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No. 11 Oklahoma State stung by West Virginia, 31-20


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Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy felt his team was walking in to a hornet's nest in Morgantown, and his Cowboys got stung on their way out. West Virginia took advantage of some Oklahoma State turnovers and scored a surprising 30-21 victory against a team that looked to be a Big 12 contender this season.

It is far too early to suggest Oklahoma State is out of the Big 12 hunt before October, but a loss to West Virginia is something few saw coming. The Mountaineers were blanked by Maryland last week (37-0) and had been scuffling on offense. West Virginia even looked to be going through another long afternoon in the first quarter following a 73-yard touchdown pass from J.W. Walsh to Josh Stewart. The defense was back on the field minutes later but it was this unit that provided the spark for West Virginia. A 58-yard interception returned for a touchdown by Ishmaeil Banks tied the game and West Virginia never really looked back.

West Virginia took a 24-14 lead in to the half with Florida State transfer Clint Trickett getting the start at quarterback. Trickett ended his day passing for 309 yards and a touchdown, but he was intercepted twice as well. West Virginia's offense did not put up the same numbers Oklahoma State did, but they managed to do enough to find a way to win and that could bode well for this program moving forward.

This is still a bit of a rebuilding year for West Virginia, but now they are 1-1 in Big 12 play and 3-2 overall. this season could have easily turned south for Dana Holgorsen's team, so building off of what worked against Oklahoma State could send the season heading in a different direction. West Virginia has Baylor next, which will not be easy given the offense the Bears pack. But it is better to head to Waco off a win rather than an 0-2 Big 12 record.

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Kevin McGuire

About Kevin McGuire

Contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Member of the FWAA and National Football Foundation. College Football Hall of Fame voter. Also managing Bloguin's NittanyLionsDen.com and Macho-Row.com.

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