The Oklahoma State Cowboys pulled out a narrow 20-13 victory in Morgantown, West Virginia, against the Mountaineers on Saturday to move to 8-3 on the season.
The Cowboys went to work early as they forced the Mountaineers into a 3-and-out to start the game. Oklahoma State took over at their own 26-yard-line and promptly marched down the field. Chuba Hubbard broke free for a 46-yard gain on a screen pass, and a few plays later, Dru Brown hit Jelani Woods for the touchdown pass on 4th and goal from the 1-yard-line to give the Cowboys the 7-0 lead.
The Mountaineers nearly answered with a field goal immediately following the Cowboy touchdown, but Evan Staley missed a 47-yarder. Oklahoma State was forced into a 3-and-out on their next drive, and it appeared as if West Virginia found the end zone on their next drive, but Sam James was ruled down at the 1-yard-line after an 11-yard pass from Jarret Doege. After review, the play stood as called.
The Cowboy defense answered by holding firm for three downs, and the Mountaineers were forced to settle for a field goal, making it 7-3 in favor of Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys were once again forced into a 3-and-out, and the Mountaineers took advantage of the momentum. After a big pass play was negated due to a holding call, West Virginia was able to put together a 6-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a 34-yard touchdown pass from Jarret Doege to George Campbell to give the Mountaineers a 10-7 lead with 5 minutes left in the second quarter, and that would be the score headed into halftime.
Oklahoma State came out in the second half with some momentum as they were able to march down the field with ease. Unfortunately, the success came to a halt when Dru Brown neglected to get rid of the ball in time and was sacked on third down. Matt Ammendola was able to tie the game up at 10-10, though, as he knocked through a 44-yard field goal.
After an unsuccessful drive apiece for the Mountaineers and Cowboys, West Virginia took over on their own 15-yard-line, but they did not stay there for very long. A 39-yard pass from Doege to Campbell got the ball rolling, and it looked as if the Mountaineers were going to get their way into the end zone once again. The Cowboy defense stepped up, however, and forced West Virginia to kick a field goal, giving the Mountaineers a 13-10 lead headed into the fourth quarter.
Dru Brown was finally able to get it going to start the 4th quarter as he figured out how to find his receivers and get rid of the ball quickly. Brown’s ability to nickel-and-dime the West Virginia defense put them on the goal line, and he was able to finish the drive with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Dillon Stoner to give Oklahoma State the 17-13 lead with 11:23 left in the game.
Oklahoma State’s defense stepped up in the clutch and forced the Mountaineers into another 3-and-out. The Cowboys carried the momentum into their offensive drive as they marched down the field once again, but on 3rd and 2 at the 6-yard-line, Chuba Hubbard was unable to get the first down, so Matt Ammendola came out to knock in his second field goal of the day, giving Oklahoma State a 20-13 lead with a little over 6 minutes left to play.
The Mountaineers were not out of the game yet, however, and they went to work moving the ball down the field. West Virginia was able to get inside the red zone, but the Cowboys were able to get the stops necessary. On 4th and 12, Oklahoma State sent an all-out blitz, forcing Doege to throw the ball up into the back of the end zone, which was an incomplete. The Cowboys took over the ball on downs and were able to kneel it and run out the clock, leaving Morgantown with the 20-13 victory.
By the Numbers
- 3: Number of sacks by the Cowboy defense, 2 of which came in a key drive in the third quarter
- 194: Number of yards of total offense by Chuba Hubbard
- 4: Number of red zone trips by the Cowboys, all of which ended in points
- 0: Number of turnovers for both teams in the game
- 0: Number of touchdowns for Chuba Hubbard, the first time he was held scoreless all season long
Bedlam Week Begins
The Cowboys will finish off their regular season at home against in-state rival Oklahoma next Saturday, and depending upon how the Sooners play against the Horned Frogs, this game could have incredible postseason implications.
Kick-off is scheduled for 7 PM, and the game will be televised on FOX.