By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer
Clint Trickett waited patiently while two others got the call this season as the starting quarterback at West Virginia. When his time finally came, he came through.
The transfer from Florida State threw a touchdown pass in his first start at West Vir-ginia and engineered two late scoring drives, leading the Mountaineers to a 30-21 win over No. 11 Oklahoma State on Saturday.
For all the mistakes West Virginia made in a 37-0 loss at Maryland last week, the Mountaineers (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) seemed to get most of the breaks Saturday.
“There has been a bunch of emotions over the past week, embarrassment and disappointment,” West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. “But they kept working. It was the best week of practice that we have had all year. We felt like we could win, so we went out there and wanted it pretty bad.”
Trickett was named West Virginia’s third starting quarterback after Ford Childress was injured last week. Trickett finished 24 of 50 for 309 yards in his first start since subbing for EJ Manuel for the Seminoles in October 2011.
“When you’re the starter, and you know you’ve got everyone behind you and they’re confident in you, that’s so big for me,” Trickett said.
Trickett said it was tough being passed over as the starter in West Virginia’s first four games. He played two series in a backup role and couldn’t move the offense in the season opener against William & Mary. He didn’t play again until Saturday.
West Virginia had poor field position for much of the second half and needed a spark to keep its lead. It didn’t look good when Trickett left the field for one play after taking a hit to his throwing shoulder early in the fourth quarter, but he returned on the next series.
Trickett eventually threw a pair of 17-yard passes to Ronald Carswell and Jordan Thompson to set up Josh Lambert’s 27-yard field goal with 3:55 left.
An interception by the Mountaineers’ Darwin Cook, and a personal foul penalty on Cowboys cornerback Justin Gilbert, set up Josh Lambert’s 34-yard field goal to end the scoring.
“It kind of snowballed on us late,” said Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy.