In 2013, WVU rode 426 yards of total offense by Tavon Austin to come thisclose to defeating Oklahoma, dropping a 50-49 decision when the then-No. 13 Sooners converted a fourth and goal from the five-yard line for the winning score. The next two seasons would swing between a defensive struggle with abominable offense to a well-played affair by both teams, both of which resulted in Mountaineer defeats. Now, without any proven All-American-level players on offense, the Mountaineers are finding the balance between utilizing individual skill and spreading the threats throughout the line-up. Quarterback Skyler Howard, above, detailed that ideal and his expectations for crowd noise and silent communication in battling the expected 82,000-plus in Norman.
Among the emerging threats for 23rd-rated West Virginia is A back Elijah Wellman, who has two catches for scores and has become the Mountaineers' best blocker out of the backfield. The versatile sophomore has helped WVU average more than 540 yards and 43 points per game, incluidng an exceptional 220 yards via the ground. The 6-2, 234-pounder, below, discussed the development of his game, and his goals for matching up with a sizable Oklahoma front seven led by among the best linebackers in the nation in Eric Striker.
And finally Jordan Thompson, with six catches for 72 yards this season, recalls some of the past meeetings with Oklahoma, and how he grew up an OU fan, but wasn't offered by the school. The Katy, Tex. native also details the key plays that plagued WVU a year ago, and how the Mountaineers can counter the pass rush and use Howard's mobility to offset the Sooners' speed. He also dicusses Oklahoma's discipline on defense and the Mountaineers' confidence and the difference in their approach this season against years' past.