NORMAN, Okla. — The live blog from Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, where global warming was in full-effect and the offenses took a giant leap backward as WVU fell 16-7 to the 16th-ranked Sooners:

10:47 p.m. Charles Sims stuffed in the backfield, and that’s your ballgame. OU wins it 16-7. Sheez.

Millard finished 21-of-40 passing for 218 yards.

10:46 p.m. Thanks to a roughing the passer flag, WVU gets an untimed down from the 3. Down by nine, this is for stat purposes only.

10:40 p.m. Hunnicutt comes on for 35-yard field goal try clanks off the upright.

10:32 p.m. A scary moment with 5:42 left as WVU senior linebacker Doug Rigg is carted off with medical personnel paying close attention to his head and neck area.

10:23 p.m. Having burned through three timeouts back in the third quarter, WVU takes a delay of game on fourth-and-2 at the OU 44. That leads to a fourth-and-7 incompletion where Millard couldn’t connect with a tightly covered Cody Clay—as curious a fourth-down receiver as WVU could have targeted.

10:14 p.m. Sooners tack on an insurance FG from 32 yards. OU leads 16-7 with 10:16 left. (9 plays, 45 yards in 4:34)

10:10 p.m. Blake Bell replaces Knight at QB for the Sooners. With Shaq Rowell joining Bruce on the injured list, OU might be wise to keep it on the gound. (Knight was 10-of-20 for 119 yards with one TD and two interceptions.)

9:56 p.m. That quarter “featured” five punts, four turnovers and zero points.

9:55 p.m. END OF THIRD QUARTER (Oklahoma leads 13-7)

9:46 p.m. TURNOVER ALERT: On third-and-20, Millard hits White on a drag route that picks up the first down, but the ball pops out at the OU 16 and the Sooners recover.

9:39 p.m. WVU moves into OU territory, where Ivan McCartney makes a beautiful double move only to drop a bomb at th goal line.

9:30 p.m. Guess what: TURNOVER ALERT: Knight throws into coverage where Marvin Gross (subbing for Bruce) tips ball into Karl Joseph’s hands. WVU ball on its 15.

9:29 p.m. TURNOVER ALERT: WVU rolls to midfield but Millard’s poorly thrown pass intercepted by Gabe Lynn.

9:23 p.m. TURNOVER ALERT: Clay rips off consecutive runs of 34 and 26 yards for Oklahoma, but then Knight forces a pass into the endzone on first-and-goal where Darwin Cook makes the pick. WVU dodges a bullet.

9:22 p.m. True freshman Marvin Gross on the field for WVU at Spur linebacker. (No Isaiah Bruce so far in 2nd half.)

9:14 p.m. We open the third quarter with an exchange of punts. (Constant refrain: This game is NOTHING like last year’s matchup.)

8:50 p.m. HALFTIME SCORE: Oklahoma leads 13-7.

Sooners have run 45 plays to WVU’s 26 and lead 228-176 in total offense.

8:43 p.m. FIELD GOAL! Travis Bell covers up OU’s Jalen Saunders on third-down pass in back of end zone, forcing OU kick. Sooners up 13-7 a mere 11 seconds before half.

8:32 p.m. OU catches WVU in corner blitz: Knight hits Saunders for 20 yards across the middle between Bruce and Joseph. (One play later, Bruce slow getting up with right leg “condition.” I’m not a trainer.)

8:29 p.m. Millard lacked mustard—short-hopped swing pass to Wendell Smallwood on third down. Bad miss. Punt time.

8:24 p.m. TURNOVER! Golson’s blindside hit forces a Knight fumble, which Will Clarke recovers at the WVU 38.

8:20 p.m. WVU nets only 26 yards on O’Toole’s low punt after a 17-yard return. OU starts at WVU’s 43.

8:15 p.m. TURNOVER! Knight hurls a 32-yard pass to Lacolton Bester, but Isaiah Bruce forces fumble at 20 and Darwin Cook (who dropped an interception the previous play) recovers at the OU 18.

8:09 p.m. A third-and-2 at the OU 41 becomes third-and-7 after Curtis Feigt moves early. Millard hit as he throws on the next snap, it’s ruled a fumble and OU recovers at its own 49. Holgorsen challenged (even after replay confirmed the fumble) and that costs WVU its final timeout of the half with 10:42 left.

8:06 p.m. Paul Millard-to-Ronald Carswell gets WVU out of a third-and-long hole with a 33-yard sideline connection. Perfect timing on that one.

8:02 p.m. OK, TOUCHDOWN for real this time as Knight zips a 1-yard scoring pass to Trey Millard. (The seventh career TD catch for one of the best fullbacks in the nation.) OU leads 10-7 with 13:35 left in second quarter. (Drive covered six plays, 32 yards in 1:29.)

7:57 p.m. TOUCHDOWN! NO TOUCHDOWN! Damien Williams runs 17 yards off right tackle for the go-ahead score, but his knee ruled own at the 1.

7:50 p.m. WVU stuffs OU on third-and-1, but punt returner Mario Alford coughs up the fair catch and the Sooners recover at WVU’s 32.

7:46 p.m. Cody Clay makes a catch! But it’s on third-and-long and only goes for a few yards. WVU punts.

7:35 p.m. OU has a perfect blitz-beating receiver screen play set up to Sterling Shepard, who runs 6 yards and then faceplants. Would have been a TD, but instead it’s third-and-4 followed by an illegal motion. Sooners settle for a 44-yard Michael Hunnicutt field goal. WVU leads 7-3 with 4:22 left in first. (12 plays, 51 yards in 4:32)

7:31 p.m. WVU forces a punt on OU’s ensuing series, but Daryl Worley penalized for roughing the punter and the Sooners get new life near midfield.

