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OSU’s Defense Puts Up Another Impressive Performance in Morgantown

OSU’s defense bent before breaking WVU’s hopes.

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There was talk about Oklahoma State needing its defense to win this game in Morgantown with quarterback Spencer Sanders out, and that’s what the Cowboys did.

OSU beat West Virginia 20-13 in Milan Puskar Stadium in classic bend without breaking fashion. The Mountaineers got into the red zone three times, but walked away with only six total red-zone points.

West Virginia’s final possession was the epitome of how the Cowboys’ defense played Saturday. The Mountaineers started at their 25 after an OSU field goal. WVU marched down the field an converted a fourth down on the Cowboys’ 18, and it looked like the Mountaineers would have a chance to go for the tie or the win when Jim Knowles’ boys put the clamps back on.

After an incompletion on first down, Amen Ogbongbemiga blew up a wide receiver screen for a loss. That stop tied Ogbongbemiga’s career high of 11 tackles. It also set a new season-high for team tackles for loss in a game this season at 10.

On third down WVU quarterback Jarret Doege had T.J. Simmons open across the middle, or so he thought. Reigning Big 12 Player of the Week Kolby Harvell-Peel knocked the ball away from Simmons as it got to him, forcing a game-deciding fourth down.

That’s where Knowles let it all hang out. With the game on the line, Knowles sent seven pass rushers after Doege, who was in just his second start of the season. Ogbongbemiga planted Doege as he sailed a pass over the head of his intended target.


Another moment the world should’ve known OSU’s defense wasn’t going to lose this game came in the second quarter.

West Virginia had a first-and-goal on OSU’s 1 yard-line. The Mountaineers ran back-to-back quarterback sneaks with Doege but both got stuffed. WVU jumped on third down, moving it back five yards. Freshman Trace Ford hit Doege’s arm on his third-down throw, and the Mountaineers had to settle for three … after having a first down at the 1.

Saturday’s win makes the Cowboys 60-0 in the Mike Gundy era when holding opponents to fewer than 20 points.

This is the seventh season in Gundy’s tenure that OSU has held at least three Big 12 opponents to under 20 points. The last time OSU did that was in 2017 when the Cowboys beat Baylor 59-16, Texas 13-10 and Kansas 58-17. OSU didn’t hold one Big 12 opponent under 20 points last season.

The Mountaineers had only nine drives Saturday, but their 1.44 points per drive was still the fourth-fewest OSU allowed this season.

Opponent Points Per Drive
McNeese 0.93
Kansas 1
Kansas State 1.08
West Virginia 1.44
Tulsa 1.62
TCU 1.8
Texas 2.77
Texas Tech 2.8
Oregon State 3.27
Baylor 3.46

 

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