Reaction: WVU-Oklahoma

West Virginia was hurt by the lack of contain in the run game defensively and lack of protection to allow big plays on the outside offensively in the 45-33 loss to Oklahoma. Here, coordinator Tony Gibson and receiver Kevin White detail the issues that most plagued the Mountaineers in their second defeat to a top five team in the first four weeks.

First, Gibson discusses Oklahoma's adjustments at the break, and how the Sooners were able to attack the vacated areas of WVU's odd front multiple defense. OU rolled up 180 yards on the ground in the second half, and rode freshman back Samaje Perine to a key road win. In all, the Sooners tallied 510 offensive yards, still three shy of WVU's 513, and controlled the line of scrimmage throughout the third and fourth quarters.

White, who had 173 yards on 10 catches, said he felt like the wideouts were pressing, and that Oklahoma's kickoff return for touchdown just before the half both deflated the team and caused the offense to believe it had to do more than it did. White also discusses the halftime changes, and the single aspect he would have liked to see the offense execute to have an increased chance at the upset.


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