Oklahoma 16, West Virginia 7

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


NORMAN, Okla. -- A week ago, Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight started slowly but finished with a flourish.
On Saturday night against West Virginia, Knight didn't just start slowly, he played the whole game the same way and Oklahoma needed a boost from the Belldozer to get past the Mountaineers.
Knight threw two red-zone interceptions in the second half and was replaced at the beginning of the fourth quarter by second-team quarterback Blake Bell as the No. 16-ranked Sooners survived for a 16-7 victory at Memorial Stadium.
Knight was just 11-of-28 passing a week ago for 86 yards but rushed for more than 100 and Oklahoma's defense bailed out the offense in a 34-0 win.
Against West Virginia, the Sooners were bailed out by a brutal Mountaineers offense and enough timely running.
Knight started just 3-of-9 passing in the first quarter and had as many interceptions in the second half (two) as completions. That forced Oklahoma to go back to Bell at quarterback.
The junior, who lost the starting job in mid-August to Knight, had 24 touchdowns the past two seasons, playing in primarily short-yardage situations and in goal-line chances. On Saturday in his first series, he led Oklahoma to a field goal and a 16-7 lead with 10:47 to play. He also led the Sooners to what looked like another field goal, but Michael Hunnicutt's kick hit the crossbar.
The teams traded turnovers -- eight through three quarters -- and neither team's quarterback was very good. WVU's Paul Millard was 15-of-33 passing through three quarters and finished 21 of 41 for 218 yards.
The game wasn't quite like the one in Morgantown, W.V., a season ago when the Sooners out-passed and outlasted West Virginia 50-49.
Oklahoma turned to running back Brennan Clay, who ran for a career-high 170 yards.
Meanwhile, West Virginia had almost no success offensively, aside from a 75-yard touchdown run from Dreamius Smith in the first quarter. Other than that, West Virginia managed just 94 yards on the ground the rest of the game.