SoonerScoop – Meltdown in Morgantown

Morgantown, W.; – Everyone took a turn in Oklahoma in terms of no-delivery on game day.

The defense had warts. Offensively, it wasn’t always clicked. But something a little different happened in the most disappointing loss of the season.

When you combine discipline issues on the field with questionable decisions in some plays, it was a rough afternoon for the OU coaching team in a baffling 23-20 loss to West Virginia on Saturday afternoon.

The WVU started an off-field field goal for their first win against Oklahoma since entering the Big 12.

You can start from the third position down, but you have to include the fourth position down. Especially in the Big 12 Conference. The game is, more than ever, a four-way deal compared to three plays and off the field in this conference.

Those close to her feel that they are still adjusting to it. OU was a miserable 1 for 11 in third place and failed both of her fourth chances. Conversely, WVU 7 for 19 was third, but 4 for 5 was fourth.

“We weren’t very good at the wrong times,” said head coach Brent Venables, who is now 5-5 overall in his first season running the OU show. “Really disappointed for our guys. the elderly. The mistakes we made today are things that – again – this game will punish you. It’s about the little things.”

Small things that lead to big things like losing two field goals. Like having six penalties and some at the worst possible time. Like Brayden Willis holding the ball a yard from the line of scrimmage, creating a penalty that goes into the attacking pass and wipes Willis’s touchdown away.

And the big stuff, like Marvin Mims who made a wide-open touchdown pass in the first half. You can massage your way through one or two, but OU tends to happen all in one game so when you win a 2-0 spin battle, it doesn’t matter.

Things seemed stable for the organizational unit. From 3-3 to 5-3, there was reason to be hopeful, to believe that the team had come up with an unforgettable final.

Now that Bedlam vs Oklahoma State approaches, your guess is as good as anyone else about what’s left in the tank for the Young Venables.

“Whether it’s from the coaches or other leaders on the team, you have to be practical, you have to be honest and you have to have accountability,” Venables said. “We have been talking about finishing the right way for a long time. We will continue to emphasize those things.

“The journey is difficult. It is a challenge. Through disappointment, there is an opportunity to grow and improve. That is what we will try to do in the last two games.”

A journey made even more difficult after losing the most perplexing season to prevent OU from qualifying for another week.

Shall we go or not?

There will be plenty of decisions for OU fans to question what was rational, but nothing will eat them more than a decision to have Zach Schmidt shoot a field goal with more than six minutes left in the game.

OU faced fourth and third in the WVU 29-yard line, and there was no hesitation from the Venables to make that call.

Schmidt hit upright. The Mountaineers took control with 6:24 left, and the OU never saw the ball again.

“Zach – it was great,” Venables said. “All the way since the spring ball. And as I saw there, he had a lot of legs. Conditions weren’t that bad on the court.

“And again, based on what we’ve been up to, no execution all day, I didn’t think we’d miraculously come up with such a big shift from fourth place down so offensively.”

WVU went 65 yards in 15 plays, forced the OU to use all three timeouts and kicked a 25-yard chip field target when the clock hit zero.

Injury to the foundation impurities in the rocks

OU was already without defensive backs Jaden Davis and Key Lawrence in the match, but the Sooners lost a crucial element in the first half when Justin Broiles went down.

“Really emotional. “It’s kind of the heartbeat of this team,” said linebacker Dashon White. “To see him go down, it took me a while to get out of it. He is the heart of this team. Everyone loves him. Seeing him down was kind of rough. I hope for the best.”

The inclusions appear to be reduced from a non-contact injury. He was still trying to shoot the team, and his teammates surrounded him while Broyles was helping off the field.

“It was tough,” said Billy Bowman Safety. “He is one of our best leaders. He is one of my best friends on the team. So it was harsh. We just wanted to go out and win for him, but unfortunately, we failed.”

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Stunning gray again

There’s not much, again, that Eric Gray can do. With the offense inconsistent in the scrolling game, he needed to be the guy.

And again, Aslam. Gray finished at 211 yards on 25 autos and two landings.

“Maybe what I hate the most is that Eric played the way he played again and he’s not going to enjoy it,” said offensive coordinator Jeff Libby. “For the second week in a row it’s a short story for other reasons – today’s situational football.”

Gray’s record is the only two OU downside for the game. Dillon Gabriel threw for 190 yards but did not turn the ball.

Gray crossed the 1,000-yard mark for the season during the game.

RSJ and Bowman unite for two points

West Virginia scored 33 seconds before the break to become OU 10-6. Kick the extra point and make it a field goal difference in the first half?

wrong – wrong – wronged

WVU missed the snap, and Robert Spears Jennings made a powerful kick to take the ball out. Billy Bowman regained the confusion and ran back for two points.

“I just got out of the line of scrimmage,” Bowman said. “I am the safe player, make sure there are no fakes. They fumbled and RJ hits the ball and the ball just bounced and I caught it and ran with it.

“It felt good. But you could probably say, ‘That brace, I’m sick of that brace. It’s time to get rid of it. It kind of restricts me a little bit. But it felt good to get the ball back in my hand.'”

Bowman made seven tackles, and Spurs Jennings made four tackles per game.

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