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Oklahoma football: Sooners preparing for new-look West Virginia

The stars of last year's high-powered Mountaineer offense are gone. But OU still hopes to avenge last year's near-record output by West Virginia.
by Jason Kersey Published: September 3, 2013

/articleid/3879055/1/pictures/2199929">Photo - West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, center, reacts to a bad play by his special teams during the fourth quarter of their during NCAA college football game against William & Mary in Morgantown, W.Va., on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. West Virginia won 24-17. (AP Photo/Christopher Jackson) ORG XMIT: WVCJ107
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, center, reacts to a bad play by his special teams during the fourth quarter of their during NCAA college football game against William & Mary in Morgantown, W.Va., on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. West Virginia won 24-17. (AP Photo/Christopher Jackson) ORG XMIT: WVCJ107

West Virginia opened its 2013 season Saturday at home, where it needed a second-half rally to topple FBS foe William & Mary — a 3-9 squad last season — 24-17.

Mountaineers quarterback Paul Millard completed 19 of 25 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown in the win. It was the fewest pass attempts by a Dana Holgorsen quarterback since he became an NCAA Division I coach in 2000.

Millard doesn't look anything like Smith, who is now competing for the New York Jets' starting quarterback spot, and no one on this West Virginia roster appears capable of making plays like Austin and Bailey, now St. Louis Rams rookies.

Still, Mike Stoops talks like he's taking this West Virginia squad very seriously.

“I don't think you can judge much from the William & Mary game,” Stoops said. “They were very vanilla. They have a lot more offense than they showed in that game. It's a tough preparation. They worked us pretty good a year ago.”

Head coach Bob Stoops expressed similar thoughts about the Mountaineers' season opener, even using the same word — “vanilla” — to describe what they showed offensively.

“Dana, he has his ball plays that he stays with and they execute them well,” Bob Stoops said. “I know we won't see a vanilla scheme in what they're doing against us. It'll be different so we'll prepare for a lot of what we saw last year.”

 

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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