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First Half Recap in Lawrence

Christopher Hall

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Jonathan Stanley @JStanley19_DVN

West Virginia won the toss and differed to the second half and the Mountaineers would kick the ball off for a touchback.

Kansas took the opening drive down the field, gashing the West Virginia defense on the ground for 74 yards.  The Kansas drive would stall at the WVU 6-yard line.  Kansas was lining up to go for it on 4th and 3 and a false start on the offensive line would end the drive.  The Jayhawks would settle for a field goal, taking the lead 3-0.

The Mountaineers first drive would only last four plays, before they had to punt the ball away.  It started off with a Justin Crawford 13-yard run, but a scramble by Will Grier and 2 incomplete passes would end the drive.

West Virginia would score touchdowns on their next 4 drives to take a 28-3 lead.  Kennedy McKoy would have 2 rushing touchdowns from 7 and 23 yards out.  Justin Crawford would get on the board with an 11-yard touchdown run.  Will Grier and David Sills would hook up with a 49-yard touchdown pass.

Kansas would score their first touchdown on a 67-yard run by Khalil Herbert.

There looked to be life from the Jayhawks when they held the Mountaineers just inside their own territory, but on the first offensive play for Kansas, a tipped pass landed in the hands of defensive back Mike Daniels Jr and he would take it to the house for 6, extending the WVU lead 35-10.

The defense has kept the Jayhawks off the board but the run defense has been an issue to say the least.  The West Virginia defense gave up 224 yards rushing in the first half, 191 of those yards to Khalil Herbert.

The Mountaineers are winning big, but there is a lot of concern on the defensive side of the ball.

West Virginia leads at the half 35-13.

Will Grier – 13-19 193 yards 1 TD

Justin Crawford – 13 carries 89 yards 1 TD

Kennedy McKoy – 4 carries 58 yards 2 TD

David Sills- 5 catches 111 yards 1 TD

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