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Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia safety Darwin Cook (25) celebrates his fourth-quarter interception of Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh (4) with teammates Brandon Golson (2) and Will Clarke (98) on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia safety Darwin Cook (25) celebrates his fourth-quarter interception of Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh (4) with teammates Brandon Golson (2) and Will Clarke (98) on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia players (from left to right) Clint Trickett (9), Darren Arndt (89) and Sean Walters (13) celebrate a 30-21 upset victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia players (from left to right) Clint Trickett (9), Darren Arndt (89) and Sean Walters (13) celebrate a 30-21 upset victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett (9) celebrates the 30-21 upset victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett (9) celebrates the 30-21 upset victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett (9) passes over Oklahoma State defensive tackle Calvin Barnett (99) during the fourth quarter Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett (9) passes over Oklahoma State defensive tackle Calvin Barnett (99) during the fourth quarter Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia wide receiver Ronald Carswell (12) hauls in a long pass from quarterback Clint Trickett (9) in the third quarter Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia wide receiver Ronald Carswell (12) hauls in a long pass from quarterback Clint Trickett (9) in the third quarter Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia linebacker Isaiah Bruce (31) celebrates a second-quarter fumble recovery against Oklahoma State on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia linebacker Isaiah Bruce (31) celebrates a second-quarter fumble recovery against Oklahoma State on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia cornerback Ishmael Banks (34) returns an interception of Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh (4) 58-yards for a first-quarter touchdown Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia cornerback Ishmael Banks (34) returns an interception of Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh (4) 58-yards for a first-quarter touchdown Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Oklahoma State cornerback Tyler Patmon (26) intercepts a pass intended for West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White (11) in the second quarter Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Oklahoma State cornerback Tyler Patmon (26) intercepts a pass intended for West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White (11) in the second quarter Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Oklahoma State wide receiver Tracy Moore (87) eludes West Virginia defenders Daryl Worley (7) and Darwin Cook (25) to score on a 27-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Oklahoma State wide receiver Tracy Moore (87) eludes West Virginia defenders Daryl Worley (7) and Darwin Cook (25) to score on a 27-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Oklahoma State cornerback Kevin Peterson (1) breaks up a pass intended for West Virginia wide receiver Ivan McCartney (85) in the second quarter Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Oklahoma State cornerback Kevin Peterson (1) breaks up a pass intended for West Virginia wide receiver Ivan McCartney (85) in the second quarter Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Oklahoma State wide receiver Josh Stewart (5) eludes West Virginia cornerback Ishmael Banks (34) to score on a 73-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Oklahoma State wide receiver Josh Stewart (5) eludes West Virginia cornerback Ishmael Banks (34) to score on a 73-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia defenders Will Clarke (98), Marvin Gross and Eric Kinsey (45) gang-tackle Oklahoma State running back Jeremy Smith (31) on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia defenders Will Clarke (98), Marvin Gross and Eric Kinsey (45) gang-tackle Oklahoma State running back Jeremy Smith (31) on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett passes over Oklahoma State linebacker Caleb Lavey (45) during the first quarter Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett passes over Oklahoma State linebacker Caleb Lavey (45) during the first quarter Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett (9) scrambles for yardage as Oklahoma State defenders Lyndell Johnson (27), Sam Wren (89) and Shaun Lewis (11) give pursuit during the second quarter Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett (9) scrambles for yardage as Oklahoma State defenders Lyndell Johnson (27), Sam Wren (89) and Shaun Lewis (11) give pursuit during the second quarter Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia running back Charles Sims breaks a tackle attempt by Oklahoma State defensive tackle James Castleman near the goal line during the second quarter Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia running back Charles Sims breaks a tackle attempt by Oklahoma State defensive tackle James Castleman near the goal line during the second quarter Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia wide receiver Jordan Thompson (10) gains yardage after a catch against Oklahoma State during the fourth quarter Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia wide receiver Jordan Thompson (10) gains yardage after a catch against Oklahoma State during the fourth quarter Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia running back Charles Sims (3) turns the corner on Oklahoma State safety Shamiel Gary (7) during the fourth quarter Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia running back Charles Sims (3) turns the corner on Oklahoma State safety Shamiel Gary (7) during the fourth quarter Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia kicker Josh Lambert (86) and holder Michael Molinari (48) celebrate a 34-yard field goal in the fourth quarter against Oklahoma State on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia kicker Josh Lambert (86) and holder Michael Molinari (48) celebrate a 34-yard field goal in the fourth quarter against Oklahoma State on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia receiver Kevin White (right) catches a 17-yard touchdown pass as Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert defends Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia  receiver Kevin White (right) catches a 17-yard touchdown pass as Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert defends Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia safety Karl Joseph (8) breaks up a fourth-quarter pass in the end zone intended for Oklahoma State wide receiver Josh Stewart (5) on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia safety Karl Joseph (8) breaks up a fourth-quarter pass in the end zone intended for Oklahoma State wide receiver Josh Stewart (5) on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia defensive lineman Will Clarke (98) beats Oklahoma State offensive linesman Parker Graham to knock down a pass attempt by Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia defensive lineman Will Clarke (98) beats Oklahoma State offensive linesman Parker Graham to knock down a pass attempt by Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - West Virginia defensive lineman Will Clarke (98) celebrates a fourth-quarter failed field goal by Oklahoma State kicker Ben Grogan (19) on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Virginia defensive lineman Will Clarke (98) celebrates a fourth-quarter failed field goal by Oklahoma State kicker Ben Grogan (19) on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.

