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Game-ending field goal sees West Virginia fall to No. 4 Oklahoma, 16-13

Oklahoma running back Eric Gray (0) runs ahead of West Virginia linebacker Exree Loe (6) for a first down during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sep. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Gabe Brkic’s 30-yard field goal as time expired gave No. 4 Oklahoma a 16-13 win over West Virginia on Saturday night.

Oklahoma started its final possession at its 8-yard line with 3:39 remaining. Quarterback Spencer Rattler, who was booed by the home fans on several occasions, completed all six of his passes for 54 yards on the final drive to get the Sooners into scoring range. The final drive was 14 plays and 80 yards.

Rattler passed for 256 yards and a touchdown. Mike Woods caught eight passes for 86 yards for the Sooners (4-0, 1-0 Big 12), who won their third game by seven or fewer points this season.

West Virginia (2-2, 0-1), coming off a 27-21 win over then-No. 15 Virginia Tech, was held to 226 total yards.

West Virginia opened the game with a 17-play, 75-yard drive that took more than nine minutes and ended with a 2-yard Garrett Greene touchdown run.

Oklahoma evened the score on Rattler’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Austin Stogner.

After Rattler threw an interception to West Virginia cornerback Jackie Matthews late in the first half, a loud chant of “We want Caleb!” — referring to backup quarterback Caleb Williams — rang out.

Casey Legg’s 25-yard field goal as time expired in the first half gave the Mountaineers a 10-7 lead at the break. Oklahoma had just 91 yards of total offense in the first half.

The Sooners moved down the field to open the second half, and a 28-yard field goal by Brkic tied the score. Legg responded with a 21-yarder to put West Virginia back ahead by three.

Brkic’s 35-yard field goal with 8:59 remaining tied the score at 13.

West Virginia, aided by a roughing the passer penalty against Oklahoma, moved into scoring range on its next drive. But the Mountaineers lost 21 yards on a bad snap and eventually were forced to punt, setting up Oklahoma’s final drive.

THE TAKEAWAY

West Virginia: The Mountaineers nearly pulled off another win over a ranked team, but they were held to 62 yards in the second half.

Oklahoma: The Sooners waited until their final possession to get into an offensive groove, but they did enough to get the win, which in this season of upsets, counts for something.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Oklahoma probably won’t drop because Iowa and Penn State, who are just below the Sooners, weren’t dominant in their wins. West Virginia missed out on a chance to jump into the Top 25.

UP NEXT

West Virginia: Host Texas Tech next Saturday.

Oklahoma: Visits Kansas State next Saturday. The Wildcats beat the Sooners last season in Norman and defeated Oklahoma in Manhattan, Kansas two years ago.

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Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/CliffBruntAP.

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