The two biggest plays of the day for the WVU football team against Oklahoma State came from freshmen.
One true freshman and one redshirt freshman helped the Mountaineers turn the tide against Oklahoma State. First, Osman Kamara blocked a punt in the end zone, which WVU recovered for a touchdown.
That play allowed the Mountaineers to trail the Cowboys by 13 points in the third quarter. On the Cowboys’ next possession, Kenny Robinson picked off a pass and took it 39 yards to the house. Then, it was just a six-point game. Momentum was solely on the side of the Mountaineers.
Then, the Oklahoma State offense proved it is among the best in the country and won the game, 50-39. Still, if the Mountaineers can look into any positives from the crushing defeat, it could be that their youngest players made the biggest plays.
Kamara may play his way onto the starting lineup in a few years. But the listed safety from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania still has a ways to go. By playing his heart out on special teams, he definitely has caught the eyes of the coaching staff and could be playing more sooner rather than later.
Robinson was a highly recruited player out of Pittsburgh who has already shown the coaching staff what he’s made of. By playing as a true freshman, he may have cemented his position in the secondary moving forward.
The WVU defense has been a bit of a patchwork this season with players rotating in and out after almost every play. Due to injuries and underperforming, more and more players are seeing time in the WVU secondary. Robinson has benefitted from this and is taking advantage of those ahead of him on the depth chart regressing a bit.
Robinson did it all at Imani Christian School in the Pittsburgh-area, playing offense and defense. He was a standout prep quarterback, so retaining those skills as a collegiate cornerback paid off with his huge interception.
If only the Mountaineers could have retained that energy for the rest of the game, they would have beat the Cowboys.