MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — With a Gatorade towel wrapped around his head, Oklahoma wide receiver Kenny Stills looked toward the sky and then dropped his arms to his chest and crossed himself.
Then he and guard Lane Johnson got on one knee and bowed their heads together.
Moments later, Johnson and Adam Shead ran along the sideline as Stills looked across the field as his teammates chest bumped and high-fived in the name of OU's 50-49 victory against West Virginia on Saturday.
The game was as tight as the score indicated. But it was a missed extra point attempt by West Virginia in the third quarter — and a handful of attempts at two-points conversions from both teams — that was ultimately the difference.
Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones, who finished with 554 yards passing, and WVU's Tavon Austin provided the sparks in this one. Austin finished with more than 550 all-purpose yards. For every tough throw Jones made, Austin had a cut, a high-step and a slip through Oklahoma defenders as the answer.
Jones called it one of the most exciting games he's played in.
OU coach Bob Stoops called it one of the greatest comebacks of his 14-year tenure at Oklahoma.
All running back Brennan Clay could muster as he walked off the field was, ‘Oh my God. Oh my God.'
“Just relief,” Clay said. “When the clock hit double zero and we were on the winning side of that scoreboard — that was all that mattered.”
Clay compared the excitement of this game to the Sooners' game vs. Robert Griffin III and Baylor last season. The difference? OU came out with the win in this one.