Late in Saturday's game, OSU cornerback Justin Gilbert got tangled up in a confrontation with a West Virginia player and was flagged for a flagrant personal foul, resulting in an ejection.
Gilbert threw punches during the altercation.
“I just saw the back end of it,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. “It doesn't make any difference to me who started it, that's not the way we operate. I saw him throwing punches, their guy out of the corner of my eye … then at the end Gilbert did it. That disappoints me. And I told him that, because we don't operate that way. He's getting frustrated. We have to be bigger and more mature than that.
“I certainly won't have that. We won't as a football team. And he knows that. We have to be better than that.”
According to the NCAA rule book, Big 12 Conference officials will review the play to determine if any additional sanctions are in order regarding Gilbert for OSU's next game against Kansas State.
STEWART KNOCKED OUT OF GAME
Cowboys receiver Josh Stewart was injured late and forced to leave the field.
He was escorted to the locker room before the game ended, appearing woozy as he walked to the locker room. There was no update on his condition.
Freshman receiver Jhajuan Seales took a knee to the helmet and also had to be helped off the field.
Receiver Austin Hays (undisclosed) did not play. Starting offensive tackle Daniel Koenig (foot) returned after missing two games, but was noticeably limping at times.
TRICKETT PROVES TRICKY FOR OSU
West Virginia made a late-week switch at quarterback, turning to Trickett, a Florida State transfer, after starter Ford Childress was ruled out with a torn pectoral muscle.
Trickett was solid in his first extensive duty, completing 24-of-50 passes for 309 yards and a touchdown. When pressured, he moved around in the pocket, buying time for himself and receivers. And after getting knocked out of the game with a shoulder injury in the second half, he later returned, showing some toughness.
“Clint did a great job of keeping plays alive, and we had a sense he could do that,” said WVU coach Dana Holgorsen. “Just watching the film from when he was at Florida State, you could see he has that ability.”
Trickett did not go through spring practices and reportedly has been playing catch up in learning the offense.
“He was good,” Lavey said. “He was shifty. He could throw the ball, was capable of making big plays. We didn't always have an answer for him.
“And we're going to see more quarterbacks like that this year. It's something we have to work on.”
MISSED FIELD GOAL, MISSED MOMENTUM?
The Cowboys had battled back to within three points, trailing 24-21 in the fourth quarter, and had the ball and a first down at the West Virginia 3.
The Cowboys reached the 1, but three plays overall netted minus-3 yards, bringing on freshman kicker Ben Grogan to try a 23-yard field goal for the tie.
Grogan, however, missed the kick, banging the ball off the right upright.
Not only did the Cowboys miss the points, but they may have missed an opportunity to claim momentum.
“I don't think there's any question, emotionally,” Gundy said. “When we missed that field goal down there, it got their crowd back in the game.
“There's certainly things that we all take for granted at this level of football. Short field goals. Being on the 1-yard line and scoring. When you fall short in those areas, the emotions go to the other team and their crowd.”
EMOTIONAL WIN FOR DEFOREST
It's been a trying few weeks for Mountaineers assistant coach Joe DeForest, who spent 11 seasons at OSU.
While his team was struggling to a 2-2 start, he was also prominently mentioned in Sports Illustrated's five-part exposé on the Cowboys.
Saturday's win provided a release of sorts, and DeForest spent an emotional few minutes on the field afterward, capped when his daughter and OSU student Ashley ran onto the field and into his arms.
* OSU's captains Saturday were Blake Jackson, Brandon Webb, Shaun Lewis and Stewart.
* Walsh's 73-yard touchdown pass to Stewart in the first quarter is OSU's longest gain of the season.
* West Virginia's 14-7 lead in the first quarter marked the first time the Cowboys have trailed an opponent since Mississippi State took a 3-0 lead in the season opener.
* With 127 yards receiving, Stewart passed Josh Cooper into eighth place on OSU's all-time receiving list. He now has 1,813 for his career.
* Tyler Patmon's second-quarter interception was his first as a Cowboy. Patmon, a Kansas transfer, had six picks with the Jayhawks.
* WVU's 24 first-half points were its most through two quarters this season.