Not every big battle in the college football world this weekend turned out to be as close as expected. While games like Florida at LSU went down to the wire, the clash between Oklahoma and West Virginia in Morgantown was a blowout in the favor of the Sooners. The win gives Oklahoma control of the Big 12 and also solidifies their position as the highest ranked team in the conference when it comes to the College Football Playoff.
The #9 Sooners had this one pretty much wrapped up over the #14 Mountaineers by half time. It was a frustrating night for those in Morgantown who had come out in their thousands for one of the biggest games in the city in recent memory. Unfortunately, the Mountaineers themselves seemed completely overawed by the occasion as Dana Holgorsen's men barely showed up for the first half.
West Virginia committed mental error after mental error in that ill-fated first period as the Sooners raced out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead and were up 41-7 after a pick-six on the first drive of the second half. While a late WVU rally narrowed the deficit to 13 points with a little over 10 minutes to play, Oklahoma smoothly shifted back up through the gears to ease on to a 56-28 victory.
The entirety of the West Virginia first half performance is summed up on the first play of this video. A punt in the snow is never the easiest thing to deal with for a return man, but after the WVU defense had forced the Sooners to punt the team would have at least expected to get the ball to their offense. instead returner Gary Jennings muffs the kick with a diving catch attempt that had zero chance of ever working and Oklahoma was in business deep in the Mountaineers territory.
Watch these highlights to see just how Oklahoma continued to put the pressure on West Virginia while also admiring the beauty of football in the snow.
See more highlight videos like this on the Big 12 Digital Network YouTube Channel.