The Norman Transcript

September 7, 2013

Sooners sneak by West Virginia, 16-7

Knight benched in the fourth quarter

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Oklahoma improved to 2-0 with Saturday night’s 16-7 victory over West Virginia. Trevor Knight’s status as the 16th-ranked Sooners’ unquestioned starting quarterback did not make it through the night.

Knight was benched at the start of the fourth quarter. He was 10-for-20 for 119 yards through the first three quarters. But two third-quarter interceptions — both in the red zone — wrecked scoring drives.

Defense and special teams bailed OU out.

After giving up a 75-yard touchdown run by West Virginia running back Dreamius Smith midway through the first quarter, the Sooners pitched a shutout.

The game was the exact opposite of the teams' 2011 meeting, which the Sooners won 50-49 on a night the teams combined for more than 1,400 yards of total offense.

Even though Bell entered in the fourth quarter, he never completed a pass. OU relied strictly on its ability to run the ball. Brennan Clay rushed for 170 yards on 22 carries and Damien Williams added 95 yards on 21 totes.

West Virginia (1-1, 0-1 Big 12) had little to offer in the passing department. Paul Millard threw for 218 yards, but was just 21 for 40. He also threw a costly second-half interception.