NORMAN, Okla. - It was almost like Saturday was cleaved in half for West Virginia's football program.
There were two distinct parts to the day.
Let's go in reverse order.
At night, the Mountaineers opened the Big 12 season in a nail-biting, bizarre and, I'm sure for WVU fans, frustrating fashion against the Oklahoma Sooners before a crowd of 84,692.
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen stuck with starting quarterback Paul Millard. And he stuck with starting quarterback Paul Millard. And he stuck with starting quarterback Paul Millard.
He was not rewarded. In a game that screamed for a spark, the Mountaineer coach kept striking the same wet match. Florida State transfer Clint Trickett never saw the field.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, meanwhile, went to a different quarterback - even though his team had a lead. Blake Bell provided that necessary spark and the host Sooners won by 16-7.
WVU's much-maligned defense from last season fared well, even though it allowed 435 yards. The effort came against the nation's No. 16 team holding a huge home advantage on a sweltering day.
It simply didn't get much help from the Mountaineer offense. It didn't get help from the special teams.
WVU's defense finally tired. It allowed breakaway runs toward the end. But give new defensive coordinator Keith Patterson kudos. His men made blindside hits, stripped balls from Sooners and made interceptions.
Reserve kudos, though, from Holgorsen. He didn't reach into his bag of Trick and try to provide that spark. His game management was awful, as he burned timeouts apparently arguing for replays that never went his way. At game's end, WVU was going for a first down on fourth-and-2 - when the Mountaineer offense was called for a delay of game. On fourth-and-7, a ball sailed away from Cody Clay.
Even at the game's very end, handed an untimed play, Holgorsen called a run up the middle.
Holgorsen, though, didn't have the horrid day of his associate head coach. Not by a long shot.
Which is where we hit the first part of Saturday.
As mentioned, it was sweltering at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. In fact, it was 95 degrees in town at kickoff, and hotter on the field.
No one, however, was feeling the heat like Joe DeForest. He stood on the 22-yard line before the game. And, little did he know, but he was the focus of almost all in the press box and anyone in the stands with Twitter accounts.