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November 18, 2012

Good thing stolen wins still count

NORMAN — If you thought Oklahoma came out on the short end of two games that might have gone ether way earlier this season, merry Christmas.

If you were under the impression the Sooners were just plain unlucky, falling to turnovers against Kansas State and a young quarterback who had the game of his life the day Notre Dame came to town, happy birthday.

If you thought OU’s 50-49 victory Saturday night at Milan Puskar Stadium had a ring of justice to it, the way previous losses did not, you need to get your head examined.

Landry Jones deserved to win. Kenny Stills deserved to win. The offensive line, just as long as it was pass blocking, deserved to win. But, plain and simple, OU did not deserve to win.

This was victory-from-the-jaws-of-defeat stuff. This was are-you-kidding-me stuff.

Even on a day Jones threw for more yards than any Sooner quarterback ever had and Kenny Stills caught four touchdown passes and the Sooners came up with two huge late answers that ultimately handed them their victory, this was a day OU stole its good fortune.

Perhaps only a terrific team can pull such a thing off, so it sure counts, but if OU wasn’t supposed to be a two-loss team entering the game, it certainly was supposed to be one exiting the game.

Mountaineer Tavon Austin had carried the ball 14 times for 103 yards before the day began. He’d also caught 96 passes for 968 yards. It’s like West Virginia saw how OU defended Baylor and decided to make their top receiver a running back. Austin ran 21 times for 344 yards

The first play of West Virginia’s second fourth-quarter drive was a 54-yard run from Austin. The first play of the Mountaineers’ next drive was a 47-yard run from Austin.

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