The Sunday Inspection: West Virginia

Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners comes onto he field before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers on November 19, 2016 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Source: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America)

Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners comes onto he field before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers on November 19, 2016 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.
(Source: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America)

The Sunday Inspection

A beatdown it was on Saturday in Morgantown. The Sooners took advantage of every Mountaineer mistake and are now heading into a much needed bye week. With Bedlam looming, Oklahoma continues to have miscues that must be fixed, specifically on the defensive side of the ball.


Another week that saw the offense dominate, and the defense take advantage of the opposing offense’s poor play.

  • Can not start this off with anything besides the offensive line play. Bill Bedenbaugh has his top six or seven guys playing at an extraordinarily high level.
  • Lincoln Riley just continues to bolster his national notoriety with another impressive performance from his offense. Even with him going conservative again, I just do not know how much longer Bob Stoops will be able to keep him.
  • A guy I do not see staying much longer is Bob’s brother, Mike. A lack of making adjustments on the fly killed them once again on Saturday. Yeah yeah, “THEY GAVE UP 28 POINTS THOUGH”. Irrelevant to me. Why? Because if Oklahoma had played an actual Top 15 team, they would have had to score more points than they did to win. Against 10 personnel, Oklahoma kept five defenders inside the tackles all game. Why am I mentioning it? This is the personnel group that gashed the Sooners defense all game. Yes, all game. Not a single adjustment was made. If it weren’t for terrible penalties and turnovers, Mike Stoops would be getting ripped for his groups performance on Saturday, even with Jordan Evans going down.
  • The credit of this new and improved Jeffery Mead needs to be given. Dennis Simmons has Geno Lewis and Jeffery Mead playing at a very high level right now.
  • One other note I wanted to mention was the teams’ composure. Bob Stoops and company has definitely calmed their team down from what they were a year ago. West Virginia gave Oklahoma plenty of chances to retaliate, and the Sooners stayed calm. (FYI: Chanse Sylvie’s penalty was bogus)

Once again, I thought Oklahoma’s success was due to what West Virginia was not capable of doing on offense, opposed to Oklahoma just flat out dominating the game as the score showed.


A couple points, but nothing more. The offense was spectacular besides Lincoln Riley going vanilla and using a conservative approach in the 3rd quarter.

  • Dede Westbrook was getting bracketed all game, but still made a huge impact with a screen that he somehow found a way into the end zone with. Just an incredible run by him in Big 12 play.
  • Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine will go down as the best running back tandem in Oklahoma history after Bedlam. The show they put on against West Virginia was just a another chapter in that book.
  • The offensive line play was close to being flawless. Erick Wren, Dru Samia, and Ben Powers just carved holes all night. Bobby Evans and Orlando Brown continued to show their NFL potential as well.

Another huge day from the Sooners offense. Just check the box score if you do not believe me.


Just a bad day, covered up by plethora of turnovers and penalties by the Mountaineer offense.

  • A day that Emmanuel Beal and Ruben Hunter (well maybe not, since it was his first major chance to get multiple snaps in a game) will want to forget. At times, Jordan Evans even struggled to make plays in the hole. Now, Mike Stoops did not put them in very many situations to be successful, but at some point I thought Beal and Hunter would have overcome that.
  • Ahmad Thomas has regressed to a point that it has to be pointed out. The All-Big 12 member from 2015 has not been anywhere near to the level of his honor from last year. With a game left, Ahmad Thomas has a chance to prove people wrong, just like his fellow captain has.
  • Speaking of Jordan Evans, the senior is just making plays. He was all over the ball, highlighted by the forced fumble and pick-six.
  • The weird development from Saturday night was the inability of the defensive lineman to get separation from the offensive lineman. Neville Gallimore and Caleb Kelly looked to be the only two to either move defenders or at least bounce off of them.
  • Matt Romar was back, and stood in the middle of the play, as usual. You can mistake him as a tree sometimes, because teams just can not move him.

Was just a weird game defensively. As the game finished, I could not even begin think of how nice of win it was due to how poorly the defense actually played. A scheme issue that made it tough on some players to be successful.


  • Austin Seibert missed another extra point. On the podcast before the game, I mentioned I thought he would miss two of them due to the weather. So one is not too bad, I guess.
  • West Virginia had a good gameplan to minimize Oklahoma’s ability to return the football.
  • A solid day in this facet of the game.
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