Since joining the Big 12 Conference West Virginia is 0-7 against Oklahoma. The Sooners are the only conference team the Mountaineers have failed to record a win against. To add insult to injury, OU has scored at least 44 points in six of the seven contests and have an average margin of victory of 53-34.
As the Sooners look to strengthen their grip on the conference race, and improve to 7-0 on the season when the host WVU, here are ten things you’ll want to know about Saturday’s game.
1. There’s Only One!
Oklahoma is the nation’s only team this year with at least 19 rushing touchdowns (19) and at least 19 passing TDs (20).
2. Bringing The Pressure
West Virginia has 17 sacks on the year, ranking No. 3 in the Big 12 Conference and No. 27 nationally.
3. That’s A Huge Gap!
The Sooners have run one less play than their opponents this season (390- 391) but have outgained them by a staggering 1,688 yards (3,730-2,032). OU leads the nation in total offense (621.7 ypg) despite ranking 111th in plays per game (just 65.0).
4. Sam I Am
Sam James leads West Virginia in receptions (37) and ranks No. 3 in the Big 12 and No. 21 nationally in receptions per game (6.2). James is No. 11 in the Big 12 in receiving yards (359) and No. 4 in kickoff return yards per game (19.4).
5. No Hangover Here
The Sooners have won 19 of their last 20 games the week after playing Texas. The lone loss was to Kansas State in 2014 by a final score of 31-30.
6. Hey, We Know That Guy
One time Oklahoma backup quarterback, and current West Virginia starter, Austin Kendall is No. 3 in the Big 12 and No. 29 nationally in completions per game (21.0) and No. 4 in the Big 12 and No. 24 nationally in completion percentage (.660).
Kendall is No. 6 in the Big 12 in passing yards per game (207.8) and No. 6 in the Big 12 in total offense per game (216.8).
7. Things That Keep Defensive Coordinators Up At Night
Oklahoma receiver CeeDee Lamb is tied for the national lead in touchdown receptions (10) and ranks 11th in yards per catch (21.8) and 12th in receiving yards per game (101.7).
Teammate Charleston Rambo ranks third in the nation with 23.9 yards per catch and averages 67.7 yards per game with four touchdown catches this season.
The duo has combined for nine catches of at least 45 yards this season.
8. Much More Effective Through The Air
West Virginia’s rushing game has totaled 566 yards for an average of 3.1 yards per carry and seven touchdowns. The Mountaineer passing attack has totaled 1,391 yards, 10 touchdowns and an average of 9.6 yards per completion.
9. One For The Ages
Last year’s Oklahoma/West Virginia game, played in Morgantown, was the third-highest-scoring game in program history for the Sooners (115 points). Oklahoma outlasted West Virginia 59-56 on Nov. 23 to record its 20th consecutive true road win and secure a berth in its 10th Big 12 Championship Game.
10. Coming Full Circle
In Big 12 play, the Sooners rank first in pass defense efficiency (122.9), second in passing defense (187.3 ypg), scoring defense (21.0 ppg) and sacks (4.3 per game), third in total defense (328.0 ypg) and fourth in rushing defense (140.7 ypg).
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