MORGANTOWN -- The underdog West Virginia Mountaineers, taking advantage of numerous breaks and getting winning quarterback play out of first-time starter Clint Trickett, stunned the No. 11 Oklahoma State Cowboys 30-21 before 57,280 fans in Milan Puskar Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The victory erased the memory of a 37-0 loss to border rival Maryland a week ago and ended a five-game Cowboys winning streak.
WVU went to 3-2, with OSU falling to 3-1.
Trickett completed 24 of 50 passes for 309 yards and a touchdown with a pair of interceptions.
Trickett was WVU's third starting quarterback in five games, replacing an injured Ford Childress, and it made a difference in a surprising first half that saw the Mountaineers take a 24-14 halftime lead.
Granted, all of the breaks seemed to fall West Virginia's way, including an interception by cornerback Ishmael Banks that was run back 58 yards for the Mountaineers' first TD to tie the game at 7-7 after J.W. Walsh's middle screen to Josh Stewart was turned into a 73-yard touchdown.
Starting with Banks' return, everything broke West Virginia's way including:
--WVU missing a field goal only to have it annulled because Dana Holgorsen had called time out because only one second was left on the clock. Josh Lambert followed up by hitting the field goal.
--Lambert had an extra point blocked and run back for a two-point conversion by Oklahoma State, which would have made it a seven-point halftime game instead of 10, but the Cowboys were offside.
--OSU had a pair of punts that traveled 16 and 13 yards, each giving WVU good field position which helped them score touchdowns.
--Trickett fumbled but managed to recover the ball, while OSU's Jeremy Smith lost a fumble that was recovered by Isaiah Bruce, setting up a field goal.
Trickett put together a solid half with 13 of 24 passing for 169 yards and a 17-yard touchdown to Kevin White despite two interceptions, while Walsh was 13 of 25 for 205 yards and two TDs.
There was only one score in the third quarter, a 30-yard pass play from Oklahoma State's Walsh to Jeremy Seaton to narrow the score to 24-21 as WVU escaped its continual special teams' foul-ups that included returning the second-half kickoff to its own 3, having Jordan Thompson fair catch a punt on the 3 and missing a field goal.
WVU was clinging to that lead early in the fourth quarter when Trickett somehow got his team a delay of game penalty and was taken out of the game in favor of Paul Millard. Trickett missed only one play, perhaps because of illness or an equipment problem as he went to the locker room briefly.
The delay cost WVU a chance to make a first down and forced them to punt, giving OSU the ball in the Mountaineers' territory. The Cowboys drove to the 1 before stalling, and Ben Grogan missed a chip-shot field goal from 23 yards out that would have tied the game 24-24 with 9:47 left.
WVU added a pair of fourth-quarter field goals from Lambert, from 27 and 34 yards, to close out the scoring.
NOTES: The most significant change made by Holgorsen other than at quarterback was moving starting left tackle Quinton Spain to left guard. ... WVU's leading tackler, linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, was not dressed and missed the game with a hamstring injury. ... West Virginia had 10 rushing yards in the first half. ... Through three quarters, WVU had run 20 more plays than the 47 plays they ran at Maryland. ... When Oklahoma State missed a 23-yard field goal in the fourth quarter it marked the first time this year they had traveled into the red zone and failed to score a touchdown. They were 15-for-15 until then. ... OSU cornerback Justin Gilbert was ejected and charged with a flagrant personal foul after punching WVU receiver Kevin White late in the fourth quarter.