Jeff Hostetler passed for four touchdowns and 321 yards to lead west Virginia to a season-opening 41-27 upset of ninth-ranked Oklahoma yes terday in Norman, Okla.
The loss was Coach Barry Switzer's first in an opener in 10 seasons at Oklahoma.
"We did one thing I never thought would happen," Switzer said. "I never would have believed we could play a whole game without fumbling and lose."
Hostetler completed 17 of 37 passes, including scoring passes of 10 yards to Mark Raugh, 33 yards to Darrell Miller, 30 yards to Curlin Beck and 9 yards to Wayne Brown.
"I just threw 'em up and the good Lord collected 'em," said Hostetler, a transfer from Penn State.
Said his coach, Don Nehlen, "For a guy who had never taken a snap for West Virginia University and then to come out and do what he did today -- well, I just don't have the right words to describe it. Jeff just has to go down in history."
Oklahoma drove 80 yards in less than three minutes to score on its first possession, then went ahead, 14-0, on Kelly Phelps' six-yard run before the first quarter ended.
But Hostetler brought the Mountaineers back with several completions, and West Virginia scored 20 points in just over six minutes to take a 20-14 lead at the half.