One of the best games of the NCAA football season, not just in the Big 12, came Nov. 17 during week 11 last year when the Oklahoma Sooners went to Morgantown to face West Virginia for the first time as conference foes.
The Mountaineers were on a four-game losing streak and 2-4 in the Big 12, 5-4 overall. The Sooners were 7-2 and No. 13 in the country.
Landry Jones threw for a school-record 554 yards and tied a career-high with six touchdowns in that game, including the game-winning score from five yards out to receiver Kenny Stills with 24 seconds left.
If this year’s Sooners don’t want to sweat it out again, the defense needs to be much better this time around. The Sooners gave up a whopping 778 yards, 344 to Tavon Austin, but still managed to move to 8-2.
Turn the page to 2013 and both enter week 2 at 1-0 and set to play their first conference game of the year.
Last week, Oklahoma started slowly, punting on its first four drives, but came away with a 34-0 victory over Louisiana-Monroe to give freshman quarterback Trevor Knight his first win, as well as Bob Stoops’ 150th career victory. Stoops now sits seven wins away from Barry Switzer’s school record.
Knight didn’t pass well all night, though he did throw three touchdowns, but managed to lead the team in rushing with 103 yards. The Sooners finished with 305 yards on the ground for the night. Jalen Saunders caught two scores, while Trey Metoyer caught the other.
It was the Sooners’ 14th opening win in Stoops’ 15 years at the school.
Things were a little different for West Virginia. The Mountaineers struggled with FCS William & Mary, but squeezed out with a 24-17 win. Freshman running back Wendall Smallwood rushed for a 2-yard touchdown with 3:22 left to secure the victory.
The Mountaineers were down as much as 17-7 before a field goal and a 69-yard touchdown from junior quarterback Paul Millard to sophomore receiver Ronald Carswell tied the game up. Millard finished 19-for-25 for 237 yards.
Senior running back Charles Sims got the scoring going with a 11-yarder in the first. Sims, who spent his first three years at the University of Houston, finished with a game-high 120 yards, the fifth-highest mark of his career.