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Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma 59 – West Virginia 56 | Notes & Quotes

M. Hofeld

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Quotes

“What a college football game. I think it lived up to the billing, without a doubt. Give a lot of credit to coach Holgorsen and his team. That was a really, really good football team that we just beat. People that haven’t played this game or been a part of it sometimes don’t realize how hard it is to beat a really good team on their senior night. It always adds something extra that you have to overcome. And we did it. We found a way. We needed contributions from all three sides, and had some big plays in the kicking game again. Austin Seibert was awesome, once again. Brown had a big return right there after half. Obviously the two touchdowns defensively were probably the difference in the game. I mean, at the end of the day, when you score two touchdowns defensively, you like your chances. I’m proud of those big plays.” – Lincoln Riley Opening Statement

“I haven’t really seen the stats, but they’re probably pretty good. He’s awesome. Big moment, big atmosphere. He had the fumble, and he had the interception. It was actually a good read. It should’ve been a touchdown. I think we gave up a little pressure, and he wasn’t able to get into the throw. But his mind was sharp all night. West Virginia did some things that they hadn’t shown, and he just processed it all like he has all year. It was just a special, special performance by him.” – Lincoln Riley on Kyler Murray

“At that point, I’m right there with (Lincoln Riley). You can’t play hesitant. You can’t play scared. He had trust in me to call a play. I’m really confident in myself and I think that showed.” – Kyler Murray on going for it on 4th and 5

“(Number) 1 (Kyler Murray) and (number) 5 ( Marquise Brown) are the quickest kids I’ve ever seen, ever. Quickest, fastest kids. They’re special players, special talents. I didn’t think they could top, offensively, what they did last year, but they’re pretty good. We did force a couple of turnovers, which kept us in it. As well as we played offensively, giving them 14 points is inexcusable. It’s the difference in the game. We got two touchdowns taken off the board, which is just a shame. It’s a shame that happens. (I) don’t get it, don’t understand it, never will. The 14 points we gave them is the difference in the game.” – Dana Holgorsen on defending Oklahoma

 

Notes

• Oklahoma won its 20th consecutive true road game, the longest active streak in the country.
• Oklahoma clinched its 10th Big 12 Championship Game berth, and second straight since the contest returned in 2017.
• This was the highest-scoring game in Oklahoma-West Virginia series history (115 points), surpassing the 99 combined points scored in the 2012 game in Morgantown. The 115 points were also the third most in OU history.
• OU improved to 7-0 against West Virginia since the Mountaineers joined the Big 12 in 2012.
• Oklahoma has won 17 straight November games dating back to Nov. 8, 2014.
• OU has won 33 of its last 35 games against Big 12 opponents.
• In Big 12 play, the Sooners lead the conference with 612.8 yards of offense per game. OU has gained at least 500 yards of offense against every Big 12 opponent this season.
• Oklahoma scored two defensive touchdowns, both on fumble recoveries. It was the first time since 2011 against Texas that OU scored two defensive TDs in a game.
• Seven of Oklahoma’s 10 takeaways this season have come in the fourth quarter or overtime.
• This was Oklahoma’s seventh game this season with at least 50 points.
• Oklahoma has scored at least 45 points in a school-record eight consecutive games, surpassing the previous standard of seven straight set in 2008.
• OU gained at least 500 yards of total offense for the eighth straight game and for the 10th time this season.
• The Sooners rushed for at least 300 yards and passed for at least 300 yards for the fifth time this season.
• Oklahoma has scored at least 30 points in 34 of their last 36 games (29 and 28 in the others), and have won 33 of those 36.

Kyler Murray

• Finished 20 of 27 passing for 364 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed nine times for 114 yards and a score. It was his eighth game this season with at least 300 passing yards.
• Has multiple passing touchdowns in 11 games this season, and three passing TDs nine times.
• Raced 55 yards for his 11th rushing touchdown of the season on Oklahoma’s first possession. It was his third-longest rushing play of the season (all TDs).
• Has accounted for 48 total touchdowns this season (37 passing, 11 rushing).
• Accounted for four touchdowns in the game (three passing, one rushing). He has accounted for at least four total TDs in nine games this season.
• Registered his second game this year with at least 300 passing and 100 rushing yards. No other Sooner has ever recorded one such performance.

Marquise Brown

• Totaled 243 receiving yards (second most in OU history) and two touchdowns on 11 receptions (22.1 average).
• Joined Ryan Broyles and Dede Westbrook as the only Sooners with multiple 200-yard career receiving games (each had two).
• Scored receiving touchdowns of 25 and 45 yards, and now has 10 receiving TDs this season and 17 in his career. It was his third multiple TD game of the season.
• Recorded his 10th career 100-yard receiving game and sixth this season.
• His 65-yard reception in the second quarter (to the West Virginia 1-yard line) was his seventh reception of at least 50 yards this season. Since the start of the 2017 season, he leads the nation with 14 catches of at least 50 yards.

Kennedy Brooks

• Rushed for a career-high 182 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries (8.7 average).
• Scored his 12th rushing touchdown of the season on a 68-yard run in the second quarter. It was his second-longest rush of the season (86 yards vs. Kansas State).

Curtis Bolton

• Returned a fumble forced by DE Kenneth Mann for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was his third touchdown of the season and second in as many weeks.
• Tallied 10 tackles (six solo, four assists) in the game. It was his fifth game this season with double-digit tackles.

Caleb Kelly

• Sacked WVU QB Will Grier, forced a fumble and returned it 10 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter to give OU a 35-21 lead. It was his second career fumble return for a touchdown.
• Led the Sooners with a career-high 14 tackles (nine solo, five assists). His previous season high was seven stops against Oklahoma State, and his previous career high was 12 tackles in the 2017 Sugar Bowl vs. Auburn.

Kenneth Mann

• Recorded his first sack of the season, forcing a fumble that LB Curtis Bolton returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was his first forced fumble of the year, and third of his career.

Kenneth Murray

• Finished with 10 tackles (nine solo, one assist). It was his eighth game this season with double-digit tackles.

Ronnie Perkins

• Recorded his fourth sack of the season in the second quarter. He now has 7.0 tackles for loss this season.

Austin Seibert

• Moved into third place in NCAA career scoring among kickers. He scored 11 points in the game, and now has 476 career points.
• Connected on a 37-yard field goal in the third quarter. He is now 12 of 14 on field goals this season, including 12 for 12 in Big 12 play.
• Increased his OU and Big 12 scoring record to 476 career points with his 11 points.
• Now has 302 career extra-point makes in 307 attempts, increasing his NCAA records for both.

Trey Sermon

• Scored his 11th rushing touchdown of the season and 16th of his career on a 1-yard run in the second quarter.

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