Over for a while already, now it's official
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Sooner fans will be wondering why it has to end like this year after year after. But the feel-good story of Wednesday night's Fiesta Bowl game has to be interim coach Bill Stewart.
Stewart may well be looking for a job very soon. West Virginia media confirm he would dearly love to become the permanent successor to Rich Rodriguez, yet may only receive a cursory interview at best. But that goes down in Morgantown, Stewart will forever be in a position to make the claim his program was the only one this bowl season led by an interim staff to claim victory.
In his time in the desert, Stewart has maintained the appearance of a coach who, even as his future lies in doubt, was committed to making the absolute most of the situation given him. One got the idea nobody was having more fun than him. That had to translate to his team, which played with an abandon that may have led to a few penalties, yet more importantly led to 525 yards of total offense and a no-doubt 48-28 Fiesta Bowl victory.
Pat White ran for 150 yards on just 20 carries and threw for 176 more, including two touchdowns. The Mountaineers averaged more than 9 yards per snap.
Meanwhile, the Sooners received a strong second half from Sam Bradford and their offense but little else.
West Virginia deserved to win.
Oklahoma clearly deserved to lose.