MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia fell apart in the red zone on its final drive of the game, resulting in a 20-13 loss to Oklahoma State that eliminated the Mountaineers from postseason consideration.
The Mountaineers drove to the Oklahoma State 17, but three incompletions and a two-yard loss on a screen pass spelled their demise. West Virginia had three red zone possessions in the game that did not result in touchdowns.
West Virginia (4-7, 2-6 Big 12) has now lost five straight games to the Cowboys (8-3, 5-3) dating to 2015.
Oklahoma State 20, West Virginia 13 (6:18)
A clutch stop for West Virginia’s defense after a three-and-out by the offense.
Jeffrey Pooler and Sean Mahone stopped Chuba Hubbard on third-and-2 from the WVU 6, forcing the Cowboys to settle for a 22-yard field goal. It goes without saying that the game would likely be over if Oklahoma State had scored a touchdown on the possession.
Oklahoma State 17, West Virginia 13 (11:23)
The Cowboys took the lead with a clinical drive. Oklahoma State went 78 yards in 13 plays, needing to only convert one third down in the process.
Dillon Stoner’s third catch of the drive was the 2-yard touchdown from Dru Brown to take the lead.
West Virginia 13, Oklahoma State 10 (0:54)
The Mountaineers retook the lead on Evan Staley’s 29-yard field goal.
The big play of the drive was a 21-yard swing pass to Leddie Brown on a third-and-8 from Oklahoma State’s 32-yard line. However, WVU lost 10 yards on its first two plays after advancing to the 11, ultimately resulting in the field goal.
Oklahoma State 10, West Virginia 10 (10:52)
West Virginia’s defense bowed up after handing the Cowboys 20 free yards in penalties before they even ran a play. Matt Ammendola hit a 44-yard field goal to tie it after Oklahoma State drove as close as the WVU 19 before Dru Brown took a Jeffrey Pooler sack.
West Virginia has limited Hubbard to 39 yards on 11 carries. The nation’s leading rusher has only been held under 100 yards one time this season — a blowout win over FCS McNeese State in which he had only eight carries.
Quarterback Jarret Doege is playing well in his second start, completing 13 of 16 passes for 162 yards with a touchdown.
West Virginia 10, Oklahoma State 7 (5:23)
Jarret Doege lollipopped a 34-yard touchdown pass to George Campbell, who now has seven touchdowns on 16 receptions this season. Doege made the throw off his back foot, but had the arm to find the streaking Campbell in stride.
The drive opened with a Jovani Haskins holding penalty wiping out a long gain, but an undeterred Doege hit Ali Jennings for 30 yards on first-and-20 to get things off on the right foot.
Oklahoma State 7, West Virginia 3 (10:33)
What a mess.
West Virginia settled for a 22-yard field goal after an apparent Sam James touchdown was ruled short of the end zone, then upheld on replay review even though the review clearly demonstrated that James’ knee never touched the ground until after the ball crossed the plane of the goal line. (James’ ankle did make contact with the ground with the ball shy of the goal line).
Perhaps thinking angrily instead of logically, the Mountaineers tried to stuff it in with two straight quarterback sneaks that were stuffed. A false start forced WVU to pass on third down. Jarret Doege was pressured into an incompletion.
It was a rough drive for officials, who inspired Neal Brown to call a timeout earlier on the drive to yell at them after they missed a pretty clear pass interference call against Oklahoma State in the back of the end zone.
Evan Staley, back from a leg injury, was well short on a 47-yard field goal attempt into a slight wind. He probably shouldn’t have been in that position, though. Jarret Doege took a bad sack and Colton McKivitz jumped early, costing the Mountaineers 12 yards on what was once a promising drive.
Oklahoma State 7, West Virginia 0 (7:41)
Tight end Jelani Woods slipped out for a 1-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal when the defense bit on a play-fake to running back Chuba Hubbard — as can be expected when he’s the nation’s leading rusher.
Hubbard made the biggest impact on the drive as a receiver, turning a screen pass into a 46-yard gain that brought the Cowboys inside the 10-yard line.
Wide receiver T.J. Simmons is back in the lineup for the Mountaineers after missing the past two games with an injury.
Kicker Evan Staley, who has also been out with a leg injury since the Baylor game, looked comfortable in warmups, hitting 45-yard field goals with ease.