When we last revisited the 2012 Oklahoma-West Virginia game, we looked at the stressors that the diabolical Dana Holgorsen applied to the Sooner D.
The Austin Pistol formation forced OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops to make some difficult choices regarding personnel in this game. Mike – infamously – decided to go with a bizarre grouping of four down linemen and seven defensive backs the majority of the time (34 of 39 plays).
The Sooners stuck with a Cover-2 Man Under concept. A defensive back was matched up with every designated receiver, while safeties Javon Harris and Tony Jefferson were tasked with supporting the run and helping in pass coverage over the middle of the field.
WVU rolled up 475 total yards in the 39 plays run out of the Austin Pistol for the game, an average of 12.2 yards per play.
Clearly, this didn't work well. Let's discuss why:
1. West Virginia's offensive line manhandled OU's front four.
Out of more than 80 offensi...