Oklahoma junior running back Damien Williams found his home-run swing again Saturday at West Virginia with a 48-yard touchdown run late in the first half.
But other than that, Williams was pretty well stuffed by the Mountaineers' run defense, even though the Sooners went on to win 50-49.
Williams finished Saturday's game with 92 yards on 22 carries, averaging 4.2 yards per rush.
Take away the 48-yard burst, and his average drops to 2.1.
Over the first several games of the season, Williams was developing a propensity for breakaway touchdowns. He scored on runs of 65, 89 and 95 yards in the Sooners' first five games.
Since then, though — until Saturday — he hadn't rushed for more than 17 yards in one play.
LATE TIMEOUT PRESERVES A PLAY
On Oklahoma's second-to-last drive of Saturday's 50-49 victory on Mountaineer Field, Landry Jones was saved by a timeout.
On second-and-10 at the Sooners' 37, Jones was under pressure and forced to throw the ball away. But officials announced that a timeout had been called by OU before the play, meaning it was still second down.
After the timeout, Jones found Sterling Shepard for a 29-yard gain; four plays later, Jones hit Kenny Stills for an 8-yard touchdown that put the Sooners back on top with 4:10 left.
CHESAPEAKE VP HAPPY WVU IS IN BIG 12
Scott Rotruck was thrilled when West Virginia joined the Big 12 Conference because of what it meant for his alma mater's athletic programs.
But the conference change was also a welcome change for Rotruck personally and professionally; he is Chesapeake Energy's vice president of corporate development and state government relations, and travels regularly from his home in Morgantown to corporate headquarters in Oklahoma City.
“I'm very, very pleased we got to join the Big 12,” Rotruck said before Saturday night's OU-West Virginia game on Mountaineer field.
“But for me personally, it's wonderful. We're getting into some new rivalries, but not only new rivalries, but new friendships. There are new opportunities to conduct business from place to place.”
Rotruck graduated from West Virginia in 1977.
“I'm very proud of it; I'm proud of the Mountaineers,” he said. “I think both of our states have a lot in common. ... There is a lot of good rivalry there.”
Chesapeake has seven field offices in the state of West Virginia.
MAYOR HAS RECEIVED OU SHIRT
Jim Manilla is still waiting for his TCU shirt from Fort Worth's mayor, but had already received his Oklahoma attire before Saturday's game.
Manilla, Morgantown's mayor, made friendly wagers with a few other Big 12 mayors before the season. The losing mayor wears the winning mayor's t-shirt at their next city council meeting.
The bet was only for West Virginia home games; West Virginia beat Baylor at home before losing to Kansas State and TCU before Saturday's game against the Sooners.
True to the bet, Manilla wore a Kansas State shirt at one council meeting. But he still hasn't received his TCU shirt to wear.
“I hope I don't get it,” Manilla said with a laugh. “I have the Oklahoma shirt. (Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal) sent it out ahead of time.”
NO FIRST-HALF PLAY CLOCK
The play clocks at both ends of Mountaineer Field were inoperable during the first half; officials kept track of the play clock, signaling when there were 10 seconds remaining.
In the second half, though, the clocks in each end zone began working again.
Oklahoma receivers Jalen Saunders and Justin Brown had 123 and 112 yards receiving, respectively, becoming the first Sooner duo to each have over 100 yards receiving since Ryan Broyles and Kenny Stills last year against Kansas State. ... Saunders' 76-yard touchdown in the second quarter Saturday was his first score since the Fresno State transfer began playing in the Sooners' fifth game this year. The play was also OU's longest pass of the season, besting Trey Millard's 73-yard catch-and-run against Texas. ... For the eighth time this season in 10 games, Oklahoma did not allow a first-quarter touchdown. The Mountaineers' only first-quarter points came on a 19-yard Tyler Bitancurt field goal.