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West Virginia vs. Oklahoma State recap: Cowboys defeat Mountaineers 55-34

West Virginia had 479 yards of total offense but could not keep pace with Oklahoma State on Saturday.

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Mountaineers lose again with poor defense

Once again, West Virginia was undone by a defense that couldn't get off the field.

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West Virginia falls to Oklahoma State, 55-34

Josh Stewart's three TDs led the Cowboys over the Mountaineers on Saturday.

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Cowboys lead Mountaineers 31-17 at half

Oklahoma State out-scored West Virginia in the first quarter to open up a 31-17 lead over the Mountaineers at half.

Oklahoma State opened the game with 14 unanswered points after a 46-yard rush and 21-yard reception by Josh Stewart to put the Cowboys up 14-0 with 3:07 left in the first quarter.

West Virginia answered on their next possession with a 6-play, 75-yard drive which culminated with a Stedman Bailey 37-yard touchdown reception to cut the Cowboys' lead to 14-7.

Corey Smith returned the ensuing kickoff 61 yards for Oklahoma State's third touchdown of the game which put them up 21-7 at the end of the first quarter.

The Mountaineers scored the first points in the second quarter when Geno Smith completed a 17-yard pass to Tavon Austin for a touchdown to cut the Cowboys' lead to 21-14 with 5:43 left in the half.

Oklahoma State immediately answered on a 4-play, 59-yard drive that concluded with a 48-yard touchdown reception by Blake Jackson. West Virginia fumbled the ensuing Oklahoma State kickoff which setup a 26-yard field goal to give the Cowboys their largest lead of the half, 31-14.

West Virginia ended the half with a 41-yard field goal to cut the Oklahoma State lead to 31-17 after two quarters.

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Cowboys, Mountaineers shoot for bowl eligibility

West Virginia and Oklahoma State, both coming off of losses, will look to grab an important sixth win.

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Travares Copeland leaves WVU football team

Freshman wide receiver Travares Copeland is leaving the Mountaineers for "personal reasons."

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Losing streak has Mountaineers frustrated

The West Virginia Mountaineers have lost three games in a row, dropping their record to 5-3. Head coach Dana Holgorsen thinks that the list of problems for the team could be reduced by being more mentally prepared, saying that you have to be in position and be in the proper mentality to pull the trigger.

After their loss to the Kansas St. Wildcats a couple weeks ago, the Mountaineers began shuffling some players on both sides of the ball. These changes appeared to be working in Saturday's loss to the TCU Horned Frogs until a breakdown in communication in the secondary led to a 94-yard touchdown pass that sent the game to overtime.

One player in particular that has caught the attention of Holgorsen was Austin Copeland, a true freshman walk-on linebacker. Copleland had a key block on Tayvon Austin's punt return for a touchdown that put the Mountaineers ahead in the fourth quarter. In the film session on Sunday, Holgorsen pointed his play out, according to special teamer Shaq Petteway:

"Coach Holgorsen pointed out he was a new guy giving full effort and that other guys needed to start giving that effort. Those are the guys coach likes. Not front-line guys, but guys who you put in and are ready to go."

The Mountaineers play the Cowboys on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The game is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff and the game will be broadcast on either ABC or ESPN2. Radio coverage of the game will be provided by WAJR 1440 AM and WVAQ 101.9 FM in Morgantown. For more radio stations that will broadcast the game, check West Virginia's official athletic website.

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Randle poses large threat to Mountaineers

The West Virginia Mountaineers have struggled a bit on defense this year.

After such an impressive start to the season, the team has faltered and now will have another big test on its hands with Joseph Randle and the Oklahoma State Cowboys coming up on Saturday.

Randle has been terrific this season, racking up 934 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on only 175 carries. He's also proven to be a duel-threat, with 21 catches on the year.

Some have starting comparing the star to another Oklahoma State great, NFL Hall-of-Famer Thurman Thomas.

Head coach Mike Gundy feels those people aren't too far off base, according to the Charleston Daily Mail.

"I think it's fair," said Cowboys Coach Mike Gundy, who played quarterback at the school when Thomas starred in the backfield. "I don't know if it's ever fair to compare a guy to a NFL Hall of Famer. That could be a little unjust. But at this point in his career, Thurman was effective in the same areas Joseph Randle is."

The junior is leading the Big 12 in rushing with an astonishing 116.75 yards per game. It will be an intriguing match-up to watch because despite West Virginia's poor defensive play, it actually ranks 32nd in the country.

Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen knows all about Randle's talents, having coached him as a coordinator in 2010.

"Joseph Randle is a fantastic football player," Holgorsen sad. "He's one of my favorite kids I've ever coached even though I only had him one year as a true freshman. It means a lot to him. He lives it."

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Holgorsen returns to Stillwater for first time

Dana Holgorsen will coach against Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State for the first time since he left the Cowboys after his only season as the team's offensive coordinator.

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