It's not a new storyline, but this Mountaineers defense simply isn't very good. Heck, it managed to squander a record-setting performance by Tavon Austin (school records for all-purpose yards, 572, and rushing yards, 344). The diminutive do-it-all senior is now on this Heisman voter's radar entering the final weeks of the regular season.
Squandering a 49-point offensive performance is historic too.
Since West Virginia began playing tackle football in 1891, the Mountaineers were 168-0 when scoring at least 40 points. WVU had twice lost when scoring 38 - two weeks ago at home against TCU and at the end of the 1997 season against Pitt.
Both of those games had multiple overtimes.
But in the fourth quarter Saturday night, even as Bailey caught his Football Bowl Subdivision-leading 19th and 20th touchdown passes to give WVU leads of 43-38 and 49-44, the 50,238 in attendance had to know OU had too much time to answer.
It seems like poor strategy to consider a more deliberate offensive approach when losing to a nationally ranked Big 12 stalwart like Oklahoma, but another play or two on WVU's three-play, 92-yard drive might've eaten another minute off the game clock.
Maybe OU is forced to take its timeouts to stop the clock, not set up its fourth-and-3 call from WVU's 5 in the game's decisive play.
Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones had three receivers to his right and one, Kenny Stills, to his left on that play. Jones read the WVU defense and alerted Stills of the change in play call, and from there it was an easy pitch-and-catch for the Sooners 50-49 win.
Stills, by the way, was a 5-star recruit out of high school. Cornerback Ishmael Banks, who was a backup safety a few weeks ago, was in coverage.
"You get in those type of games and it's who's going to make the right couple of plays at the end of the game," said Stoops, who has lost just 22 Big 12 games in 14 seasons and never more than three league games in a single season.
Holgorsen is almost a quarter of the way to Stoops' career Big 12 losses ... in seven games.
WVU is 5-5 overall, 2-5 in its inaugural trip around the Big 12.
The clock is ticking on bowl eligibility. There's not much season left, but as WVU has shown, it doesn't need long for things to go awry.
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