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.
* 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.
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