STILLWATER — Oklahoma State returns to the comfort of Boone Pickens Stadium, where it hasn’t lost since October 2020, with hopes of wrapping up the regular season with a Senior Day victory.
In their first 11 a.m. game of the season, the Cowboys play host to West Virginia on Saturday, televised by ESPN2.
Here’s a look at the details you need to know about the game:
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West Virginia at Oklahoma State
When: 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater
TV: ESPN2 (Cox 28/HD 721, Dish 143, DirecTV 209, U-verse 606/HD 1606)
Radio: KXXY-FM 96.1
Line: OSU by 9
Tramel: Bedlam turns bizarre as Cowboys dominate three quarters but lose
Scouting West Virginia
Record: 4-7 (2-6 BIg 12)
Best player: Dante Stills, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound super-senior, has proven himself as one of the best defensive tackles in the Big 12. This season, he has 25 tackles with nine for loss and 4½ sacks. His presence is key to the Mountaineer run defense that is giving up 146.8 yards per game. While their overall defense is near the bottom of the Big 12, their run defense has been a strong point, which will present a challenge for the Cowboys.
The case for West Virginia: It starts with that run defense. OSU has struggled to run the ball, and if West Virginia can take away the run, it can add support to its porous pass defense. Quarterback J.T. Daniels has thrown for more than 2,100 yards, and despite being near the bottom of the Big 12, the Mountaineer offense still averages nearly 32 points a game. Daniels will be able to attack the Cowboys’ league-worst pass defense, particularly with his favorite target, Bryce Ford-Wheaton, who is second in the Big 12 in receptions and touchdown catches.
The case for OSU: Obviously, the Bedlam result wasn’t ideal. But there were some glimpses of hope, despite the loss. The defense has been playing much better the last two weeks, including three shutout quarters against the Sooners after the first quarter debacle. Offensively, the health of Spencer Sanders’ throwing shoulder is less of a question than it was for most of the previous six weeks. He threw 67 passes in Bedlam, a school record for a single game. And the Cowboys are a much better team at home over the last couple years, having won 13 straight at Boone Pickens Stadium as opposed to a 1-4 road record this season.
—Scott Wright, Staff writer