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The best and worst of OSU-West Virginia: An excited mom, a half-empty stadium and Tom Hutton's struggles

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The weather was bad, the football was better, and the Oklahoma State Cowboys left happy.

Here’s a look at some other bests and worsts from Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium:


Best use of a non-injured thumb: Spencer Sanders

The Oklahoma State quarterback couldn’t travel with the team after having surgery on his right thumb last Monday. Watching on TV, Sanders used his good hand to fire off some entertaining Twitter posts.

“Turn me up 6 (Dru Brown) let’s get this money come second half!” Sanders tweeted at halftime when the Cowboys trailed 10-7.

And later, when running back Chuba Hubbard hurdled a defender in a similar but smoother way than Sanders had done the week before against Kansas: “Like father like son,” he wrote, adding a couple laughing emojis for good measure.


Best quote about hair: Joe Wickline

And no, he wasn’t talking about Mike Gundy’s hair. Wickline, the former Oklahoma State offensive line coach, went through pregame Senior Day activities for his son, West Virginia starting right tackle Kelby Wickline.

Afterward, Joe — now sporting much longer hair than the buzz cut he had in Stillwater — passed by OSU radio sideline reporter Robert Allen, who commented on the new style.

“Looks damn good, doesn’t it?” Wickline said into the microphone with a hearty laugh.


Best mom moment: Sharlene Green

Green, the mother of West Virginia cornerback Hakeem Bailey, couldn’t wait for her son to get to the 50-yard line where parents waited to greet their sons during Senior Day announcements.

Green, wearing a shirt with images of Bailey all over it, moved toward him as he trotted out. She wrapped her arms around him and lifted him a few inches off the ground in a bear hug.


Worst turnout: West Virginia fans

First, let’s cut the Mountaineer fans some slack. It wasn’t an ideal day for a great fan turnout at Milan Puskar Stadium for multiple reasons.

Cold weather with a chance of rain. Classes were already out for Thanksgiving break. Deer hunting season had just opened. And the team hasn’t been all that great.

However, the team was coming off its biggest win of the season, and still had a shot at bowl eligibility. Yet the upper decks were sparsely populated and the overall crowd appeared to fall well shy of the announced attendance of 46,022.


Worst performance in victory: Tom Hutton

The OSU punter had his worst game of the season in yards per punt, coming in at 34.0 yards on four attempts, with a long of 39.

OSU fans have been frustrated with Hutton’s performance much of the season because he hasn’t met the hype that his signing generated, coming out of the ProKick Australia organization that has become well known for producing top-notch punters.

In reality, Hutton had been fairly solid until recently. He was punting with good hangtime, pinning opponents inside their own 20 with kicks that were tricky to field.

Against Baylor on Oct. 19, he averaged 43.4 yards on five attempts. He also completed a pass on a trick play that day.

But in the four games since, his yards-per-punt numbers have dipped lower each week: 41.0, 39.7 and 37.2 prior to Saturday’s season-low performance.

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West Virginia head coach Neal Brown, right, shakes hands with Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy after an NCAA college football game in Morgantown, W.Va., on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson)

West Virginia head coach Neal Brown, right, shakes hands with Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy after an NCAA college football game in Morgantown, W.Va., on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson)

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Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›

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