No. 13 Oklahoma beats West Virginia 50-49

Associated Press Modified: November 17, 2012 at 11:46 pm •  Published: November 17, 2012
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia couldn't stop Oklahoma's Landry Jones. Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey ran circles around the Sooners' defense.

In a wild finish, Jones got the last laugh.

Jones' 5-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills with 24 seconds left lifted No. 13 Oklahoma to a 50-49 win over West Virginia on Saturday night.

Jones finished with 554 yards passing to break his own school record. His six TD passes tied another mark he holds. He needed a terrific game to offset the performances of Austin and Bailey.

Austin rushed for a school-record 344 yards and set a Big 12 record with 572 all-purpose yards. Bailey had 13 catches for 205 yards and four touchdowns.

"I'm incredibly proud of the team for holding it together as they did and to come back," said Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. "Landry Jones, to lead those drives at the end of the game, such great precision and execution throwing strikes. (The) receivers made tough competitive catches and all of it together was really pleasing to come back and win away from home."

Oklahoma (8-2, 6-1 Big 12) had its conference title chances revived with No. 2 Kansas State's 52-24 loss to Baylor.

"It proves in this league, you can get beat by anybody on any given day, and every team in this league has the capability of beating you if you don't come out to play," Jones said.

The Wildcats (10-1, 7-1) beat the Sooners earlier this season and can still clinch the league's automatic Bowl Championship Series berth with a win on Dec. 1 against No. 18 Texas or with another Oklahoma loss.

Oklahoma has games left against Oklahoma State next Saturday and at TCU on Dec. 1. Any loss also would eliminate the Sooners from consideration for an at-large BCS bowl berth.

Oklahoma improved to 4-0 in road games this season. The Sooners also beat Texas at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

It marked the first time in 16 tries that Oklahoma overcame a fourth-quarter deficit to win dating to 2007. The win moved Stoops within 10 of Barry Switzer's school record of 157.

"They ended up making one more play than we did," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said.

West Virginia (5-5, 2-5) lost its fifth straight game. After starting the season 5-0, the Mountaineers are still searching for an elusive sixth one to become bowl eligible.

The losing streak is the Mountaineers' worst since they lost six straight in 1986. It also was West Virginia's third loss at home this season. The last time that occurred was 2001.

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