The Mountaineers, who had 458 yards rushing, the most since 571 against Connecticut in 2007, had 778 yards of offense and still lost. It was the second-highest total in school history, topped only by the 807 against Baylor earlier this season.
Only once before in NCAA history has a team lost with more yardage. Nevada managed 791 yards in a 1991 loss to San Jose State.
WVU made a game of it to start the second half and handed the ball to Austin on second down. He was in the end zone 74 yards later with the longest running play of the season. Oklahoma's lead was 31-24, but its offense needed five plays, 80 yards and 2:15 to answer.
A short pass on second down to Sterling Shepard turned into a 52-yard gain as cornerback Terrell Chestnut, who'd barely ever played defense for WVU before starting against the Sooners, and safety Karl Joseph missed tackles. Jones threw an 11-yard touchdown to Stills to restore the two-touchdown lead.
The Mountaineers plodded along on their next drive, going 92 yards in 17 plays and 6:03. The offense converted on fourth-and-1 at the 5 and scored on Austin's slippery 3-yard run after he shook two defenders on the way to the end zone.
Tyler Bitancurt missed the extra point to make it 38-30 and really complicate matters for WVU as it neared the end of the game.
The defense forced a punt and then Austin ran 56 yards on first down. The drive made it to Oklahoma's 14, but WVU's offense came up short on fourth down when Andrew Buie was tackled for a loss. Jones then threw a misguided pass deep on a first down at his own 48 that was intercepted by Brodrick Jenkins at the 3.
The Mountaineers needed five plays to go 97 yards and score on the touch pass from Smith to Bailey.
Forced to go for the two-point conversion after Bitancurt's miss, WVU missed when Smith's pass to Bailey went through Bailey's hands when a catch would have tied the score 38-38.
The Mountaineers had their familiar flaws in the first half, most notably on defense. Oklahoma won the toss and took the ball and scored on a 13-play, 75-yard drive that saw three third-down conversions, including the first on third-and-15. A 4-yard touchdown pass to Trey Millard on third-and-goal gave WVU's opponent the first score for the fifth straight game -- and four are touchdowns.
The chance for a quick reply ended when Smith was intercepted on a pass that wasn't close enough to Ryan Nehlen. A 32-yard field goal made it 10-0, though WVU got on the board thanks to Austin. He ran 31 yards to Oklahoma's 11, which was the team's longest run since Buie's 30-yard gain against Oklahoma.
The Mountaineers ended up kicking a 19-yard field goal after deciding against a gamble on fourth-and-goal at the 2.
The quarter ended with the Sooners ahead 10-3, which pushed WVU's first-quarter deficit to 62-17 during this five-game losing streak.
The teams traded punts before the Mountaineers forced a fumble and then followed Austin into scoring position. On fourth-and-goal at the 1, WVU gambled and won on Buie's touchdown run to tie the score 10-10.
The excitement lasted 18 seconds. Jones connected with Saunders on second down and Saunders broke a tackle and ran away from the defense for a 76-yard touchdown. It was the second-longest passing play against WVU this season and the eighth to cover at least 50 yards.
More tellingly, it was the 13th touchdown drive that needed a minute or less.
That was the first of three straight touchdown drives for the Sooners. The Mountaineers went three-and-out with Austin not getting a touch and Jones finished a 76-yard touchdown drive with completions to Stills on passes on three of four plays, including a 4-yard touchdown.
WVU responded, first getting a 41-yard pass from Smith to Austin to move to midfield and then scoring on Smith's 33-yard touchdown pass to Bailey. Four plays later, though, Williams ran 48 yards and was untouched to make it 31-17.
It was the seventh quarter in which WVU has allowed at least 21 points this season and the fifth time in 13 halves of Big 12 play that WVU has given up at least 30 points.
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