Sooners deal Mountaineers heartbreaking loss
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Gabe Brkic’s 30-yard field goal as time expired gave No. 4 Oklahoma a 16-13 win over West Virginia on Saturday night.
Oklahoma started its final possession at its 8-yard line with 3:39 remaining. Quarterback Spencer Rattler, who was booed by the home fans on several occasions, completed all six of his passes for 54 yards on the final drive to get the Sooners into scoring range. The final drive was 14 plays and 80 yards.
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley was disappointed that the crowd turned on Rattler and gave him credit for his late-game effort.
“I’ll tell you what, it takes a lot of balls to do what we did there at the end,” he said. “So people better see that too.”
Rattler passed for 256 yards and a touchdown. Mike Woods caught eight passes for 86 yards for the Sooners (4-0, 1-0 Big 12), who won their third game by seven or fewer points this season.
West Virginia (2-2, 0-1), coming off a 27-21 win over then-No. 15 Virginia Tech, was held to 226 total yards.
“That was a tough, physical football game, and I thought we went toe-to-toe with Oklahoma here in their back yard,” West Virginia coach Neal Brown said. “If you look at it, we had chances. I think absolutely, we had some chances. The game played out in a good way for us, and we just ran out of time.”
West Virginia opened the game with a 17-play, 75-yard drive that took more than nine minutes and ended with a 2-yard Garrett Greene touchdown run.
Oklahoma evened the score on Rattler’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Austin Stogner.
After Rattler threw an interception to West Virginia cornerback Jackie Matthews late in the first half, a loud chant of “We want Caleb!” — referring to backup quarterback Caleb Williams — rang out.
Rattler said he didn’t understand why the crowd responded negatively.
“We kind of just lock in on what we’ve got to lock it on,” Rattler said. “I don’t really like — I don’t care. We don’t care. It doesn’t matter. We’re out here to win a game and they’re in the stands.”
Casey Legg’s 25-yard field goal as time expired in the first half gave the Mountaineers a 10-7 lead at the break. Oklahoma had just 91 yards of total offense in the first half.
The Sooners moved down the field to open the second half, and a 28-yard field goal by Brkic tied the score. Legg responded with a 21-yarder to put West Virginia back ahead by three.
Brkic’s 35-yard field goal with 8:59 remaining tied the score at 13.
West Virginia, aided by a roughing the passer penalty against Oklahoma, moved into scoring range on its next drive. But the Mountaineers lost 21 yards on a bad snap and eventually were forced to punt, setting up Oklahoma’s final drive.