Greene leads Mountaineers to win against the Sooners, first since joining the Big 12

Photo courtesy of Tim Curlee via Sports Illustrated

MORGANTOWN—The West Virginia Mountaineers pick up their first win against the Oklahoma Sooners last Saturday, November 12, since WVU joined the Big 12 conference in July 2012. 

The Mountaineers got their fourth win of the season on a game-winning 25-yard field goal from Casey Legg. As time expired on the game clock, Legg’s field goal put WVU up 23-20 against Oklahoma in a come-from-behind victory. 

The Mountaineers were led by a spectacular effort from the backup sophomore quarterback from Tallahassee, Florida, Garrett Greene. 

In a game which saw moderate rainfall taking place during a large portion of the game and temperatures hovering around the low 40s and upper 30s, where the passing game for both teams had substantial obstacles to overcome, the running game of the backup quarterback was just the Mountaineer offense needed to move the ball downfield. 

Greene first saw the turf late in the second quarter, when he came in for starting quarterback JT Daniels, who was ineffective in getting the Mountaineer offense down the field. 

Greene came in the game to lead the offense against the Sooners, with only seeing the field very sporadically so far this season. The backup quarterback was able to ignite the Mountaineer offense, which had been all but dead to begin the game with a spark that Daniels was not able to start against the Sooners. 

Hitting the turf and playing with a lot of energy and emotion during the come-from-behind victory, the backup quarterback brought a whole new energy and level of excitement to the offense. 

Fans responded very positively to seeing the young quarterback ecstatically celebrating first-downs and touchdowns. 

The young-gun Greene finished the game with three touchdowns, two of them came from his running ability and the third came from a passing touchdown. 

He finished the game with a career-high 119 yards rushing on 14 attempts and 138 passing yards completing 12 of his 22 attempts. Greene combined for 257 yards of total offense and three touchdowns on the Sooner defense. 

Greene’s stoic effort to lead the Mountaineers earned him a Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week award for his dominating performance on Saturday. 

Punter Oliver Straw was also awarded Big 12 Co-Special Team player of the week. 

Greene’s performance was the talk of the game on the WVU offensive side of the ball, as for the Oklahoma offensive side of the ball Eric Grey was the main talking point of the afternoon. 

Grey was dominant on the ground just like WVU’s Greene was, Grey went for 211 yards on the ground on 25 carries. 

WVU moved up to 4-6 on the season as Oklahoma fell to 5-5 this season. The Mountaineers look to get back on the gridiron next Saturday, November 19 hosting Kansas State for the Mountaineer Senior Day.

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