Every now and then, all you need is seven seconds to tell the story of a 60-minute football game.
No. 9 Oklahoma shook off a first half sheet of snow, avoided the mistakes that plagued Dana Holgorsen's No. 14 West Virginia team and rode a 27-point halftime lead to a 56-28 win.
West Virginia averaged more than nine yards per play in the first half, but it turned the ball over twice inside its own five-yard line and lost the turnover battle 4-1 in the blowout loss. That included an 80-yard return by Sooners linebacker Jordan Evans for a touchdown on a fourth-down interception early in the third quarter to put the Sooners up 41-7. It also included a muffed punt after Oklahoma's first drive that set up the Sooners' first score. The Mountaineers ultimately wasted 331 rushing yards from Justin Crawford, too.
West Virginia entered the game at 8-1 but behind six two-loss teams and one three-loss team in the College Football Playoff rankings. That was because it had zero wins over top-25 teams through its first nine games. Through 10, that number is still zero.
Oklahoma, however, notched its first top-25 win and continued its run to the doorstep of the playoff. Saturday's win -- its best of the season -- was Oklahoma's eighth consecutive after starting 1-2 with double-digit losses to Houston and Ohio State.
The Sooners held up their end of what was supposed to be a shootout and avoided the mistakes that kept West Virginia from keeping up. Both Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon crossed the 100-yard rushing threshold by halftime and finished with a total of 307 yards and three TDs on 55 carries. Neither back had a run longer than 21 yards, but they ground up West Virginia's defense to control the clock and keep possession for nearly two-thirds of the game.
Baker Mayfield threw only 15 passes, but two of them went for touchdowns, and he added two more on the ground with just one interception to put Oklahoma in prime position for its second consecutive Big 12 title.
Oklahoma's road to a second consecutive trip to the playoff, though, is still uphill. Last week's chaos allowed the Sooners to jump two spots into the top 10, but only one of the eight teams ahead of them in the rankings (Louisville) lost this week. Five teams with one or fewer losses still rank ahead of the two-loss Sooners, but they'll get one final chance to impress the committee when Oklahoma State arrives in Norman in two weeks, with the conference championship on the line.
Last year's Bedlam rout of Oklahoma State allowed Oklahoma to be the first team to book a ticket to the playoff, and the Sooners might need another lopsided win over the rival Cowboys at Owen Field to earn any serious consideration.
Still, after a 1-2 start, Bob Stoops' critics emerged and a frustrating season looked likely. Instead, the Sooners will suit up on their home field and play for -- at the very least -- a Big 12 title as they try to become the first team to go undefeated in Big 12 play since the league instituted a round-robin schedule in 2011.