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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Ignoring an injury to his throwing shoulder that sent him to the locker room in the second half, first-time starter Clint Trickett threw a touchdown pass, Ishmael Banks returned an interception for a touchdown and the Mountaineers shocked No. 11 Oklahoma State 30-21 on Saturday.
Trickett winced as he led the Mountaineers down the field late in the fourth quarter on a scoring drive capped by Josh Lambert's third field goal of the game with 1:28 left.
West Virginia (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) rebounded from its first shutout loss in 11 years to outlast the mistake-prone Cowboys.
Trickett became West Virginia's third starting quarterback this season after Ford Childress was injured last week. Trickett finished 24-for-50 for 309 yards and two interceptions.
But after taking a 24-14 halftime lead, West Virginia was held out of the end zone in the second half and relied on its defense to slow down J.W. Walsh. West Virginia took the lead on Trickett's TD pass to Kevin White with 1:26 left in the first quarter and never trailed again.
Walsh threw three touchdown passes but was intercepted twice.
Oklahoma State outgained the Mountaineers by nearly 50 yards, though the teams were nearly identical through the air, with Walsh going 20-47 with the two interceptions for 322 yards.
But the Cowboys (3-1, 0-1) were penalized 10 times for 96 yards and had four turnovers, more than in their first three games combined. The loss severely damaged the postseason hopes of a team that has been eyeing a Bowl Championship Series berth and will start Oklahoma State in a hole in the Big 12 title chase.
Contributing: Associated Press