College Football
West Virginia at Oklahoma State
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 29, 2016
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, Oklahoma

West Virginia’s biggest tests may be further down the road - with home games against No. 15 Oklahoma and No. 6 Baylor during the final three weeks – but an equally tough task looms in a trip to Stillwater on Saturday to face Oklahoma State. The ninth-ranked Mountaineers put their 6-0 record and 3-0 Big 12 mark on the line when they play their second true road game of the season after a victory at Texas Tech two weeks ago.

Defense has been everything for West Virginia, which ranks 15th nationally in points allowed at 17.8 after holding TCU to 10 and high-powered Texas Tech to 17 during the last two weeks. Cowboys coach Mike Gundy was impressed with West Virginia’s defense, telling reporters: "I think that up to now, they're playing as good as anyone in the conference and maybe comparable to top 10 teams in the country. They're multiple with the style of play they use. Each week they have a scheme and plan like most of us do, and whatever they feel personnel matches up best with the teams they're playing.’’ West Virginia is tied with Baylor for second place in the Big 12, a half-game behind Oklahoma (4-0), while Oklahoma State sits in fourth. The Cowboys won three straight games since losing 35-24 to Baylor on Sept. 24.

TV: Noon ET, FOX. LINE: West Virginia -4

ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA (6-0, 3-0 Big 12): The Mountaineers are off to their first 6-0 start since 2006 and have three of the league’s four worst teams - Kansas, Texas and Iowa State - still on the schedule. Quarterback Skyler Howard threw four touchdowns passes against TCU and has completed 66.5 percent of his passes this season for 1,821 yards and 12 scores. Running back Rushel Shell (465 yards, five touchdowns) seeks his third straight 100-yard rushing game, while Justin Crawford (371, three) is expected to play despite an ankle injury.

ABOUT OKLAHOMA STATE (5-2, 3-1): The Cowboys’ offense averages 41.1 points per game, good for 14th-best in the nation, on the strength of quarterback Mason Rudolph and a receiving corps that has 10 players averaging 10-plus yards per catch. Rudolph has completed 62.1 percent of his passes for 2,256 yards and 14 touchdowns against only two interceptions. Freshman running back Justice Hill (565 rushing yards, four touchdowns) averages 119 yards in conference play and his next 100-yard game would be a program record fourth for first-year players.


1. West Virginia leads the series 4-3 after losing 33-26 in overtime at home last year.

2. Oklahoma State has made only one turnover during its three-game winning streak.

3. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen was an assistant under Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy.

PREDICTION: West Virginia 26, Oklahoma State 17
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
West Virginia 6-0 W6 33.0 17.8 4-0 2-0 1-0 0-0 3-0
Oklahoma State 5-2 W3 41.1 27.4 4-1 1-1 0-1 0-0 3-1
Last Meeting
West Virginia Oklahoma State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/10/15 OKST 33 WVU 26 443 255 188 362 134 228
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
West Virginia S. Howard 51.4 188 1 1
Oklahoma State M. Rudolph 50.0 218 0 3
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
West Virginia W. Smallwood 19 147 7.7 1
Oklahoma State M. Rudolph 7 48 6.9 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
West Virginia S. Gibson 5 84 16.8 1
Oklahoma State D. Glidden 5 50 10.0 0
Touchdowns Player TD
West Virginia S. Gibson 1
Oklahoma State R. Childs 1
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
West Virginia S. Howard 66.5 1821 12 4
Oklahoma State M. Rudolph 62.1 2256 14 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
West Virginia R. Shell 96 465 4.8 5
Oklahoma State J. Hill 108 568 5.3 4
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
West Virginia S. Gibson 25 501 20.0 3
Oklahoma State J. Washington 37 740 20.0 6
Touchdowns Player TD
West Virginia R. Shell 5
Oklahoma State R. Childs 7
Quickchart Matchup
West Virginia West Virginia Off vs  Oklahoma State Oklahoma State Def
West Virginia 510 yards
Oklahoma State 448.7 yards
West Virginia 4.8 yards/rush
Oklahoma State 4.5 yards/rush
West Virginia 8.9 yards/attempt
Oklahoma State 8.1 yards/attempt
Oklahoma State Oklahoma State Off vs  West Virginia West Virginia Def
Oklahoma State 479.7 yards
West Virginia 392.2 yards
Oklahoma State 3.7 yards/rush
West Virginia 4.2 yards/rush
Oklahoma State 8.7 yards/attempt
West Virginia 6 yards/attempt