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 75 yards and two more scores and the Sooners cruised to a 52-14 victory over West Virginia on Saturday.

Oklahoma (7-0, 4-0) is unbeaten in eight games against West Virginia (3-4, 1-3) since the Mountaineers joined the Big 12 Conference in the 2012 season. The Sooners have won 20 of their last 21 games.

Oklahoma, which rolled up 562 yards of offense, has scored at least 34 points in 17 straight games, the second-longest such streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision since 1980. The Sooners didn't score a touchdown in the fourth quarter, though; they've scored a touchdown in every quarter but two this season.

"I think we're serious about being a good football team," Riley said. "We handled this week like a team that has some big goals in mind and understanding that it is a process. It's not about one game here or there. It's a constant climb for us."

West Virginia quarterback Austin Kendall, who spent three seasons at Oklahoma as a backup to Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray before transferring, completed 15 of 31 passes for 182 yards, including touchdowns of 38 and 7 yards to T.J. Simmons.

"It was a good experience to come in and see the road I used to take to go to my house," Kendall said. "Good to see everybody I haven't seen in a couple of months. I got a lot of love for that team and all the guys I've played with; nothing changes there."

Hurts, whose transfer from Alabama to Oklahoma led to Kendall's transfer, completed 16 of 17 passes, with the incompletion a drop by freshman Drake Stoops.

He became the third Oklahoma quarterback to complete at least 90% of his passes, throw for more than 300 yards and throw for at least three touchdowns in a game. He also recorded a career-high passing efficiency rating of 308.5, the second-best mark in program history, behind Murray's 348 against Baylor last season.

"All of that is always a challenge - us challenging ourselves to play to our standard and I say it all the time, to play our brand of football," Hurts said. "If we can focus on the things that we can control, the only way is up. We've just got to try to take positive steps, learn from our mistakes and move forward with the right intent."

Oklahoma punted on its first possession but scored touchdowns on its next four - a 20-yard pass to Jeremiah Hall, a 6-yard pass to Charleston Rambo, a 9-yard run by Kennedy Brooks and a 2-yard run by Hurts.

The Mountaineers were within 28-14 at halftime, but Oklahoma scored three touchdowns in the third quarter, the first on a 22-yard run by Hurts and the second on a 46-yard pass to Lee Morris. Brayden Willis then blocked a punt in the end zone that Oklahoma's Austin Stogner recovered to extend the Sooners' lead to 49-14. It was the first time that happened to West Virginia since 2003 season.

"It was a struggle all day for us," Mountaineers coach Neal Brown said. "We got outplayed. Honestly, we were outmanned at several positions and areas. For this to be a competitive game, we needed to play clean, which we didn't. We needed to run the ball, which we didn't. We had to force some turnovers, which we didn't. We had to minimize their explosive plays and we didn't do that either. All the things we needed to do to make this a four-quarter football game and put us in position to win it, we just didn't do it."

THE TAKEAWAY

West Virginia: The Mountaineers are three-fourths of the way through a difficult stretch that includes consecutive games against No. 15 Texas, Iowa State, Oklahoma and No. 18 Baylor. Survive that gauntlet, and West Virginia can try to secure bowl eligibility during its final four games against Texas Tech, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Texas Christian.

Oklahoma: The Sooners' offense continued to roll behind Hurts and the defense mostly held its own, holding the Mountaineers to 51 rushing yards and 242 yards of offense. Those are two things Oklahoma will need to continue to happen to stay in the mix for a spot in the College Football Playoff.

SCHOONER DOWN

After Oklahoma's fourth touchdown, the horse-drawn Sooner Schooner came onto Owen Field to celebrate, but it fell over while making a turn, spilling people and debris onto the field.

The horses kept running but quickly were corralled and there were no major injuries to human or horse, even though the riders were thrown from the Schooner. Security officials quickly cleared the debris and play resumed without delay. After Oklahoma's fifth touchdown, a cheerleader ran onto the field waving a giant "OU" flag in lieu of the Schooner.

