NORMAN, OKLA. – Oklahoma's defensive players had an extra week to listen to the chatter about how terrible they were.
The Sooners allowed 603 yards to Tulsa in a shootout victory two weeks ago, and through the bye week fans and critics wondered if the 15th-ranked Sooners were ready for conference play.
Oklahoma provided a resounding answer Saturday, collecting seven sacks and forcing five turnovers in a 44-24 win over No. 23 West Virginia.
Linebacker Eric Striker had 13 tackles, including two sacks and three tackles for loss, and forced a fumble in the fourth quarter that Jordan Evans returned 41 yards for a touchdown.
"I thought we had a good week of practice, and I thought you could see it in everybody's eyes," Striker said. "We really wanted to do good, and everybody wanted a piece of them [the Mountaineers]. Not much talking to do. We were really ready to go."
Jordan Thomas intercepted two passes and Evans had nine tackles for the Sooners (4-0, 1-0 Big 12).