OU-West Virginia game was like no other when it came to statistics

Sooners football historian Mike Brooks can mine the numbers like no other — and a lot of numbers came out of OU's 50-49 wild ride win over West Virginia
by Berry Tramel Published: November 18, 2012

The OU-West Virginia game was like one of those movie epics where there's just too much going on to take it all in.

Until Saturday night, OU's 82-42 thrashing of Colorado in 1980 was the craziest statistical game in Sooner history. But that was blown away in Morgantown.

My version of watching the movie again is to call OU football historian Mike Brooks. Mister Brooks can mine the numbers like no other. Here's what I learned:

* West Virginia averaged 9.49 yards per snap, a record against the Sooners. The previous high: 9.05 in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl by, yep, West Virginia.

So in the 861 Sooner games since 1937, only twice has OU allowed more than nine yards per snap. Both times against the Mountaineers, who sported different coaches, different quarterbacks, different offensive styles.

* Tavon Austin broke the individual rushing record against OU by 109 yards. Austin had 344 yards; Kansas State's Darren Sproles held the record of 235 yards in the 2003 Big 12 title game.

* We can talk about Austin all day. In the whole history of OU football, the tradition of Vessels and Owens and Little Joe and Billy Sims, only one time has a Sooner had two 100-yard rushing quarters in the same game. Adrian Peterson had 110 yards in the third quarter and 100 in the fourth quarter of Bedlam 2005.

Austin had 157 yards rushing yards in the third quarter, then 107 yards in the fourth quarter.

* Austin is the 10th player to crack 200 yards rushing against OU. It's an impressive list. Sproles (235), Ricky Williams (223), Wisconsin's Alan Thompson (220), Barry Sanders (215), Missouri's Brad Smith (213), Marcus Allen (208), Mike Rozier (205), Arkansas' Roland Sales (205) and Texas' Hodges Mitchell (204).

Four Heisman winners on that list. Nice club you're leading, Tavon.

* Austin's 572 all-purpose yards missed by six the NCAA record held by Utah State's Emmitt White. Austin broke the OU opponent record, previously held by Cincinnati's Mardy Gilyard, by 207 yards. Austin had 395 all-purpose yards in the second half.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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