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Oklahoma win at West Virginia reminds Jalen Saunders 2011 Fresno State-Hawaii game

by Jason Kersey Published: November 18, 2012
Oklahoma junior receiver Jalen Saunders breaks away on his 76-yard touchdown in the second quarter Saturday at West Virginia. PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
Oklahoma junior receiver Jalen Saunders breaks away on his 76-yard touchdown in the second quarter Saturday at West Virginia. PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Oklahoma junior receiver Jalen Saunders, who transferred from Fresno State, was asked if he’d ever been part of a game like the Sooners’ win Saturday at West Virginia.

“Once, last season against Hawaii,” Saunders said. “It actually did (seem similar) and came down to the last play.”

That game had a lot less scoring than Saturday’s shootout in Morgantown; Saunders’ Fresno State team won 24-21 at Hawaii, and the decisive Bulldog touchdown was scored early in the fourth quarter.

But there were some similarities. Hawaii was threatening to come back on its final drive, but turned the ball over on downs. Also, Saunders had a 40-yard touchdown reception in the game.

Saturday, he scored his first Oklahoma touchdown on a flashy 76-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter. It was OU’s longest pass play of the year.

“This is probably one of the top, wildest games that I’ve played in,” Saunders said. “It was back-and-forth, like tug of war the whole game.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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