Quarterback Trevor Knight went 20-for-33 for 308 yards and a touchdown and added 17 more yards on five carries for another score as he led the Oklahoma Sooners to a 34-10 win against the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday.
Knight has now thrown for 300 yards and completed over 60 percent of his passes in consecutive games. Knight will have a chance to extend his streak to three straight games of 300 yards and 60 percent completions against the West Virginia, who allowed a mediocre Maryland offense to throw for 284 yards and four touchdowns on Saturday.
Knight’s main weapon in attacking the Mountaineers through the air will be talented wide receiver Sterling Shephard. Shepard caught five passes for 109 yards, including a long 45-yard reception against Tennessee, bringing his season totals to 17 catches on 335 yards. Although he didn’t add a score against the Volunteers, Shepard had back-to-back TDs in his first two games.
On the other side of the ball, the Sooners have a defense capable of providing some key takeaways, especially in the secondary. Cornerbacks Zack Sanchez and Julian Wilson already have four interceptions between them this season. Against the Volunteers, Sanchez added his third interception in three games this season (and fifth in his last six games). Meanwhile, Wilson intercepted a deflected pass and returned it for a 100-yard touchdown.
The Sooners also had five sacks to their credit, one of which caused a fumble for the third Tennessee turnover. Oklahoma’s stellar pass rush will be up against the Mountaineers’ offensive line which has allowed eight sacks over the course of their first three games. Applying pressure on West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett will be key in stopping the Mountaineers’ passing offense.