Unbeaten No. 10 West Virginia faces explosive Oklahoma St.
Oct 30 2016 by Marjorie Miles
Howard's fumble caused by an Oklahoma State sack led to the Cowboys' first touchdown of the day, and matters got worse for Howard when he was intercepted by Ramon Richards, who returned the ball for 59 yards to the West Virginia 9.
Saturday marked West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen's third game in Stillwater since leaving his post as Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator at the end of the 2010 season, but his return was spoiled by junior quarterback Mason Rudolph, who threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns and added another score on the ground.
West Virginia is still a viable candidate, if not the favorites, to win the Big 12, but the playoffs are now out of the question for the Mountaineers this season.
Two plays later, Rudolph hit Lacy for a 5-yard touchdown and a 13-10 OSU lead.
And there's a good chance they'll be even better this season. "We were playing a little loose in coverage. They also take care of the ball when they have it on offense".
Lacy only finished with three catches for 31 yards, but two of those catches were touchdowns.
While WVU appeared to be out of it, it made things interesting in the fourth quarter, as a 12-yard touchdown run by Howard and a short field goal helped the Mountaineers close the deficit to seven. He leads the team with 38 catches, and he has four touchdowns this season. Duvernay has three TD catches, one in each of the last three games and all at least 63 yards long.
"It's hard to gauge rookies on what they might contribute", said Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, a former No. 1 overall pick.
After going 26 of 36 against West Virginia, Rudolph extended his streak of passes without an interception to 138, which stretches over the past four games.
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The Wolverines should win this one fairly easily, but it's a rivalry game, Michigan State will be playing for its season, and, as past year proved, anything can happen.
"They've kind of created a monster here, and the only way to feed it is to win big games like we did today", he said.
Oklahoma State turned those three turnovers into 17 points, perhaps not-so-coincidentally a number that was the Cowboys' margin of victory. We got to make sure we know where he is at at all times. On the defense, Oklahoma State football yields 267.1 yards in passing and 181.6 yards in rushing against their opponents.
Oklahoma State plays at Kansas State on Saturday.
"Just trying to get it out", Howard said during a curt postgame interview. Please see our terms of service for more information.
The Cowboys defense would hold on WVU's next possesion.
WVU practices against tempo and played two of the fastest teams in the Big 12 the previous two weeks. WVU had the lead at 10-6, but not a comfort zone - and OSU was about to step into character.
"We have a bunch of prideful guys in our locker room that feel they can run the ball", WVU running backs coach Ja'Juan Seider said.