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by Jason Kersey Published: November 17, 2012
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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.

NOTABLE

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.

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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