The Sooners ran for 121 yards in the fourth quarter, 74 on Brennan Clay's nine carries.
“I wasn't after beauty points,” Stoops said. I was after the win. Two possessions: if you can run the clock out, you run it out. I'm gonna do it every time. I don't care if Landry (Jones) was here or Sam Bradford was here. If we were running like we were last week and there was 6:20 on the clock, we would've done the exact same things.”
LYNN EARNS CONFERENCE HONORS
Oklahoma senior safety Gabe Lynn was named the Big 12's Defensive Player of the Week after his performance in the Sooners' 16-7 win over West Virginia last weekend.
Lynn recorded three tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery in the win, which improved Oklahoma to 2-0 on the season and 1-0 in Big 12 play.
Both of Lynn's turnovers came at critical moments in the game, on third-quarter drives after OU quarterback Trevor Knight had thrown interceptions.
Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh was the conference's Offensive Player of the Week, and Kansas State's Tramaine Thompson earned the special teams honor.
WILSON GLAD TO BE WVU IN THE REARVIEW
Sooners nickelback Julian Wilson was glad to have West Virginia so early on the schedule.
Wilson wanted to get the questions about last year's performance against the Mountaineers out of the way.
“Really everybody was talking about that West Virginia game and how we gave up almost 800 yards,” Wilson said. “It's really going out there Saturday and we wanted to get that game out of the way so people could stop talking about it.”
The Sooners gave up 387 total yards in Saturday's 16-7 win over the Mountaineers, less than half of their total from last year's game.
OU, UNITED WAY HELP RAISE $200K
The United Way of Norman donated nearly $200,000 to disaster relief for the May tornadoes. The money was raised through the sales of two benefits and direct donations to the United Way from fans during Oklahoma softball's Women's College World Series title run.
The organization held a recognition ceremony Monday for the $198,794.72 donation.
The relief effort included revenue from the proceeds of the “OK Together” shirt with the logos of OU, Oklahoma State and Tulsa.
BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY