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Surprise of the game: OSU vs. West Virginia

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Rodarius Williams

The Oklahoma State defense had another great outing in the Cowboy’s 27-13 win against West Virginia. OSU was up 20-7 at halftime, but the Cowboys didn’t score again until the final two minutes of the game. During the scoreless stretch, the defense held strong and helped out the struggling offense.

Altogether the defense had five sacks, 11 tackles for loss, six pass breakups, and a scoop and score. When trying to pick my surprise of the game, the obvious choice would be senior running back LD Brown with his 103-yard game and a touchdown, but I wanted to go outside the box. With that in mind, my surprise performance of the game came from senior cornerback Rodarius Williams.

Coming into this season, there was a lot of hype around the defense, but especially around the secondary. With that hype, Williams has gone a bit under the radar. The four-year starter had an excellent game on Saturday afternoon.

Of the six pass breakups recorded by the OSU secondary, Williams had four of them, which is his career-high. Four pass breakups were one off from the OSU all-time record, which was set by Kolby Harvell-Peel last season against Iowa State.

Of his four pass breakups, the most important might have been on third down and four early in the fourth quarter, when WVU was driving looking to cut the game to one possession. Instead, Williams broke-up a slant route and forced a field goal.

The defense was stellar against West Virginia, and the veteran Williams had arguably the best performance of any player on defense.

sports.ed@ocolly.com