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Rapid reaction: OU escapes Morgantown with 50-49 win over West Virginia

Anthony Slater Published: November 17, 2012
By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater

OU held off West Virginia 50-49 in Morgantown on Saturday night. Here’s some rapid reaction:

It was over when…

…Landry Jones drilled Kenny Stills on a slant with 24 seconds left, scoring the 14th and final touchdown of a wild game. Whoever had the ball last, with enough time to move it, was going to win. OU drew the fortunate stick.

Star of the game – Tavon Austin

Regardless of the result, in a game of ridiculous performances, Tavon Austin’s will stick out far above the rest. In a surprising wrinkle, Dana Holgorsen turned his star slot receiver into a running back. Good choice. Austin ran for 344 yards (the third most in Big 12 history) and two touchdowns on 21 carries (16.4 yards per rush), adding 82 receiving yards and 146 return yards. That’s 572 all-purpose yards. The previous Big 12 record, which Austin shattered, was 372 all-purpose yards. My head hurts.

Landry watch

Landry Jones has played in 49 games as a Sooner but, from a production standpoint, never had one quite like Saturday night. The senior threw for 559 yards and six touchdowns, both career-highs, on 38/51 passing, leading a pair of impressive fourth-quarter touchdown drives. The yards were a school record. Sure, he made a couple errant passes and did his damage against one of the nation’s worst defense’s. But he was confident and clutch. And the main reason OU pulled this one out.

Lost statlines

Stedman Bailey – 13 catches for 205 yards and four touchdowns
Kenny Stills – 10 catches for 91 yards and four touchdowns
Jalen Saunders – Seven catches for 123 yards and a touchdown

Stat of the game

West Virginia had 778 total yards on OU’s defense, the most given up in school history (620 to Baylor last year was the previous high). And the Sooners won.

Tweet of the game

Ninety-nine points and 1,440 total yards in Morgantown, #1 K-State going down big in Waco and #2 Oregon losing at home in OT to Stanford. All at the same time.

Up next

Bedlam in Norman with plenty on the line.

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