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Oklahoma's Stoops on Big 12 Teleconference Today

Devin Jones, MORGANTOWN -

The first game week is over for the Mountaineers, and the page now turns to the Oklahoma Sooners.

Not only will the Mountaineers travel to Norman this weekend, but they will also open Big 12 conference play.

A big difference from the game a year ago will be at the quarterback position. Trevor Knight led the Sooners last Saturday to a 34-0 victory over Louisiana- Monroe. Sooner Coach Bob Stoops was impressed by Knight's performance, but also said he still has room to improve.

"He did some things really well," said Stoops. "Certainly over 100 yards with his feet was good. Passing the ball early was not so good, but I think he'll get more comfortable as he gets more snaps."

West Virginia can expect Paul Millard or Clint Trickett at the helm when the Mountaineers visit the Sooners this weekend.

"Paul did a good job of managing the game last week. We will still continue to give to both quarterbacks reps in practice, and we'll see who starts on Saturday.

The early conference game came as a bit of surprise for both schools, but Coach Stoops says this was where the game fit in the schedule.

"We had an open date. They had an open date. So this is what worked for both of us," said Stoops. "It's definitely an early season test, and you have to be ready."

Oklahoma visited West Virginia last season in what turned out to be a shootout. The Sooners escaped with a 50-49 win, and left Mountaineer fans waiting for the next matchup. Coach Stoops is excited for the game, and has respect for the West Virginia offense.

"Dana doesn't change his system much, and he shouldn't. They do an excellent job."

The running game seems to be a big part to the success of the Mountaineer offense this season, and Coach Stoops believes that it will play a role this Saturday.

"The running game will be a big factor," said Stoops. "We expect them to run the ball a lot with the talent they have at running back."

On the defensive side of the ball, Stoops says West Virginia likes to be aggressive.

"They still run the 50 front. They like to bring pressure, and blitz when they can."

Saturday will answer several questions for Mountaineer fans, and should be a great Big 12 opener.

The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports at 7 p.m. this Saturday night. Oklahoma leads the all-time series, 3-2.


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