Sooners defense improves vs. West Virginia

Oct 3, 2015; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Eric Striker (19) pressures West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Skyler Howard (3) in the fourth quarter at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

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NORMAN, Okla. – The Oklahoma defense made a lot of improvements since the last time we saw them.

That was two weeks ago at home against Tulsa where the Sooners gave up more than 500 yards to the Hurricane.

Saturday, in Norman, OU had seven sacks, got five turnovers, including three interceptions in a 44-24 win against West Virginia.

The five turnovers were the most OU has forced since the 2014 Sugar Bowl win against Alabama. 

"Defensively we were again really good," coach Bob Stoops said. "The turnovers, pressure and defending the pass was outstanding. We played aggressively and our guys played physical."

West Virginia wound up with 369 yards of offense.

"Their defense was better than me," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. " I’m the one calling the plays, so this one falls on me."


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