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West Virginia's playoff hopes dashed in loss to Oklahoma State

| Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, 8:33 p.m.
Oklahoma State wide receiver Tyron Johnson, right, catches a touchdown pass while under pressure from West Virginia cornerback Josh Norwood during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Oklahoma State upset West Virginia 45-41.(AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)
Oklahoma State wide receiver Tyron Johnson, right, catches a touchdown pass while under pressure from West Virginia cornerback Josh Norwood during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Oklahoma State upset West Virginia 45-41.(AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)

STILLWATER, Okla. — Taylor Cornelius threw a touchdown pass to Tylan Wallace with 42 seconds remaining to rally Oklahoma State past No. 7 West Virginia, 45-41, on Saturday.

Will Grier led West Virginia (8-2, 6-2, No. 9 CFP) to the Oklahoma State 14 but couldn’t connect with David Sills V on the final play. The loss all but ended West Virginia’s shot at the College Football Playoff.

West Virginia faces Oklahoma next Friday and still has a shot at reaching the Big 12 title game.

Cornelius passed for 338 yards and ran for 106 to help Oklahoma State (6-5, 3-5) become bowl eligible. Down 31-14 at the half, the Cowboys won despite leading rusher Justice Hill sitting out with a rib injury.

“Our coaches made tremendous adjustments at halftime,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

Chuba Hubbard rushed for a career-high 134 yards for Oklahoma State, and Dillon Stoner caught nine passes for a career-best 127 yards.

Grier passed 364 yards and two touchdowns for the Mountaineers. Kennedy McKoy rushed for a career-high 148 yards for the Mountaineers.

Grier’s 6-yard touchdown run on fourth down in the fourth quarter gave West Virginia a 41-31 lead, but Cornelius’ 16-yard touchdown run and a stop by Oklahoma State’s defense put the Cowboys in position to win.

Cornelius, a redshirt senior, took it from there and closed out his home career with a huge win. It’s the first time Oklahoma State has beaten Top 10 teams in back-to-back home games. In between, the Cowboys lost a 48-47 heartbreaker at Oklahoma.

“He is a good player,” West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said of Cornelius. “He has gotten better every week. He has been there for a while.”

Oklahoma State has Top 25 wins over Boise State, Texas and West Virginia this season.

“They have been in a lot of these games, and you can tell they had a little bit better mindset down the stretch than we did,” Holgorsen said. “It’s disappointing that we had a chance to close them out and we didn’t.”

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