MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - WVU defensive coordinator Keith Patterson tried to remain calm and professional after his team's 30-21 victory over No. 11 Oklahoma State.
The emotion, though, came through.
"It just shows the character of our players," Patterson said. "I couldn't be more proud to be their coach."
Most notable was WVU's front, which helped to hold the Cowboys to 111 rushing yards on 40 carries. There were quarterback hurries (three), tackles for loss (nine) and a sack. It led to 10 breakups of OSU quarterback J.W. Walsh's passes.
"Getting pressure was the whole game plan," said Patterson, "to impact the quarterback and put doubt in his mind. He's tough. We bounced off him several times with a chance to sack him - I don't know how many times we missed him - but I was pleased with the pressure we got on him."
The front, especially, seems to be getting better.
"It's a tribute to our kids and the effort," said WVU defensive line coach Erik Slaughter. "We wanted it more than they did. That was the bottom line. We played hard."
"I'm proud of Coach Patterson and the defensive staff," said Mountaineer coach Dana Holgorsen.
Along the front, Slaughter rotated linemen Will Clarke, Noble Nwachukwu, Shaq Rowell, Kyle Rose, Dontrill Hyman and Eric Kinsey. At Buck, Brandon Golson and Marvin Gross played well.
"We played three down - a total of six - and the two Bucks," Slaughter said. "You have to rotate the way [Oklahoma State plays].