Spencer Sanders throws 2 TDs passes, No. 11 Oklahoma State tops WVU

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — No. 11 Oklahoma State’s solid defense has become even more dominant of late.

The Cowboys have held consecutive opponents out of the end zone after piling up eight sacks and beating West Virginia 24-3 on Saturday.

Oklahoma State (8-1, 5-1 Big 12, No. 11 CFP) pushed around West Virginia’s offensive line all game. Linebacker Devin Harper and defensive end Brock Martin had two sacks apiece and linebacker Malcomb Rodriguez made nine tackles to increase his conference-leading total to 87.

The eight sacks were the most for Oklahoma State in a game since 2004.

“We knew we were going to have to play physical,” Harper said. “The whole week we talked about being physical and making plays and doing our job.”

West Virginia (4-5, 2-4), which compiled 492 total yards in a win over Iowa State last week, was limited to 133 total yards Saturday, including 17 yards on the ground against the Big 12’s top rushing defense.

“That was a pretty impressive defensive performance by our guys,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “I’m kind of shocked, to be honest with you, that we could play that well defensively against them on the road as well as they’ve played offensively the last two weeks. Defensively, we just dominated the game. I don’t know what else to say.”

Oklahoma State limited Kansas to 143 yards in a 55-3 win a week ago. It’s the first time the Cowboys have held back-to-back opponents without touchdowns since the final game of the 1974 season and the 1975 opener.

Brock Martin said being dominant on defense is “our goal and that’s what we strive for. And I think we show up and show out every week.”

Spencer Sanders did enough to move Oklahoma State’s offense, throwing two touchdown passes to Tay Martin in the right corner of the end zone in single coverage.

A roughing-the-passer call against West Virginia’s Jared Bartlett on third down gave the Cowboys first-and-goal at the 6 in the second quarter. Sanders found the 6-foot-3 Martin in the end zone on the next play.

West Virginia’s Graeson Malashevich couldn’t corral a third-quarter punt and Oklahoma State’s Korie Black recovered at the Mountaineers’ 26. Four players later Sanders and Tay Martin connected for a 12-yard TD for a 17-3 lead.

Sanders finished 21 of 31 for 182 yards. He threw one interception.

Jaylen Warren closed out the scoring with a 13-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

West Virginia moved to the Oklahoma State 13 on its opening drive and settled for a field goal. The Mountaineers often were pinned deep at their end of the field and didn’t advance into Oklahoma State territory until their final drive of the game.

West Virginia’s Jarret Doege had little time to get rid of the ball in a collapsing pocket. Doege, who threw for a season-high 370 yards and three scores against Iowa State, went 15 of 22 for 109 yards with one interception Saturday.

“The beat us soundly today,” West Virginia coach Neal Brown said. “Offensively, they just consumed us. Too many negative plays. They won it at the line of scrimmage. That was clear.”

Oklahoma State has won seven straight over the Mountaineers.


Oklahoma State: The trek toward a potential berth in the Big 12 championship game continues for the Cowboys, who took over sole possession of second place after No. 14 Baylor lost at TCU. Oklahoma State has allowed league lows of 16 total touchdowns and 16 points per game.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers’ couldn’t take advantage of the loud home atmosphere on a day where the No. 9 jersey of College Hall of Fame quarterback Major Harris was retired. West Virginia saw a two-game winning streak stopped and will need two more wins over the final three games to become bowl eligible.


Oklahoma State could move into the top 10 of the AP poll for the second time this season.


Oklahoma State safety Trey Rucker was ejected for targeting on a hit on West Virginia quarterback Garrett Greene late in the fourth quarter.


Oklahoma State: Hosts TCU next Saturday.

West Virginia: At Kansas State next Saturday.

Clemson gives raises, contract extensions to staff


CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson’s board of trustees approved raises for special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach Mike Reed and defensive tackles coach Nick Eason.

Reed and Eason also received one-year extensions keeping them tied to the Tigers through Jan. 31, 2026.

Reed, who’s been with the Tigers since 2013, had his yearly salary increased $50,000 to $800,000. Eason, the former Clemson standout defensive lineman, joined the staff this past season. He also had his compensation upped by $50,000 to $800,000.

Seven other assistants were given one-year extensions by the trustees’ compensation committee, but without a raise in salary.

Co-defensive coordinators Wes Goodwin and Mickey Conn had their contracts extended through Jan. 31, 2026.

Defensive ends coach Lemanski Hall, tight ends coach Kyle Richardson, offensive line coach Thomas Austin, running backs coach C.J. Spiller and wide receivers coach Tyler Grisham all got one-year extensions through Jan. 31, 2025.

New offensive coordinator Garrett Riley last month received a three-year contract at $1.75 million per season.

Clemson will pay its 10 on-field assistants $7.475 million this season, an increase of $925,000 from the total for 2022.

The Tigers went 11-3 last season, winning the Atlantic Coast Conference title for the seventh time in the past eight seasons.

South Carolina’s Beamer suspends three freshmen from program

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Shane Beamer said freshmen Monteque Rhames II, Anthony Rose and Cameron Upshaw were suspended from the football program.

There was no reason given for the suspensions in the school’s statement Friday. Online records showed Rhames, 18, was booked last night and was being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on charges of carrying weapons on school property and obstructing justice.

“Our student-athletes know what is expected of them,” Beamer said. “They know that both the university and the football program will hold them accountable for their actions and decisions.”

None of the three have played for the Gamecocks.

Rose is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back from Miami who enrolled in January 2022 and redshirted this season. Rhames and Upshaw were part of South Carolina’s latest recruiting class and enrolled last month.

Rhames is a 6-5, 235-pound defensive lineman from Sumter and Upshaw is a 6-2, 193-pound safety from Perry, Florida.