Oklahoma vs. West Virginia: Landry Jones Proves WVU's D Doesn't Belong in Big 12

Marcelo Villa@@_marcelovillaCorrespondent IINovember 18, 2012

November 17, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Landry Jones (12) looks to pass against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the third quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium. The Oklahoma Sooners won 50-49.  Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

As they've failed to do all season, the West Virginia Mountaineers played no defense against Oklahoma, giving up a 50-49 victory at home to the Sooners.

With their fifth loss to a Big 12 opponent, West Virginia has proved that their defense has no place in a conference that has no trouble putting points on the board. 

Currently, seven of the Big 12's teams rank in the top 25 for points per game, including West Virginia, which averages 40 points a game. That being said, it seems pretty obvious that Big 12 teams need to play some defense from time to time.

Apparently, the Mountaineers didn't get that memo as they've managed to allow an average of 41.4 points a game this season.

The point totals that this defense has allowed over the course of this season have been astonishing, including a blowout win over Baylor in late September in which the Mountaineers allowed the Bears to score 63 points off 700 yards of total offense.

What was the final score of that game you ask? 70-63.

No, that's no typo. And, no, this isn't the score of a basketball game between Baylor and West Virginia.

The week before that, Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf threw for 292 yards and four TDs to lead the Cowboys over West Virginia, 55-34.

Against Kansas State, West Virgininia's defense allowed Heisman front-runner Collin Klein to throw for 323 yards and three TDs in a 55-14 victory.

Texas Tech QB Seth Doege joined in on the party with 499 yards and six TDs of his own against the Mountaineers for a 49-14 victory.

The term "shootout" has taken on a new meaning in the Big 12, especially for a West Virginia team that so heavily relies on its offense to win football games. But the Mountaineers are beginning to realize that you can't score on every possession, especially against teams that play defense.

Looking at West Virginia's five-game losing streak, you'll notice that each of the teams they've lost to actually play defense. In fact, the average points allowed by those teams is no more than 30 per game.

Oklahoma went into Saturday's game allowing an average of 19.6 points per game, and while they did allow 49 against West Virginia, they still came out on top. Landry Jones threw for over 550 yards and six TDs in the win over the Mountaineers. He averaged just under 11 yards a pass. 

When you're potentially giving up a first down on every passing attempt against a Big 12 opponent, you're going to lose a lot of football games.

The loss to Oklahoma and the previous four losses before that game just go to show that West Virginia is in dire need of a defensive makeover.