MORGANTOWN - The Oklahoma State Cowboys spoil Dana Holgorsen's return to Stillwater as the Mountaineers lose 55-34.
Mistakes were costly for West Virginia as the team loses their fourth straight game this season. The Mountaineers are now 5-4 (2-4), while the Cowboys climb to 6-3 (4-2).
The Mountaineers trailed by two touchdowns at the end of the first half.
One of the bright spots came when Geno Smith passed Pat White for the total offense record at West Virginia University. White held the record for four years with 10,529 yards.
Paul Millard also came up with a huge play after Geno Smith lost his helmet and had to leave the field for a play. On a fourth and 13, Millard hooked up with Stedman Bailey in the end zone for a 37-yard touchdown pass. It was the first score for WVU.
Oklahoma State wouldn't allow West Virginia to gain any momentum. On the ensuing kickoff, Justin Gilbert returned the kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown of his own, bringing the differential back to 14 points.
The Mountaineers made it a close game in the third quarter, bringing the deficit to just four points. However, several mistakes made any attempt at a comeback unlikely.
On an OSU punt, Tavon Austin yelled for his team to clear away and let the ball drop. The ball then took a wild bounce straight towards Austin, tapping his legs and landing in the arms of an OSU player.
On a West Virginia punt later in the game, several players had the opportunity to down the ball within the five. However, players didn't pounce on the ball and instead it dropped in the end zone for a touchback.
Drops and overthrown passes had the offense struggling to move the ball. Big plays continued to haunt the defense as well. 17 straight points by the Cowboys put the game out of reach early in the fourth quarter.
Wide receiving Josh Stewart had a phenomenal day for the Cowboys. He was Chelf's go-to receiver, catching 13 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a 46-yard run on a reverse on the teams opening possession.
Stedman Bailey did his best to match Stewart throughout the night. He returned to the field for the entirety of the game after dealing with injury. His presence on the field was seen by all as he had a spectacular day. He finished with 14 catches for 225 yards and one touchdown.
Geno Smith struggled with his accuracy throughout the night. At least two deep ball opportunities that would have been for-sure touchdowns were overthrown. Smith was 36 for 54 with 364 yards through the air. He threw two touchdown passes and also snuck one in from the one yard line.
Tavon Austin had 11 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.
The Mountaineers host the Oklahoma Sooners next weekend for the Gold Rush game in Morgantown at 7 p.m.. Oklahoma State will play Texas Tech at home.