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Key Match-Up As Oklahoma Sooners Host West Virginia Mountaineers

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Last year's game featuring the Oklahoma Sooners and West Virginia Moutaineers turned out to be a barn burner. Will this one turn into the same scenario?

Justin K. Aller

The Oklahoma Sooners took on the West Virginia Mountaineers in one of the most exciting games of the season. In an offensive showcase, the teams racked up 1440 total yards of offense with the final score being decided by a single point. However, the OU defense will not likely forget giving up nearly 800 yards on that fateful night.

In the first game of the season, the Sooners pitched a shutout to a highly talented offensive team in the ULM Warhawks. They will be looking to continue the momentum in a conference game as WVU comes to town. Here is the key match-upto watch on Saturday.

West Virginia Defense Vs Oklahoma Rushing Attack

It is no secret that Bob Stoops and Oklahoma have implemented a rushing attack to be reckoned with. It is led by seniors Brennan Clay, Damien Williams, and Roy Finch. Each has a unique style of running that compliments the others to keep defenses on their toes. But, add to it the fact that opposing defensive coordinators must account for a dual-threat quarterback in Trevor Knight and the task becomes much more daunting.

As a team, the Sooners rushed for an average of 6.1 yards per carry in their home opener but the Mountaineers will provide a more physical challenge. The attempt is to make Oklahoma one dimensional. Trevor Knight has shown that he has the capability to make plays with his legs. Yet, there are still some nerves and kinks to be worked out with his arm as evidenced by 3.8 yards per completion.

Although West Virginia proved to be lackluster in a narrow win against the William & Mary Tribe, chalk it up to Dana Holgerson not wanting to tip his hat too soon. With a physical defensive front, the Mountaineers held their opponent to 3.3 yards per carry. If they can put up similar numbers on Saturday, the possibility of a close game becomes a reality.

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