Sooner review: Teddy Lehman breaks down OU-West Virginia


Referee Al Green was bloodied after a collision during the second quarter of the West Virginia-Oklahoma game on Friday night. Grier also scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown. The loss dropped them to 6-3 within the conference.

Brown had 11 catches for 243 yards and two scores. "But I'll be ready to go". Will Grier kept the Mountaineers in the game with 539 yards passing and four touchdowns.

Facing a 4th and 5 at the West Virginia 40-yard line, Murray found CeeDee Lamb for a gain of eight yards to get a first down. With the win, they are now 8-1 in conference play.

The Sooners led 35-28 at halftime. Caleb Kelly scored on a 10-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Pettaway also scored on a 17-yard rushing touchdown.

"The defense isn't going to shut people out", Lehman said.

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While the Sooners' offense was as efficient and explosive as always in putting up 668 yards on 10.3 yards a play, it was the plays made when Kyler Murray and company were on the sideline that tilted the game in Oklahoma's favor.

"Came up huge", Murray said of the OU defense. "We fought hard and came up a little bit short", West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said.

Once again, the Sooners' offense was overpowering. The other game this season was against Oklahoma State, which racked up 640 yards in its 48-47 loss to the Sooners.

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Murray continued his spectacular push to become OU's seventh Heisman victor, completing 20 of 27 passes for 364 yards and three touchdowns. He threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns, but he also did a lot of damage with his legs.

"He's awesome", Riley said of Murray for the umpteenth time this season.

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"It felt like it was the right thing to do", Riley explained. We did it enough tonight. The Sooners have allowed 40 points in four consecutive games. "I don't get it". We know as a team that we're at our best when we're all clicking. We hung 50 [45] on them, too. "I don't understand it and I never will". "He had the trust in me to call the play". But with a crowd loud, OU's tight end Carson Meier jumped and was flagged for a false start. After the Murray fumble, Oklahoma's next two possessions both found the end zone in just two plays.

The final fourth down permitted the Sooners to put the game to bed before West Virginia's offense could respond with a game-winning drive in the final minutes. Since 2015, OU leads the nation with 22 games of scoring at least half-a-hundred.

Oklahoma leading receiver Marquise Brown was Murray's favorite target again. It was Brown's second career 200-yard receiving game (career-high 265 against Oklahoma State last year), joining Ryan Broyles and Dede Westbrook as the only OU players with multiple 200-yard career receiving games.

Since halftime in Stillwater, the Mountaineer defense was drummed for 76 points and 1,100 yards over the course of six quarters - an average of 183 yards and 12.6 points per quarter. That is the third-most in Mountaineer history, behind the 807 it recorded against Baylor and the 778 against OU, both of which occurred in 2012.

"We didn't make our goal", Holgorsen said. "You just got to find ways to win these, man".

The Sooners (11-1 overall, 8-1 Big 12) still have designs on a spot in the College Football Playoff. Yet a couple of defensive gems now have the Sooners playing for their fourth straight Big 12 championship.