All plays matter but some factor into the outcome more than others. In this week’s film review, take a look at the five plays that told the story of Oklahoma and West Virginia.
Game No. 4: OU 44, West Virginia 24
Play No. 1: Welcome back, Michiah Quick
The fun thing to say has been how Quick has been out of sight and out of mind. Now it’s true Quick hadn’t caught a pass before Saturday, it’s not true he wasn’t a factor.
Quick has gotten himself out of the doghouse and was the special teams player of the week two weeks ago before making an impact on offense against the Mountaineers.
All three of his catches were pretty big, but we’ll start with the first one.
The game was still scoreless with under 10 minutes left in the first quarter when Mayfield found Quick for a 34-yard reception in Quick’s first play of the game.
Big for Mayfield to show that type of confidence in Quick and obviously a major moment for Quick to make the catch as his hands have been the biggest issue.
Quick finished with three catches for 69 yards.
Play No. 2: Dimon, Ward combine for turnover
There was only one drive in the second half where West Virginia had a chance to tie the game. Having already erased 10 points off the OU lead to make it 24-17 with 5:43 left in the third quarter, the Mountaineers took over at their own 34 yard line.
On third down, great pursuit by Devante Bond led quarterback Skyler Howard to get sacked by Matt Dimon, who caused a fumble that was recovered by D.J. Ward.
The Sooners were only able to get a field goal out of that first-and-goal situation, but it was a sign of things to come for OU’s defense in the rest of the game.
Play No. 3: Neal finds the end zone
For as good as senior receiver Durron Neal has been this season, he hasn’t been any able to celebrate any touchdowns.
That all changed with less than a minute left in the third quarter. After WVU narrowed the margin to 27-24, OU needed just three plays to go 95 yards and get things rolling once again.
On first-and-10 from the WVU 29, Neal was able to get free down the sideline. Quarterback Baker Mayfield put the ball exactly where it needed to be, and the senior cruised 71 yards into the end zone.
Play No. 4: Stoops saves the day
The one that might have slipped your mind. OU now up 34-24 heading into the fourth quarter when it looked like Howard had made some special kind of magic happen.
Facing a second-and-one at WVU’s 46, OU’s Eric Striker and Jordan Evans both pursued Howard and Evans appeared to have made a sack.
As Howard was falling down, he found Wendel Smallwood for a major gain to set up the Mountaineers well into OU territory.
Until Bob Stoops made sure he wanted that play to be reviewed. Stoops has been hobbled all season, but he ran as fast as he could to make sure WVU didn’t get that snap off.
Replay clearly showed Evans had made the sack before the Howard pass. And just like that, WVU was in a hole it couldn’t get out of.
Play No. 5: Striker, Evans punctuate defensive day
Could there be any other choice? It was one last hope for WVU after an interception by Baker Mayfield, but it was thwarted pretty quickly.
On a first down play, Howard was hit from the blind side by Striker coming off the edge and hit his arm as he was about to release it. The ensuing fumble was scooped up by Jordan Evans, who went 41 yards for the game’s final touchdown.
OU forced five turnovers on this day and scored its first touchdown of the season to highlight an entertaining afternoon in Norman.