MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Oklahoma's Landry Jones hit wide receiver Kenny Stills with his sixth touchdown pass of the game, a 5-yard strike with 24 seconds left, to lift the Sooners to a thrilling 50-49 victory over West Virginia on Saturday.
Jones broke his own Oklahoma school record with 555 passing yards. Stills made 10 receptions for 92 yards and four touchdowns.
The Sooners overcame an huge performance by the Mountaineers' Tavon Austin, who set Big 12 and school records with 572 all-purpose yards.
The nation's leading receiver with 96 receptions entering the game, Austin was moved to running back by coach Dana Holgorsen in a surprise decision. Austin displayed an amazing array of moves that took him back to high school days at Dunbar in Baltimore, Md., when he accounted for more than 9,000 all-purpose yards.
Austin rushed for 344 yards, a WVU school record, while catching four passes for 82 yards and returning seven kicks for 142.
Austin's versatility mystified Oklahoma (8-2, 6-1 Big 12), but he couldn't prevent West Virginia (5-5, 2-5) from taking its fifth loss in a row. Mountaineers receiver Stedman Bailey wound up with 13 catches for 205 yards and four touchdowns, while quarterback Geno Smith went 20-for-35 for 320 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.
Jalen Saunders (seven catches, 123 yards, one touchdown) and Justin Brown (six catches, 112 yards) enjoyed big receiving games for the Sooners.
Early in the week, asked if he might consider a position switch for Austin, Holgorsen hedged with his answer.
"I wish we could clone him and put three of him out there," he said. "We have obviously felt like he is a pretty good inside receiver, and it has always been the thing on what can we do to get the ball in his hands. And you want to get it into his hands as much as we can. With that said, his trade has been being an inside receiver for four years now. We will continue to try and come up with creative ways to get him the ball, because he is as dynamic as it comes in college football, when it comes to him having the ball in his hands."
Jones completed 38 of 51 passes. He was intercepted once.
Oklahoma scored on a 4-yard pass from Jones to Trey Millard on the opening drive. The extra point made it 7-0 as the Sooners became the fifth consecutive team to score first against the Mountaineers.
The Mountaineers' first drive ended with an Aaron Colvin interception of WVU quarterback Geno Smith. That led to a 32-yard field goal by Michael Hunnicutt, and the Sooners led 10-0.
Austin, still at tailback, broke loose on a 31-yard scamper, WVU's longest since Andrew Buie ran for 30 yards against Texas on Oct. 6. The big play set up a 19-yard field goal that cut the Sooners' lead to 10-3 as the first quarter ended.
The offenses came to life with big plays in the second quarter as Oklahoma rushed to a 31-17 halftime lead.
The Sooners' scores came on a 76-yard pass from Jones to Saunders, a 4-yard pass to Stills and a 48-yard run by Damien Williams. By the half, Jones had 270 passing yards against the nation's worst pass defense.
WVU remained in contact, as Smith, shaky for much of the half, made a perfect throw to Bailey for a touchdown from 33 yards out. Earlier in the quarter, the Mountaineers' Andrew Buie banged in for a touchdown from a yard out.
Austin finished the half with 259 all-purpose yards, 80 rushing, 82 receiving and 97 on kick returns.
NOTES: The game marked Oklahoma's first trip to West Virginia ... Holgorsen invited a number of former players to address his slumping team before the game, including former quarterback Pat White and former defensive end Bruce Irvin, a first-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in last year's NFL draft ... Jones moved into second place in the Big 12 and fifth place in NCAA passing history as he went past 15,000 career yards .. Jones also became the third quarterback in Football Bowl Subdivision history to throw for at least 3,000 yards in four straight seasons. The others were Timmy Chang of Hawaii and Kellen Moore of Boise State.