Sellout’s rapid reaction to Oklahoma State’s 48-34 win at West Virginia

Sellout’s rapid reaction to Oklahoma State’s 48-34 win at West Virginia

Nothing came easy Saturday in Morgantown, but at times Ollie Gordon sure made it look that way.

Berry Tramel

By Berry Tramel

| Oct 21, 2023, 6:06pm CDT

Berry Tramel

By Berry Tramel

Oct 21, 2023, 6:06pm CDT

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — Nothing came easy for the Cowboys on Saturday in the picturesque Allegheny Mountains. But victory finally came. OSU exploded for three fourth-quarter touchdowns and beat the Mountaineers 48-34 in Milan Puskar Stadium. Here is Rapid Reaction from Sellout Crowd’s crew:

Commissioner Gordon

Berry Tramel: With the game tied 27-27 midway through the fourth quarter, and OSU facing third-and-3 at the West Virginia 29-yard line, tailback Ollie Gordon hammered into the Mountaineer line for the third straight snap. Only this time, he didn’t have the ball. You couldn’t blame the Mountaineers for thinking otherwise, but quarterback Alan Bowman kept the ball and flipped a little swing pass to Brennan Presley, who beat two WVU defenders to spring himself free for the go-ahead touchdown.

Moments later, on the first play of the Cowboys’ ensuing possession, OSU returned to Gordon, who wild-horsed his way to a 46-yard touchdown run.

Remember when OSU was having trouble running the ball? Not anymore. Gordon finished with 282 yards on 29 carries. His huge runs – 32, 34, 27, 46 and 53 yards – are difference-makers. But just the threat of Gordon is part of that difference-making.

The OSU pass offense isn’t the threat it usually is. But Gordon now relieves a lot of pressure off Bowman and allows the passing game some opportunity to maneuver.

Cowboys recover from muffed punt, Mountaineers don’t

Ben Hutchens: After Brennan Presley muffed a punt in the first quarter, Kendal Daniels big-bodied Mountaineer Kole Taylor, forcing a fumble. The next defensive series, Korie Black came up with an interception. West Virginia didn’t respond so well to its muffed punt in the fourth quarter. All the Cowboys did was score four touchdowns in a row. That’s the strongest possible response they could have come up with.

Ollie does is run hard

Sam Hutchens: On OSU’s go-ahead drive that ended up giving OSU a 34-27 lead, Ollie Gordon was the recipient of a facemask and late hit on the same play. It looked like it hurt. Tapping his helmet and catching his breath on the sideline would’ve been understandable, if not recommended. But Gordon popped right up from his tumble into the OSU sideline, celebrated the 30 free yards and immediately trucked forward on the next play for a physical seven-yard run.

With those two penalties, WVU tried everything to stop Gordon. It proved impossible. 

OSU Joins Theme of the Day

Ed Murray: Find a way to win. We witnessed it earlier in the day in Norman and got a double dose in the late afternoon in Morgantown. It’s one thing for the opponent to make mistakes and help out the effort. It’s another to take advantage of those miscues. Oh boy, did the Cowboys ever take advantage.

Down by 4, OSU punted, only to have two Mountaineers collide and cough up the ball at the 26. From there, OSU did what it does best, giving it twice to Ollie Gordon for the go-ahead touchdown.

West Virginia immediately tied the score but committed a double foul on Gordon — a 30-yard penalty. OSU capped that drive going to plan 1B — Brennan Presley with a couple of great moves on his way to the end zone and the lead.

And the defense finally got off the second-half teeter-totter with a fourth-down stop near midfield. Back to plan 1A- Gordon raced 46 yards for his 3rd score and then another 53 yards for touchdown #4 after West Virginia had made it a one-score game again. 

Do what you need to do to win. Keep getting it to Gordon.


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Berry Tramel is a 45-year veteran of Oklahoma journalism, having spent 13 years at the Norman Transcript and 32 years at The Oklahoman. He has been named Oklahoma Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. Born and raised in Norman, Tramel grew up reading four newspapers a day and began his career at age 17. His first assignment was the Lexington-Elmore City high school football game, and he’s enjoyed the journey ever since, having covered NBA Finals and Rose Bowls and everything in between. Tramel and his wife, Tricia, were married in 1980 and live in Norman near their daughter, son-in-law and three granddaughters. Tramel can be reached at 405-760-8080 or at [email protected].

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