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September 27, 2013

Mountaineers, Holgorsen face No. 11 Oklahoma State

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Here are five things to know as Oklahoma State makes its first trip to West Virginia since 1928:

QB SHUFFLE: Clint Trickett is the third starting quarterback for West Virginia this season. The Florida State transfer got the call after redshirt freshman Ford Childress tore a chest muscle and was unable to practice this week. It will be Trickett's first start since October 2011 when he was subbing for EJ Manuel. Paul Millard started the first two games but lost his job after a 16-7 loss at Oklahoma to Childress, who started the last two.

COACH UNDER MICROSCOPE: West Virginia's Joe DeForest remains under scrutiny since being moved from defensive coordinator to special teams coach. A muffed punt led to a Maryland touchdown last week and there have been penalties on punts and kickoffs this season. And this month DeForest was mentioned in Sports Illustrated articles that alleged misconduct and potential NCAA violations at Oklahoma State starting in 2001. DeForest was a Cowboys' assistant starting in 2001 before being hired by Holgorsen in 2012. Among the numerous allegations were that DeForest paid performance bonuses to players. Both schools are investigating and have notified the NCAA.

FAST AND FURIOUS: Don't look for a ball-control tempo, at least out of Oklahoma State. The Cowboys have eight TD drives of less than two minutes this season and is averaging 74 offensive plays per game. West Virginia is averaging 66 — far below what Holgorsen would like. "I need to get to terms with the tempo and force ourselves to play faster," he said.

SENSATIONAL STEWART: Oklahoma State's Josh Stewart scored his first TD of the season on a 67-yard punt run against Lamar two weeks ago. He also had a 41-yard punt return in the game. West Virginia is familiar with Stewart, who torched the Mountaineers for three TDs last year and had 13 pass receptions for a career-high 172 yards. He scored on catches of 21 and 20 yards and on a 46-yard run.

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