WVU upsets No. 11 Oklahoma State


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In tossing his headset, Dana Holgersen spoke for most of us who

were subjected to West Virginia’s four-hour slopfest against

Oklahoma State. The Moutaineers’ 30-21 win over the

11th-ranked Cowboys on Saturday was clunkier than the Beverly

Hillbillies’ Oldsmobile.

Holgersen took it out on his headset, which shattered from the

velocity of his throw. West Virginia was protecting a 24-21 lead at

the time, and Holgersen has seen his team do enough bad stuff this

year that you couldn’t blame him if he could feel disaster

rumbling under his feet.

This is a Mountaineers team that lost to Maryland 37-0 last week

and needed a late touchdown to beat William & Mary in the

season opener.

Presumably, the Mountaineers were going to need a nearly perfect

game to beat the Cowboys. They didn’t get that, turning it

over twice, going 8-for-22 on third down and being outgained

433-388. But Oklahoma State turned it over three times, missed two

field goals and threw 27 incomplete passes.

It was enough to save West Virginia’s lead. Can’t

say as much for Holgersen’s headset, though.