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WVU defense breaks down again in 50-49 loss despite historic night from Tavon Austin

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The Mountaineers fell to 5-5 despite an astounding 584 total yards from Tavon Austin.

Landry Jones threw a perfect slant pass to Kenny Stills for a TD on fourth down with 24 seconds left and Oklahoma edged West Virginia 50-49 in Morgantown despite an astounding 574 total yards from WVU's Tavon Austin.

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith and his counterpart, Landry Jones of Oklahoma, combined for 10 touchdown passes and receivers Kenny Stills and Stedman Bailey each caught four touchdown receptions in another amazing display of offense by two Big 12 teams. The Sooners' Jones  threw for 554 yards and six touchdowns. WVU's Bailey had 13 catches for 205 yards and four scores. But they were only secondary stories on an amazing night of offense.

It was Austin who was the story on this night -- and perhaps in all of college football this season. The talented wide receiver was asked to revive a stagnant Mountaineers' running game, and the 5-9 senior responded.

Austin rushed for a school-record 344 yards and set a Big 12 record with 572 all-purpose yards. He broke the rushing mark of 337 yards set by Kay-Jay Harris against East Carolina in 2004. He also topped the Big 12 all-purpose yards mark of 375 set by Hollis Mitchell of Texas in 2000 against Kansas and the school record of 356 set by Garrett Ford against Pittsburgh in 1965.

Stoops called Austin's performance one of the best he's seen in the Big 12.

"He's right up there with anybody," Stoops said.

In the end, though, the Mountaineers' defense, which has now surrendered 356 points in the past seven games, fell apart again and cost their amazing offense another game.

Another spectacular display of offense began as Jones tossed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Trey Millard to give the Sooners a 7-0 lead.
The rest of the first quarter was relatively uneventful as both Oklahoma and West Virginia traded field goals to close the quarter with the Sooners ahead 10-3. Then the fireworks started.
WVU running back Andrew Buie tied the game at 10-10 after pounding into the endzone on a key 4th-down from the 1 yard line. Oklahoma answered as Josh Saunders took a short pass from Jones and scampered 76 yards against a very soft display of defense from West Virginia, making the score 17-10 Oklahoma.

Jones and Smith traded touchdown passes again, moving the count to 24-17 OU, before Sooners running back Damien Williams ripped off a 48-yard touchdown run to give the Sooners a 31-17 halftime lead.
The madness continue in the second half as Austin revved up one of the greatest single-game performances in NCAA history. He registered his first score of the game on a 74 yard run, cutting the Sooners' lead to 31-24 and ignite the Mountaineers playmaker.
Jones remained unfazed as he led a quick Oklahoma drive culminating in an 11-yard touchdown pass to Stills to double the Sooner lead once again.
Austin again cut the Sooners lead in half, finishing off a 92-yard West Virginia drive with a 4-yard TD run. Kicker Tyler Bitancourt missed the extra point, however, sending the game to the fourth quarter with Oklahoma holding a 38-30 lead and setting the stage for a battle of receivers, as Bailer and Stills combined for five touchdown receptions in the quarter.

West Virginia took a 43-38 lead after back-to-back touchdown receptions by Bailey. Stills added one of his own before Bailey caught a third score and the Mountaineers put a 49-43 lead in the shaky hands of their defense with two minutes remaining.
Two plays later the Sooners has the ball at the WVU 12, but the Mountaineers' defense stiffened, forcing a 4th and goal with 29 seconds remaining and the game hanging in the balance. Jones threw a perfect strike to Stills to cap-off a brilliant quarter and an outstanding game with a 5 yard touchdown pass with 24 seconds left to seal the win 50-49.
Oklahoma improved to 8-2 overall and 6-1 in the Big 12, keeping their hopes of a Big 12 championship alive. On the opposite side, West Virginia fell to 5-5 overall and 2-5 in the Big 12.

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