Every play matters but some stick out more than others. Each week Sooners Illustrated will look at the five plays that stood out in Oklahoma's performance.
Play No. 1: West Virginia personal foul penalty on Barnett
The Mountaineers defense had done their job for the second straight drive to open the game when a special teams mistake put them back out there. OU was at its 28 yard line when West Virginia's Daryl Worley roughed OU punter Jed Barnett to give the Sooners new life. OU didn't score a touchdown but did kick a field goal to get on the board. It was a disastrous night on special teams for West Virginia, which also included a muffed punt to give OU more momentum later in the quarter.
OU was having a tough time moving the ball to start the game and this was the shot in the arm the offense had to have.
Play No. 2: Everett sack and forced fumble, Ndulue recovers
A sign of the attacking presence of this OU defense through two games. West Virginia faced third-and-seven at the OU 46 yard line early in the second quarter. Instead of reacting, OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops sent pressure in the form of defensive back Kass Everett. He was able to get through and nail quarterback Paul Millard as he was preparing to throw, and Chuka Ndulue recovered the fumble for the Sooners.
This was the first sack of Everett's career, and he got everything he could in that hit. It was timed perfectly, and it was one of several big plays on defense during the night.
Play No. 3: Clay 34-yard run
In all actuality, you can pick any number of Brennan Clay runs from the third quarter. There were a lot of choices. Clay finished the third quarter with 14 carries for 129 yards, including runs of 34, 26 and 32 yards. It was a banner night for Clay, who finished with a career-high 170 yards on 22 carries.
Play No. 4: Knight's second interception
The previous drive saw Trevor Knight be intercepted in the end zone, but OU was still trying to get its quarterback going midway through the third quarter. The first interception was on a pass that needed to be a little higher. But the second one was just a bad decision. OU had second-and-12 from the West Virginia's 27 yard line and Knight made an ill-advised throw that was picked off inside the 5 yard line.
This might be the play that Knight is remembered for if Blake Bell ends up winning the quarterback battle. Back-to-back turnovers in the quarter through the air made OU go on the ground for the rest of the game.
Play No. 5: OU denies Mountaineers one more time
The game was done. It was 16-7 with no time left, except for an untimed down. It didn't matter if West Virginia scored from the goal line. Oh, but it did to the OU defense. Eric Striker and Quentin Hayes combined for a three-yard loss to close out the game and punctuate a solid defensive outing in the second half for the Sooners.
The energy of the defense is something that wasn't seen that often last year. Sparked by guys like Striker and Charles Tapper, it's simply a new attitude this year with OU's defense.