#21 Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-3) vs West Virginia Mountaineers (4-6)
Coach: Mike Gundy
Oklahoma State Players to watch
**Sophomore RB Chuba Hubbard (6-1/207)
The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Hubbard’s NFL stock continues to rise, even though he’s only a redshirt sophomore. Chuba Hubbard is well on his way to one of the best seasons by a running back at Oklahoma State. He’s 284 yards away from overtaking the No. 2 spot (1976 Terry Miller, 1,887 yds) on the single-season rushing list behind Barry Sanders’ 1988 season for the ages (1988 B. Sanders, 2,850 yds).
With three games remaining on the schedule, Hubbard is on pace to finish with 2,244 rushing yards, which would rank sixth in FBS history and set a Big 12 Conference record.
“It’s been well-stated that he puts a lot of time in,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said of his running back. “He developed himself in the strength and conditioning room with (strength coach Rob) Glass in the first year when he was redshirting, big-time. So he stays over there, catches balls, works on a few other things. It’s just the way it is. Guys that put their time in like that, they’re the ones that end up being successful.”
*Junior MLB Amen Ogbongbemiga (6-0/228)
Obongbemiga was special teams standout who took a significant steps toward establishing himself as a prominent player during his sophomore season. Played in all 13 games, logging 12 tackles, 1.5 sacks, three tackles for loss and a fumble recovery.
The junior middle linebacker said of the team’s recent success, “Everyone is doing their job. Our guys are flying around. Kolby Harvell-Peel is making a lot of plays. Our defensive line is getting pressure and our back end is starting to hold up. I knew they would all season but it’s coming to light now and we’re winning games.”
**Sophomore S Kolby Harvell-Peel (6-0/210)
Oklahoma State safety Kolby Harvell-Peel earned his third overall and second consecutive Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week recognition on Monday following OSU’s 31-13 win over Kansas (Nov 16). The sophomore recorded two interceptions in the game and now ranks No. 3 in the FBS in passes defended this season (8). He was also credited with a pass break up and three tackles against KU.
Harvell-Peel is responsible for five turnovers in the past two games. He has been credited with seven turnovers this season, including five interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He has also forced two fumbles and is third on the team with 60 total tackles on the year.
Senior PK Matt Ammendola (5-9/195)
Ammendola is one of nine players in college football who has made more than 10 field goals while connecting at a 90% rate or better, as he is 14-for-15 on field goal attempts this season. Going back to last season, he has made 17 of his past 18 field goal attempts. He is is one of 20 national semifinalists for the 2019 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award,
*Junior WR Tylan Wallace (6-0/185)
Oklahoma State star receiver Tylan Wallace is out for the year after suffering a torn ACL prior to the Nov 2 game vs TCU. Up to that point, Wallace led the Big 12 with 903 receiving yards and eight touchdown catches on the season; and he was second in the nation in catches of 20 or more yards with 15 and is averaging 25.17 yards per reception on third down.
Wallace emerged as a star last season for coach Mike Gundy’s Cowboys, catching 86 passes for 1,491 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was also named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award given to the nation’s top receiver. He is eligible for the 2020 NFL Draft, and will likely be a high draft pick should he declare.
Coach: Neal Brown
West Virginia Players to watch:
*Junior NG Darius Stills (6-3/292)
Darius and Dante Stills, Fairmont Senior High products are the sons of former Mountaineer pass-rushing standout Gary Stills and Janeen Floyd.
In Week 10, Darius, the Mountaineer junior, had an exceptional game against Baylor. Stills racked up a nearly unheard of 10 tackles from his interior nose guard spot. Included in that total were three sacks. Not included were at least a half-dozen other penetrations that disrupted Baylor offensive efforts.
Through eight games, Darius ranks fifth on Vic Koenning’s defense with 32 tackles to complement his team-best seven sacks and 12 tackles for losses. Dante is one sack behind his older brother and ranks second on the team with 8 ½ tackles for losses.
**Sophomore DT Dante Stills (6-4/285)
Baylor’s Matt Rhule had to say about the Stills brothers when he was asked about his offensive line giving up eight sacks. “I want to make sure I say this … 56 (Darius) is one of the best players we’ve played against,” he said. “I said that coming in. I told you people, ‘Hey, this kid 56, he’s everything that I thought he was going to be, and 55 (Dante) his brother … lights out.”
“He’s improving,” HC Neal Brown said. “Everyone wants to snap their fingers and be an NFL player. I think he is developing and I am highly encouraged by his demeanor, his work ethic. He has matured as a person.
“He won his share and he lost his share. The better he gets — and a lot of that has to do with his physical development and getting to understand things better — the longer he is here, the more he is going to win against the top level guys in our conference.”
Senior CB Keith Washington (6-1/180)
Michigan transfer Keith Washington was a special teams stud, making plays left and right. However, Washington transferred to Morgantown, because he wanted to see action as a starting corner. It took a while for his chance to come, but when it did, Washington grabbed it and hasn’t looked back. Since mid-season, last year, Washington has been the Mountaineer’s starting corner. And now, he UWV’s most consistent player in the secondary. The senior from Alabama is leading his team with three interceptions while also being credited with eight pass defenses and 14 tackles.
“The biggest concern I had with Keith when he came in is that he was maybe too light and couldn’t play as physical as we wanted him to,” said DC Tony Gibson. “He’s proven me wrong on that.”
Senior WR George Campbell (6-4/183)
West Virginia hasn’t got a whole lot going on, offensively speaking. The one bright spot this year has been Florida State transfer, Georgia Campbell. Campbell is averaging 26.9 yards per catch, and he’s scored six touchdowns so far. The amazing thing is he’s caught 14 passes this year.
HC Neal Brown has this to say of his receiver, “George has made as much improvement at the receiver position from July until now of anybody I’ve ever coached.”
“That kid’s dealt with a lot of injuries in his career, and that’s really the first time he’s had a full offseason and season to continually get reps and get better,” said co-offensive coordinator Matt Moore. “He can really run, and he’s a big guy, and that’s hard to cover when you get that guy downfield.”
Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium – FieldTurf
Nov. 23 | Morgantown, WV
*Note: Rankings are based on the CFP (College Football Playoff Rankings).