West Virginia aims to keep bowl hopes alive against No. 22 Oklahoma State

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West Virginia (4-6, 2-5 Big 12) is hoping to string together two wins for the first time this season against Chuba Hubbard and Oklahoma State (7-3, 4-3 Big 12).

After upsetting No. 24 Kansas State last weekend in Manhattan, the Mountaineers are looking to get another over the Cowboys. This would be the first victory for WVU in this matchup since 2014. Last season’s contest saw the Pokes upset the 7th-ranked Mountaineers in Stillwater.

Neal Brown faces Oklahoma State for the first time since his first stint in the Big 12 as the offensive coordinator at Texas Tech. He squares off for the first time against Mike Gundy, who he says he emulates in building his football program.

It’s been quite a while since West Virginia earned a win at Milan Puskar Stadium. Their last home victory came against NC State on Sept. 14 before they’d drop three straight in Morgantown to conference opponents.

The Cowboys are on a three-game winning streak, but after taking some key injuries in recent weeks, that comes under threat on Saturday in Morgantown.

Here are some of the biggest storylines heading into Saturday:

Two new — but experienced — QBs

Jarret Doege will once again start for West Virginia after his breakout debut in Manhattan last week. After taking the spot from Austin Kendall before the Kansas State game, he tossed for 234 yards and 3 touchdowns in the upset.

There is a lot more uncertainty at the quarterback position for the Cowboys. After the normal starter Spencer Sanders underwent surgery on his thumb to end his regular season, Dru Brown will step in to the role for their matchup with the Mountaineers.

Like Doege, Brown is a transfer with starting experience. He graduated from Hawaii, where he started two seasons and threw for 5,273 yards and 37 touchdowns. So far this year, he’s thrown for 223 yards and 3 touchdowns as the backup.

Can WVU stop Hubbard?

If you ask Mike Gundy — and Neal Brown, for that matter — Chuba Hubbard should be in the Heisman conversation. He has by far the most production of any offensive player in FBS football — he leads with 1850 all-purpose yards and 1726 rushing yards, and his 21 touchdowns are the second-highest nationally.

Although they haven’t yet seen a player like Hubbard, West Virginia has seen success against top backs in the Big 12. The Mountaineer defense tightened up to hold Kansas’s Pooka Williams and Khalil Herbert to just 103 combined rushing yards. They did the same last week in Manhattan, allowing James Gilbert to have just 60 yards.

How to watch

The Mountaineers kick off against the Cowboys at noon ET, and the game will be shown on ESPN2. Fans can also stream the game on the WatchESPN app.

Can’t catch it live? Follow our live game log to get up-to-the-minute updates as the game unfolds.

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