11 A.M. BLUES

Oklahoma had its fourth consecutive 11 a.m. kickoff on Saturday and is scheduled for another next week at Kansas State. That didn't sit well with a segment of Oklahoma fans, which athletic director Joe Castiglione acknowledged in tweets sent before the game.

"Appreciate our fans adjusting for another 11 a.m. game. Although it's not always readily apparent, we vigorously push for other times, like we did for our opener," Castiglione tweeted. "Obviously, the national TV exposure is important but we also fully understand the impact on you. We will continue to explore ways to better serve you. Go (hash)Sooners."

OWENS HONORED

Former Oklahoma running back Steve Owens, the 1969 Heisman Trophy winner, was recognized during a halftime ceremony. Owens, who is from Miami, Oklahoma, received a 50th anniversary plaque. He is one of Oklahoma's seven Heisman winners.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Oklahoma maintained its perfect record, but whether that allows the Sooners to hold their position in the AP Top 25, or move up, has largely depended this season on what happens elsewhere.

UP NEXT

West Virginia: After an off week, will visit Baylor on Oct. 31.

Oklahoma: Will visit Kansas State next Saturday.

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Passing

WVU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
A. Kendall 31 15 48.4 2 182 38 0 88.4
J. Growden 1 1 100.0 0 7 7 0 95.8
Okla Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Hurts 17 16 94.1 3 316 46 0 158.3
T. Mordecai 4 2 50.0 0 47 37 0 92.7

Rushing

WVU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
L. Brown 16 28 1.8 7 0
T. Lowe 3 12 4.0 13 0
Okla Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Hurts 10 75 7.5 28 2
K. Brooks 10 70 7.0 16 1

Receiving

WVU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Simmons 6 74 12.3 38 2
I. Esdale 1 36 36.0 36 0
Okla Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Rambo 4 71 17.8 30 1
C. Lamb 3 71 23.7 31 0

Fumbles

WVU F FL
S. James 1 0
Okla F FL
I. McIver 1 0

Returning

WVU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Sinkfield 2 11.5 0 21 1 5.0 0 5
S. James 2 10.5 0 19 0 - 0 0
Okla KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Lamb 0 - 0 0 3 2.0 0 10
B. Willis 0 - 0 0 1 9.0 0 0

Punting

WVU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Growden 9 374 41.6 56
Okla Punt Yds Avg LgPu
R. Mundschau 4 198 49.5 59

Takeaways

Team Stats Comparison

WVU Okla
Points For 14 52
Total Yards 242 560
Rushing Yards 51 197
Passing Yards 191 363
Passing Completions / Attempts 18/34 18/21
Turnovers 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/0 2/0
First Downs 15 25
Penalties - Yards 4/29 6/64
Time Of Possession 24:24 36:36
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/18 2/7
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/3 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 10/37 4/50

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter WVU Okla
Okla 10:28 TD Jeremiah Hall 20 yd pass from Jalen Hurts (Gabe Brkic kick) 0 7
Okla 12:55 TD Charleston Rambo 6 yd pass from Jalen Hurts (Gabe Brkic kick) 0 14
2nd Quarter WVU Okla
WVU 3:03 TD T.J. Simmons 38 yd pass from Austin Kendall (Evan Staley kick) 7 14
Okla 5:52 TD Kennedy Brooks 9 yd run (Gabe Brkic kick) 7 21
Okla 8:29 TD Jalen Hurts 2 yd run (Gabe Brkic kick) 7 28
WVU 14:40 TD T.J. Simmons 7 yd pass from Austin Kendall (Evan Staley kick) 14 28
3rd Quarter WVU Okla
Okla 2:09 TD Jalen Hurts 22 yd run (Gabe Brkic kick) 14 35
Okla 5:59 TD Lee Morris 46 yd pass from Jalen Hurts (Gabe Brkic kick) 14 42
Okla 8:09 TD Austin Stogner 0 yd blocked punt return (Gabe Brkic kick) 14 49
4th Quarter WVU Okla
Okla 0:43 FG Gabe Brkic 29 yd FG 14 52

Game Information

Stadium: Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Oklahoma
Attendance: 82,620
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