UPDATED 4:04 p.m. ET: Those myriad changes? They continued to work well enough for West Virginia in the second half that the Mountaineers were able to hang on and absolutely stun No. 11 Oklahoma State 30-21 in Morgantown… as 20-point underdogs.
While WVU was only able to muster two field goals in the final two quarters, it was more than enough to hold off a limp Cowboys’ offense that scored just one touchdown in the second half.
The loss is the Cowboys’ first of the season, leaving the Big 12 with just three unbeaten teams five weeks into the season: Oklahoma (currently leading Notre Dame 14-0) and Texas Tech and Baylor, which are both on byes this week.
The Mountaineers, which received 309 yards passing from first-time WVU starter Clint Trickett, pushed their record to 3-2 and, more importantly, evened their conference record at 1-1.
Before the start of today’s game against Oklahoma State, Dana Holgorsen stunned most observers by releasing a depth chart that included a whopping 21 changes.
If the West Virginia head coach’s intent was to send a message to his players and shake things up, and for at least two quarters, it appears to have worked.
At halftime of their game against the No. 11 Cowboys, WVU has a surprising 24-14 lead at home in Morgantown. The Mountaineers returned an interception for a touchdown while its embattled offense put two touchdowns on the board; WVU came into the game with just one touchdown in two games against FBS opponents.
Clint Trickett, making his first WVU start, has thrown for 169 yards and a touchdown, although he tossed two first-half interceptions. Neither of those turnovers, though, led to OSU points.
While the Cowboys have put up 280 yards of offense, a pair of turnovers and six penalties for 60 yards never allowed the Cowboys’ offense to gain much traction or maintain momentum.