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OSU football: Five takeaways from Cowboys' 20-13 win at West Virginia

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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — No. 21 Oklahoma State survived. The Cowboys edged West Virginia 20-13 on Saturday for a fourth straight victory.

Here’s a look at five key takeaways from the win that moved the Cowboys to 8-3 on the season:

1. Defense bends but doesn’t break on final drive

West Virginia had a chance to tie the game in the final minutes of the game, reaching OSU’s 17. But the Cowboys’ defense again strong on a day it wasn’t as sharp as the past three weeks.

Mountaineers quarterback Jarret Doege threw an incomplete pass. Then, OSU linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga had a tackle for loss and safety Kolby Harvell-Peel broke up the third-down pass.

Finally, defensive coordinator Jim Knowles dialed up a massive blitz on fourth down and Ogbongbemiga hit Doege as he was passing to force the turnover on downs with 1:38 remaining.

There was no bigger defensive sequence.

And that came after OSU held West Virginia out of the end zone on two plays inside the 1 in the opening half.

2. Chuba utilized more in passing game

The Cowboys’ again rode their Heisman Trophy contender.

But he didn’t really get going on the ground until late in the game, but he still moved to fourth on the Cowboys’ single-season rushing list. Chuba Hubbard passed Thurman Thomas’ 1987 mark of 1,767 yards with his 106 yards. Hubbard entered the day with 1,726 yards and now has 1,832 yards.

But the biggest development was the use of Hubbard in the passing game. He caught seven passes for 88 yards, all on screen plays. His 46-yard screen on the opening drive set up the game’s first touchdown, a 1-yard fourth-down pass to Jelani Woods.

3. Dru Brown’s debut as starter

With the loss of Spencer Sanders to thumb surgery, things were going to be different. And they were with Dru Brown starting at quarterback.

He completed 22 of 29 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns. He looked great on the opening drive and then hit a bit of a lull as receivers struggled to get open. 

But late in the game, he looked comfortable again as he led OSU to 10 straight points in the fourth quarter. 

The big thing from Brown was that he never turned the ball over. He made the right decisions.

4. Cowboys struggle in short-yardage situations

It was a not a banner day for the Cowboys in short-yardage situations.

They finished 3 of 7 on third downs that needed 4 or less yards. West Virginia’s front seven never really let Hubbard get loose and it pressured Brown well. 

That often led to punts, including two on fourth-and-1 for the Cowboys. It just wasn’t worth the risk near midfield each time.

5. Hutton continues to struggle

OSU’s special teams were far from crisp last week against Kansas. Matt Ammendola struggled with field goals. Tom Hutton struggled with punts. 

That downward trend continued for Hutton. 

The 29-year-old freshman averaged just 39 yards per punt, including a 27-yard punt off the side of his foot early in the game. He did pin one inside the 20.

On the bright side, Ammendola did make a 44-yard field goal early in the second half.

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Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard (30) looks down field on a long run against West Virginia the first half of an NCAA college football game in Morgantown, W.Va., on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson)

Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard (30) looks down field on a long run against West Virginia the first half of an NCAA college football game in Morgantown, W.Va., on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson)

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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the... Read more ›

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