Observations: West Virginia football in the state of Oklahoma




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Each week, WVSports.com Editor-in-Chief Keenan Cummings shares a look at some of the things he’s noticed throughout the game and on the stat sheet.

These observations are a snapshot of what transpired in West Virginia’s 24-19 win over Oklahoma State and what could happen next for the Mountaineers.

— If I told you before the season that West Virginia beat Virginia Tech by the greatest amount ever at Lane Stadium, beat Baylor, and eventually beat Oklahoma and took to the streets and beat Oklahoma State, you would have been pretty excited, right ? Well, all that led to it was a 5-7 finish in a season that gave the Mountaineers, under head coach Neal Brown, their third losing season in four years. Yes, credit goes to this team for going out with a bunch of young players and finding a way to do something no West Virginia team has done since 2014 when they beat the Cowboys at Stillwater, but let’s get started doesn’t mean the team isn’t the same without Spencer Sanders. Still, this is Oklahoma State’s first home loss in 14 games and at least gives the Mountaineers some momentum going into the offseason, regardless of what unfolds in the coming days and weeks. Every win is big, but it hasn’t happened that West Virginia has beaten both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in the same year since West Virginia joined the Big 12, regardless of how things have played out.

–West Virginia had one 50-yard run all season before this game, but redshirt freshman Jaylen Anderson had two 50-yard touchdown runs in the third quarter. He finished that game with 14 carries for 155 yards and those two points, showing both strength and patience. This is a player who found himself way down the depth chart at halftime this season and just put his head down and kept working and trying to improve. This paid off greatly when the climbers needed it most.

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