MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — It’s been a roller coaster season for Oklahoma junior cornerback Parnell Motley.
There’s been the highs of a game-clinching overtime interception against Army early in the season and the lows of an abysmal performance against Texas in a loss that cost him his starting job.
Plenty of it has been self-inflicted and some of it hasn’t (Big 12 officials told Lincoln Riley that Motley’s pass interference penalty against Texas Tech that wiped out an interception should not have been called). But in a time where it’s hard to find bright spots in a defense that has struggled, Motley has been one for the Sooners.
With West Virginia’s potent passing game, particularly the touchdown magnet that senior receiver David Sills V has become, Motley figures to be even more crucial Friday (7 p.m., ESPN).
“One thing you do bad, everybody is against you; one thing you do good, it’s all applause,” Motley said. “Keep fighting and ignoring the noise and playing to the best of your ability until you have nothing left in you.
“Playing cornerback is a hit-and-miss job.”
It’ll also likely be Motley’s last chance to perform relatively close to home as a Sooner. Motley is from Washington, D.C.
In the past two games, Oklahoma’s defense has surrendered 1,270 yards of total offense — 621 through the air.