West Virginia dropped their fourth straight game at home after taking a loss to the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 20-13.
OSU quarterback Dru Brown didn’t seem to have any trouble filling his newfound starting role for the Cowboys. After the Mountaineers were forced to punt in their opening drive, he led Oklahoma State on a scoring drive, capping it off with a touchdown pass to Jelani Woods.
The Mountaineers answered with a field goal two drives later, before taking the lead with just 2 minutes on the clock. Jarret Doege found George Campbell for a 34-yard touchdown, the third score in two games for the roommate duo. They took the 10-7 lead into the locker room for halftime.
Chuba Hubbard had a slow start for OSU, tallying just 46 yards in the first half.
West Virginia also put together one of their best performances for a half on offense, outgaining Oklahoma State 205-119.
The Cowboys tied the game up on the first drive out of the locker room when Matt Ammendola knocked his first field goal attempt through the uprights from 44 yards. Staley once again answered on the subsequent WVU drive, putting the Mountaineers back in the lead.
Dillon Stoner was a thorn in the Mountaineers’ side, catching for 62 yards and scoring the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter for the Cowboys to put the score at 17-13. Ammendola would make another kick later in the quarter, making the score 20-13.
West Virginia had a chance to tie the game up on their final drive. With the help of a pass interference penalty, Doege led the Mountaineers down the field to the red zone. Oklahoma State ramped up their pressure, and forced the Mountaineers to turn it over on downs.
Doege had another solid start for West Virginia, tossing for 307 yards and a touchdown. Campbell also had another career game with 5 catches for 92 yards and the touchdown.
Sam James seemed to have improved on his catching woes from the games prior, reeling in 7 of his 9 targets for 36 yards.
“Offensively, at some points today, we looked like we were ready to take off,” said WVU coach Neal Brown. “But I think the story of the game, and it came down I think offensively, is the issues we’ve had all year are the issues that haunted us today.”
Hubbard would eventually come into his own down the stretch. He finished the contest with 88 receiving yards and 106 rushing yards.
“Chuba, he’s the real deal,” Brown said.
This loss was tough for Brown, but he ultimately felt for his seniors.
“I met with them yesterday, and I told them, ‘Listen, you didn’t ask for us to come in here as a staff, you didn’t ask for some of the adversity that’s hit us this year, whether it’s attrition, or being young or whatever it is,'” Brown said. “‘You didn’t ask for any of that. But, to your credit, all you did was show up and do the work.'”