OU tidbits: West Virginia

Talking all the little things in OU's 45-33 win at West Virginia.

Some more news and notes from Oklahoma’s 45-33 victory at West Virginia.

Hunicutt sets record

It was just another extra point for Michael Hunnicutt in the third quarter to give OU a 38-27 lead, but it has put him in the school’s record books.

Hunnicutt is now OU’s all-time leading scorer with 392 points, surpassing DeMarco Murray, who had 390 points.

Hunnicutt drilled a 42-yard field goal in the first quarter, his longest of the season. He has now made a field goal in 21 consecutive games for the Sooners.

“He has been great and steady with a very strong leg,” head coach Bob Stoops said. “Not that I want to, but he can hit 53 and 54-yard field goals. We have a lot of confidence in him in that sense.”

Ross hits another home run

Tennessee found a way to slow down Alex Ross, but the sophomore was back to hitting at least one home run for the Sooners at West Virginia.

Ross had what might have been the biggest play of the game with the 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown right before halftime.

“That’s a bad deal,” West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. “It happened a couple of times in the first half. Every time we had some success, they came right back. That’s a sign of a good team.”

Ross had two returns for 131 yards, eight carries for 56 yards and three catches for 19 yards to give him 206 yards of total offense.

It is the first time in OU history Sooners have had two plays of at least 100 yards in the same season. Julian Wilson had an interception return for 100 yards last week against the Vols.

Offensive line rebounds

With all that bulk and all that experience, OU is only going to go as far as that offensive line is going to take it. Following a so-so outing against Tennessee, the line was back to being a strength for the Sooners.

OU rushed for 301 yards on 46 carries, averaging 6.5 yards per carry. Samaje Perine carried the load, but was quick to give the line credit after the game.

Quarterback Trevor Knight wasn’t sacked and wasn’t really ever in any sort of trouble throughout the night.

It was the first time offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh had returned to Morgantown since leaving for OU from West Virginia, and the offensive line came up huge.

OU excels in red zone

For all the success OU had in the first three games, the red zone actually hadn’t been that kind to the Sooners. OU was 8-of-9 entering the game but only five of those conversions were touchdowns.

OU was a perfect 5-of-5 in Morgantown with all five resulting in touchdowns. Durron Neal threw a touchdown pass to Trevor Knight, while Perine’s four rushing touchdowns all occurred in the red zone.

Streaks alive

Cornerback Zack Sanchez recorded an interception for the fifth straight game and sixth out of his last seven.

Wide receiver Sterling Shepard now has three consecutive 100-yard receiving games after having six catches for 101 yards against West Virginia.

OU has won 22 consecutive games when scoring at least 30 points and 36 in a row when rushing for at least 200 yards.


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