Though it might seem like a trick play given the way college offenses have evolved in this era, what Oklahoma State and West Virginia will do Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium is very much their definition of normal.
In today’s college football with quick releases, short throws and high-percentage plays that keep the ball moving forward, with coordinators who create space for athletes who are hard to tackle after catching easy passes, few other teams gamble or rely as much on the deep pass.
“There’s been a little more of a focus on throwing to inside receivers and the short game and stuff like that to where not a lot of people are out there throwing it over the top,” Mountaineers offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said, “but it’s something we do a lot.”
The 3:30 p.m. game on ESPN will feature the Big 12’s most prolific and most persistent deep play quarterbacks. WVU’s Clint Trickett leads the Big 12 with 8.74 yards per attempt and 28 pass plays covering at least 25 yards. Oklahoma State’s Daxx Garman is second in the Big 12 with 14.64 yards per completion and ranks third with 19 25-yard passes.