- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

No. 21 Oklahoma State (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) at West Virginia (3-1, 0-1), 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Line: West Virginia by 7

Series Record: West Virginia leads 4-2

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Oklahoma State is looking to go 6-0 for the first time since winning its first 10 games in the 2011 season. The Mountaineers are seeking their third straight win in the series. After playing the Cowboys, West Virginia will have back-to-back road games at No. 3 Baylor and No. 2 TCU.



KEY MATCHUP

Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph against West Virginia’s secondary. Rudolph overcame a rough game against Texas two weeks ago to complete 34 of 55 passes for 437 yards and three TDs in a 36-34 win over Kansas State. West Virginia lost senior safety Karl Joseph for the season Tuesday when he injured his right knee in practice. Joseph had five interceptions this season. The two candidates to replace him have one start combined.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oklahoma State: RB Raymond Taylor. The former walk-on could be called to get the bulk of the carries again if starter Chris Carson and backup Rennie Childs miss their second straight games with injuries. Coach Mike Gundy hasn’t said whether Carson or Childs will be available. With both out, the Cowboys were limited to 49 rushing yards against K-State.

West Virginia: QB Skyler Howard. The junior had his worst game against Oklahoma, throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble that was returned 41 yards for a touchdown. Howard had one interception in his five previous starts. He completed 17 of 32 passes for 173 yards against the Sooners, including a touchdown pass, and ran 50 yards for another score.

FACTS & FIGURES

In its two previous games, last-minute field goals by Ben Grogan gave Oklahoma State wins over Texas and Kansas State. … The Cowboys lead the nation in sacks (22) and tackles for loss (51). … After holding three previous opponents scoreless in the first half, West Virginia gave up 24 points to Oklahoma by halftime.

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