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

* Lost in the Austin show was Steadman Bailey's four touchdown catches. Only one OU opponent ever had four TD catches. Fred Biletnikoff in the 1964 Gator Bowl, and he got a trophy named after him.

* OU was outrushed by 350 yards. I don't know if that's an NCAA record for a winning team, but it ought to be.

* OU gave up 9.7 yards per rush. That's the most in Sooner history. No. 2 on the list was West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl, 8.95. No. 3 on the list? OSU, 8.42 last season.

* The early theories that West Virginia 2012 smacked of Baylor 2011 were right on, except a different result. Saturday night, the teams' combined total offense of 1,440 set an OU record. The previous record? Baylor last year, 1,221.

* Before Saturday, OU had allowed at least 400 yards rushing only once, against that great 1997 Nebraska team (409). The Mountaineers broke that record by 49 yards. They also broke the total offense record by 162 yards.

* That Colorado game in 1980 had been the record most points allowed in an OU victory. That's West Virginia's record now. No. 3 on the list is OSU, which scored 41 points in defeat in both 2008 and 2010.

Now the Sooners play the Cowboys on Saturday. And statistically, OSU's offense is better than West Virginia's. Keep the phone on you, Mister Brooks.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.


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...
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