Start No. 2 wasn't as kind to the redshirt freshman. OU coaches can live with some jitters, but the turnovers proved to be his undoing in the second half. Knight finished 10 of 20 for 119 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. But he was 1-of-5 for 6 yards and the two picks in the third quarter, which led to junior Blake Bell coming in during the fourth quarter.
"He did some positive things early," offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. "Some things happened in the third quarter that he just can't do."
With the passing game out of sync, OU relied on its rushing attack once again. And once again, the Sooners delivered to the tune of 316 rushing yards. This time it was all about senior running back Brennan Clay, who rallied off big run after big run in the second half. He finished with a career-high 170 yards on 22 carries. Running behind Trey Millard and Aaron Ripkowski, Clay was able to find holes and a lot of success.
The night didn't start well for Lynn, who was one of several OU players that missed tackles on Dreamius Smith's long touchdown run in the first quarter. But it got better and better as the night went on as Lynn recorded his first career interception and also had a fumble recovery.
"He's a very versatile player," OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. "He does a lot of things well. And I think we finally got the right position for him where he's really comfortable."
For whatever reason, the receivers and Knight have not been able to be on the same page through the first two games of the season. And when opportunities have been there, they haven't delivered. LaColtan Bester had a nice 32-yard reception in the first half but fumbled the ball away. Sterling Shepard could have perhaps scored a touchdown on a nice screen design, but he tripped up over his own feet and OU had to settle for a field goal. The receivers also missed the hot route on a West Virginia blitz that led to Knight fumbling the ball away in the first half.
Punting seemed to be an issue during the spring and the first part of camp. OU coach Bob Stoops kept reassuring people Barnett was on top of things. Looks like Stoops might have been right on that one. Barnett averaged 44.6 yards per punt and nailed three inside the 20 yard line. West Virginia had minus-2 punt return yards. That's getting the job done.
A lot of good things happened for the Sooners against West Virginia, but the questions surrounding the quarterback play is a huge cause for concern.
Overall team grade: B-