Justin K. Aller

Oklahoma vs. West Virginia: Sooners defense could pose problems for WVU

An improved defense is part of the reason the Oklahoma Sooners have earned a No. 12 ranking, but the West Virginia Mountaineers will still try to beat them with their high-power attack as they hope to snap a four-game losing streak.

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Big 12 Football Standings: WVU tied for 8th

The Mountaineers lost their fifth straight game this past week and dropped to eighth place in the Big 12.

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Blogger reaction: pass defense dooms WVU again

Once again, it was the passing defense that let down West Virginia in a 50-49 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday. The Smoking Musket wonders if changes in scheme is what has plagued the passing defense this season.

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WVU down after 1st quarter

After the first quarter, WVU trails No. 12 Oklahoma, 10-3. The game did not begin well, as Landry Jones led the Sooners downfield for a touchdown on the opening possession, delivering a touchdown pass on a four-yard strike to Trey Millard. It got worse on WVU's first possession, which ended when Aaron Colvin picked off Geno Smith's pass at the Oklahoma 45 and ran it back for 22 yards to the Mountaineers' 33.

WVU managed a stop, though, holding the Sooners to a 33-yard field goal. The Mountaineers then turned to the exciting Tavon Austin, who frequently lined up in the backfield. The speedy Austin reeled off a 31-yard run that got the Mountaineers into the red zone. A few plays later, Smith passed to Stedman Bailey on 3rd-and-8, and Bailey just missed the first down on a play that was upheld on review. The Mountaineers had to settle for a field goal, and Oklahoma had the ball back as the quarter came to an end.

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WVU looks to pull upset, become bowl eligible

West Virginia takes on the Sooners at home, where an upset victory would mean bowl eligibility for the Mountaineers.

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