7:26 p.m. TOUCHDOWN! Dreamius Smith breaks two tackles (including that of senior linebacker Corey Nelson) and turns on the jets for a 75-yard run. (8:54 left in first quarter)

7:24 p.m. White’s first touch goes for 10 yards on a receiver screen.

7:21 p.m. WVU handles its next third-and-forever much better, tackling Knight on a scramble to force a punt.

7:18 p.m. Knight fumbles the snap and narrowly avoids a safety when intentional grounding is called inside his 1. Never fear, Sooners, because Brennan Clay rips off a third-and-19 run for 33 yards. First down. (And for a nano-second Clay had designs on a 99-yarder.)

7:16 p.m. OU opens at its own 10, and Trevor Knight rips off 9 yards on the read-option keeper.

7:12 p.m. WVU opens with a second-down 23-yard dump pass to Charles Sims to move into OU territory. Briefly. Dreamius Smith promptly flagged for a chop block and the drive stalls.

7:02 p.m. OU wins the toss and defers. So WVU gets first crack.

6:50 p.m. Gametime temp has PLUNGED to 95 degrees. Plenty of excuses for gassed defenders to fake cramps today.

5:52 p.m. Kevin White is dressed and seemingly running OK as he catches pregame passes. He reportedly had a foot injury that sidelined him against William & Mary.

5:50 p.m. WVU donning its all-white uniforms today, a wise choice with pregame temps in the high-90s.

5:35 p.m. Oliver Luck has issued a statement on the DeForest pay-for-play allegations: “Upon learning of the pending investigative report, WVU launched an internal review to ensure the coach’s full compliance to NCAA rules while at West Virginia. The NCAA has also been contacted. While our assistant football coach has denied the allegations, it is the right thing to do to look into the matter and review practices here.”

5:10 p.m. It’s shaping up to be an interesting day for WVU special teams coach Joe DeForest, who didn’t prefer to make Sports Illustrated this way.

4:10 p.m. I tossed out a few scenarios by which West Virginia could upset Oklahoma. Check them out here.

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Comments

  • leroy j gibbs

    It is a great game

    • William

      A great game? With 8 TURNOVERS, we must not be watching the same game! How's those special teams looking?

      • leroy j gibbs

        Score not bad. What is wrong with millards arm?

        • joe

          I know to me his throw is super funky and he has no arm strength.But that throw to carswell was on the money perfect. But he is too inconsistent.I think we should but in Childress and see what the young man has. I was def surprised trickett didn't get in the game.I never put down the mountaineers because that is blasphamy, but I dont see millard as a leader.I anybody sees something I don't see please fill free to fill me in.

      • joe

        William I am sick and tired of your negative comments.You are not a mountaineer fan.I am as frustrated as any mountaineer fan. But your comments are too much. It is time to go to admin office and turn in your fan card. WVU was supposed to have been blown out today at least that is what everyone expected including you. I never think that we are ever going to loose. Obviously I am too biased. But I love the mountaineers.Always have and always will. It is time that you either support them or pick another team.

        • William

          @ Joe I guess the TRUTH hurts! WVU has many problems, and the DRAMA will continue.Your be OK, you just need to get use to LOSING!

          • Jed

            William, you just need to get "used" to being the most inept speller in Metronews history.

  • ducks in a row

    ^^^ Why such discord from the one guy above?

    Relax. It gets exciting now.

  • leroy j gibbs

    Cook is my man!!!

  • leroy j gibbs

    I happen to like the new uniforms

  • William

    Isn't it great that WVU wears those UGLY uniforms - Penn State colors white and blue!
    Then Dana 'You Know' Holgerson wear a BLACK polo. Thest coaches are not TRUE MOUNTAINEERS and NEVER WILL BE!

    • james hicks

      I really liked these tonight. Hated the ones last week

    • Chuck

      William why do you always post the same comments on all the WVU sports stories? It makes you seem like a troll. Or maybe you have a personal beef with wvu coaches.

  • Luke

    Whatever happened to that W & M Cream Puff scenario? I'd stick to reporting on what actually happens when the game is played if I were you.

  • Phil

    Because when he was hired he didn't have that baggage. If you read the article it said it was recently uncovered.

  • William

    Slick Joe DeForest paid players in 2011 at Oklahoma State. A failed defensive coordinator and a bad special teams coach.
    RUN HIM OUT OF MORGANTOWN and HIRE A TRUE MOUNTAINEER. Drama at WVU never ends!

    • William

      NCAA INVESTIGATION BEGINS! Why does WVU hire coaches with so much BAGGAGE?

  • Oh Did Ya?

    Trickett time! Without the long run the o has done nothing. Def keeping them in the game and playing surprisingly well.

  • leroy j gibbs

    Maybe we'll see trickett

  • Mike

    Holgorsen hasn't recruited an exceptional QB since he's been HC. He was lucky to have Geno already here. Time to earn your money Holgs and get a great QB on your own.

  • Phil

    The special teams need work and Millard is not the answer. Overall, I am improved with the team, especially the defense.

  • leroy j gibbs

    I must say our defense look a lot better.special teams not so good. An honorable effort

    • William

      How does JOE DEFOREST still have a coaching job at WVU? Special teams are a joke, and will lose this and many games!

      • Justin

        I agree....we could put him as the water boy and he'd screw that up.

  • Brian

    Holding up ok so far, however how much longer are the coaches going to allow Millard to prove he's not the quarterback to lead this team.

    • GregG

      Well, I guess that question got answered Brian. I have to give the Defense an A. Best showing I have seen out of them in a long time. Special teams, a big F. Offense, F-. This was a game gift wrapped and handed to us, but our offense refused to take it.

  • Duane

    28 -27 WVU baby