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By Bob Hertzel
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, 4:24 p.m.
 

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Artistically, Clint Trickett's debut as West Virginia's starting quarterback will be looked upon more as a Picasso than a Rembrandt.

A masterpiece?

No way.

But it certainly was a one-of-a-kind effort that pleased WVU fans everywhere, especially those who have been clamoring for coach Dana Holgorsen to start Trickett ever since he transferred home from Florida State.

After quarterback Ford Childress was hurt in a 37-0 loss to Maryland, and with No. 11 Oklahoma State coming to town, it was play Trickett, ready or not.

The result was one of WVU's more memorable upsets, 30-21, over the nearly three-touchdown favored Cowboys (3-1, 0-1 Big 12).

“It was a tough week,” Holgorsen said. “The whole week was challenging. I am really proud of our team, though. The coaches and the players stayed the course.”

Trickett was not Geno Smith and, he would admit, “I ain't Pat White, that's for sure.”

But he was good enough to complete 24 of 50 passes for 309 yards and a touchdown. Much of the game was played with an aching shoulder.

“That's part of the game,” he said. “You play through it.”

Trickett gutted it out, hustled, evaded the pass rush and hit passes when he had to.

The son of a former WVU assistant who grew up in Morgantown, Trickett got to stand on the field following the upset, his childhood friend Tyler Anderson, a WVU linebacker next to him, singing “Country Roads” with his teammates and the crowd.

“That was pretty cool,” Trickett said.

And it happened because Trickett did what he does best — improvise.

“Clint did a great job of keeping plays alive,” Holgorsen said. “I had sense he could do it. He's been getting better and better and better.”

It was cornerback Ishmael Banks who actually got West Virginia (3-2, 1-1) rolling.

WVU trailed 7-0 in the first quarter after Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh hit Josh Stewart on 73-yard touchdown pass. But less than two minutes later, Banks intercepted Walsh and ran it back 58 yards for the tying score.

“This gave us some pep in our step and some swagger,” Banks said.

After that Trickett took over, helped by a great catch from Kevin White for his first collegiate touchdown to give WVU a 14-7 lead, followed by the first of three Josh Lambert field goals to make it 17-7.

Walsh hit Tracy Moore with a 27-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 17-14 but Charles Sims blasted in from the 1 to stake the Mountaineers a 24-14 halftime lead.

Walsh's 30-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Seaton narrowed it to 24-21 in the third quarter, but WVU got a break when Ben Grogan's 23-yard attempt at a tying field goal hit the upright with 9:47 to play.

Lambert put the game away with a pair of fourth-quarter field goals.

“I want to compliment our fans,” Holgorsen said. “There was a lot of talk about people giving up on this team, that we were going to get blown out. I did not sense that out on Mountaineer Field.”

Bob Hertzel is a freelance writer.

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