Oklahoma Advances to Big 12 Championship Game With Win at West Virginia

26 November, 2018, 15:02 | Author: Nicole Aguilar
  • Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray

The No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners defeated the No. 13 West Virginia Mountaineers on Black Friday.

On Friday night, the Oklahoma Sooners travel to Morgantown to face off against the West Virginia Mountaineers in a battle for a spot in the Big 12 Championship game. Oklahoma finished with 668 total yards - West Virginia had 704 - and 478 came from Heisman Trophy candidate Kyler Murray, who had 364 passing yards.

Oklahoma qualifies for its 11th Big 12 Championship Berth, Texas will play in its seventh title game. "It was certainly, probably the worst week of the year to have some of those guys out, just with how good West Virginia is in the throw game".

Gary Jennings Jr. had seven receptions for 225 yards and two touchdowns.

In his final home game, Grier posted a career high 539 passing yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions, but his two fumbles proved the difference in the game.

No. 6 Oklahoma has been scoffed at for handing points and yards to opponents like presents, and it wasn't any different against No. 12 West Virginia.

Martell Pettaway's 17-yard TD run with 4:20 left made it a one-score game.

Oklahoma linebacker Caleb Kelly had a 12-yard TD return in the second quarter.

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Billy Kinney's onside kick was recovered by the Sooners and Murray saved the Sooners' hopes when he connected with CeeDee Lamb for an eight-yard gain on a fourth-and-5 at the West Virginia 32.

Given a second chance to take its third lead of the first half, West Virginia again was stopped, posting the game's first three-and-out and its first punt.

The Sooners' Kennedy Brooks ran for a season-high 182 yards while Murray had 115 yards on the ground, including a 55-yard TD. Grier also had five carries for -22 yards and a touchdown.

West Virginia was trying to regain the lead when Kenneth Mann sacked Grier and caused a fumble, which was scooped up by Curtis Bolton and returned 48 yards for a touchdown and OU led 59-49 with 9:58 to play. On offense the Sooners surpassed 290 rushing yards for the sixth straight game, coinciding with their six-game winning streak.

Trey Sermon scored on a plunge into the end zone on the next play and OU led 21-14 with 7:12 to play in the first half. The beleaguered Oklahoma defense forced two Will Grier fumbles and returned both for touchdowns and benefitted from two West Virginia touchdowns (or nearly certain touchdowns) getting wiped off the board due to penalties.

The Sooners led 35-28 at halftime.

Bolton, who has said time and time again that when he gets the chance to pick the ball up, that's exactly what he's going to do.

The Sooners improved to 11-1 overall, and they finish Big 12 play 8-1. "So there were nerves and excitement and passion-everybody was really alive for it being an 11 o'clock game".

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