To give you a brief glimpse into what’s been contributing to West Virginia’s five-game losing streak, allow us to pass along the following:
WVU had 778 yards of offense, scored 49 points and didn’t lose the turnover battle against Oklahoma this weekend. And lost.
Specifically, Mountaineers receiver Tavon Austin rushed for 344 yards and two touchdowns (a school record). His all-purpose yards for the game: 572. That’s most in the FBS this season and a mere six yards short of the all-time FBS record.
Sooners coach Bob Stoops called it “Maybe the best performance I’ve ever seen.”
Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads was impressed too, though he had a slightly different way of expressing it.
Iowa State Coach Paul Rhoads learned of Tavon Austin’s game after his own, then put in game tape. Rhoads: “Then soon after that we vomited.”
— Jenn Menendez (@JennMenendez) November 19, 2012
Never change, Paul. Never change.
The Cyclones will host the Mountaineers this weekend as WVU desperately seeks a sixth win to get bowl eligible. Will Austin see more time at running back (he played the position in high school)? It’s more than possible. Austin, in one game, has already become WVU’s second-leading rusher on the season.