The week leading up to the game, the Cowboys fell out of the Top 25 rankings after getting clobbered by TCU, while the Mountaineers entered the rankings for the first time this season after a decisive win against then No. 4-ranked Baylor.
While the Oklahoma State defense focused on stopping Kevin White, one of the nation’s leading wide receivers, Coach Dana Holgorsen and West Virginia showed that they’re strong at running the ball, too, with 210 yards rushing.
And, of course, the Mountaineers defense also played well, holding the Cowboys to one touchdown and one field goal.
Key WVU stats and highlights
- Sophomore running back Wendell Smallwood, who stepped in for the injured Rushel Shell, ran for a career-high 132 yards with 23 carries.
- Quarterback Clint Trickett had his longest career pass and Mario Alford had his longest career catch when Trickett connected with Alford for a 79-yard pass. Trickett ended the game completing 21 of 30 passes for 238 yards and 2 touchdowns.
- True freshman safety Dravon Henry returned an interception 52 yards with 4:44 remaining.
- The Mountaineers finished with 448 total yards, including 210 on the ground.