Oklahoma football: How Sooners, Mountaineers compare by the numbers

West Virginia's Jackie Matthews (3) breaks up a pass intended for Michael Woods II (8) during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. Oklahoma won 16-13.Lx12791
West Virginia's Jackie Matthews (3) breaks up a pass intended for Michael Woods II (8) during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. Oklahoma won 16-13.Lx12791 /
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West Virginia wants to bully opponents at the line of scrimmage and run the ball down the throats of its opponents. That’s the battlefront awaiting the Oklahoma football Sooners as they prepare to take on another power running team with plenty of weaponry in the backfield, including a dual-threat quarterback.

The Sooners (7-2, 4-2) are at a critical crossroads in their season on Saturday. Are they going to allow an impressive 7-0 start to fade sheepishly into the sunset, or instead feed off the energy of a nighttime home crowd to right the ship and finish out the season strong? What happens on Saturday night at sold-out Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium will set the tone for how OU will finish out the 2023 season.

Playing at home — where the Sooner have fewer losses (13) since the 1999 season than Big 12 football championships (14) — should be a major advantage for the Crimson and Cream, and playing at home at night makes it even more of a challenge for a visiting opponent. In the past four seasons (2019-2022), the Sooners are 10-1 when playing at home at night.

Here is how the Sooners and Mountaineers stack up statistically in a number of major offensive and defensive categories heading into Saturday’s showdown (with national ranking in parentheses):

                                                                    Oklahoma                     West Virginia

Scoring offense                                        39.9 (8)                            31.4 (39)

Scoring defense                                       19.8 (27)                         24.3 (55)

Rushing offense                                    177.2 (39)                      218.0 (7)

Rushing defense                                   133.7 (48)                      139.0 (56)

Pass offense                                          312.8 (10)                      201.4 (98)

Pass defense                                         248.3 (104)                   227.8 (61)

Total offense                                         490.0 (7)                        419.4 (43)

Total defense                                        382.0 (75)                     366.8 (61)

3rd-down conversion offense           47.1% (21)                     41.9% (49)

3rd-down conversion defense          29.1% (11)                     36.4% (47)

Red zone offense                                  86.7% (53)                     85.4% (62)

Red zone defense                                 76.9% (27)                     81.5% (55)

Turnover margin                                   +8 (10)                            +2 (44)