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#15 Oklahoma Takes Down #23 West Virginia, 44-24

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All week, Baker Mayfield was hearing about how good West Virginia's secondary was. But after the Sooners 44-24 victory, it was the Sooners secondary that stole the show. After intercepting just one pass through three games, they picked off West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard three times on Saturday morning. Howard also just managed 173 yards on 31 passing attempts but did score two touchdowns in the third quarter, one on the ground and one through the air.

Senior Eric Striker forced a fumble that led to a touchdown to seal the win for the Sooners in the fourth quarter. It was a strong performance from the Oklahoma offense and defense alike, as Mayfield scored three touchdowns and Joe Mixon added another along with two Austin Seibert field goals.

The Sooners controlled the game in the first half, but a third quarter blunder looked like the Mountaineers might come back and win. But a 71 yard touchdown from Mayfield to Durron Neal extended the Sooners lead once again to kill the momentum. Killing the opposing teams momentum was the Sooners main problem in the first three quarters against Tennesee and the second half against Tulsa.

Penalties were all over the field today, but it was still entertaining to watch some of the Big 12's best teams go at it in Norman.

West Virginia will host the Cowboys next week in what should be an elimination game for the Big 12 title race. The Cowboys face off against undefeated Kansas State later today.

The Sooners are now 4-0 heading into the Red River Shootout in Dallas where they will face the now 1-4 Texas Longhorns. It should be a huge win for Oklahoma, but as we've seen the past two years in this rivalry we know that things tend to get a little weird down at the fair in Dallas. But Oklahoma should be around a 20 point favorite come Monday.