West Virginia has seen Kyler Murray before, and they didn’t like what they saw.
Murray made his first start for the University of Oklahoma against West Virginia. It was Senior Day last season and Baker Mayfield was serving a minor suspension for an incident that happened a week prior at Kansas. Murray only played a handful of snaps but completing both passes for 52 yards and a score and running for 80 yards, on three carries, he used them to serve notice to the Big 12 of what is to come.
“It was awesome,” Lincoln Riley said about Murray’s performance, after that game. “It was fun to see him get loose and you see his electric ability. I was proud of him. He handled it very well. It was not the easiest situation for him, either, so he was tremendous all week and I had a lot of confidence in him regardless of how it played out that he would come in and play well and handle it well.”
Now Oklahoma’s latest Heisman candidate is leading the Sooners to Morgantown to face the Mountaineers in a game that will put the winner in the Big 12 championship.
“The quarterback is hard to tackle,” West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said on Tuesday. “I don’t know if you guys know that or not. He’s really, really, really quick, he’s fast, I hear he’s a good baseball player. If he’s better at baseball than he is at football, then it’s unreal.”
Murray is completing 70.3% of his passes this year and has 3,310 yards through the air with 34 touchdowns to 6 interceptions. What makes him so dangerous though is what he does with his feet. Averaging 7.1 yards per carry, Murray is Oklahoma’s third leading rusher with 739 yards and 10 more touchdowns.
“I was really upset when he transferred to Oklahoma because now he had to play against him,” Holgorsen said. “So, he’s really a good player and fun to watch, hard to tackle. You have to contain him; you’re not going to stop him, you’re not going to get hits on him, you just have to contain him.”