Brown, a graduate transfer from Hawaii, takes over the starting job after redshirt freshman Spencer Sanders was ruled out for the regular season after having surgery on his right thumb. Sanders injured his thumb last week in OSU’s 31-13 win over Kansas. Sanders hasn’t been ruled out for the postseason, but for now it’s Brown’s job. Brown is 13-for-18 for 223 yards with three touchdowns for OSU (7-3, 4-3 Big 12) this season. With Hawaii, Brown threw for 5,273 yards, 37 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 25 games (22 starts).
While Brown has shown he’s a capable quarterback at Hawaii, the Cowboys will likely lean on Chuba Hubbard to run all over the field against the Mountaineers (4-6, 2-5). Hubbard leads the nation in rushing, with 1,726 yards and 172.6 yards per game in 10 games. He rushed for 134 yards against WVU last yards, and has four 200-plus yard games this season.
Led by sophomore safety Kolby Harvell-Peel, OSU’s defense has become a turnover machine during its three-game winning streak with 10 turnovers. Harvell-Peel has four interceptions and a fumble recovery in his last two games.
WVU enters Saturday following a 24-20 upset at Kansas State that snapped a five-game losing streak.
Mountaineers quarterback Jarret Doege threw for 234 yards and three touchdowns in place of Austin Kendall, and Hakeem Bailey clinched the win with an interception in the closing seconds. The week before WVU nearly pulled off an upset in a 17-14 loss at then-No. 12 Baylor on Halloween.
Hubbard should have a strong game against the Mountaineers, who are tied for 74th in rushing defense with 167.1 yards per game. WVU ranks 86th in total defense with 421 yards per contest.
WVU must win against the Cowboys and at TCU on Nov. 29 to become bowl eligible in Neal Brown’s first year at the helm in Morgantown. Brown won three straight bowl games at Troy before taking the WVU job.
OSU has won four straight in the series against WVU and holds a 6-4 record all-time against the Mountaineers.
Recent series history
2018: OSU 45-41 in Stillwater
2017: OSU 50-39 in Morgantown
2016: OSU 37-20 in Stillwater
2015: OSU 33-26 in Morgantown
2014: WVU 24-10 in Stillwater
How to watch
What: No. 21 Oklahoma State at West Virginia
When: 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: Milan Puskar Stadium; Morgantown, Wva.