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First Half Recap WVU/DSU

Christopher Hall

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West Virginia won the toss and elected to receive and Marcus Simms would take the opening kickoff 80 yards down the Delaware State 18-yard line.

Delaware State would respond quickly with an 81-yard touchdown pass on a blown coverage by the West Virginia Defense.

The Mountaineers second drive would stall at the 4-yard line and Mike Molin would come in and chip in a 20-yard field goal, then on the ensuing kickoff, Delaware State would mishandle the kick, turning the ball over and the Mountaineers would start at the Hornets 25-yard line.

The Mountaineers would go 25 yards in just over a minute (1:02) in 5 plays and Justin Crawford would punched it in from 3 yards out to put the Mountaineers up 17-7.

After the West Virginia defense would their first three and out of the day, Delaware State punter Fidel Romo-Martinez would punt the ball 57 yards, pinning the Mountaineers back at their own 9-yard line.

On the Mountaineers fourth offensive series, they would run three plays and the results were as followed; recovered their own fumble, dropped pass, fumble resulting in a turnover, giving the Hornets a first and goal from the 6.  The West Virginia defense would hold strong, holding Delaware State to a field goal.

On the very next series for the Mountaineers, they wasted no time.  Will Grier would find Marcus Simms deep over the middle for a 62-yard touchdown putting the Mountaineers up 24-10 with 4:20 left in the 1st quarter.

The Mountaineers would settle down after the after Will Grier’s pass was intercepted with 12:58 to play in the first half.  They had three turnovers in just 17 minutes of play but then the offense would go on cruise control.

West Virginia would go up 31-10 after a Will Grier pass to Ka’Raun White for a 28 yard touchdown.

Another Will Grier pass to Marcus Simms from 16 yards out to put the Mountaineers up 38-10 and a Justin Crawford rushing touchdown carrying both teams in the end zone.

The Mountaineers would hold a 35 point lead going into halftime 45-10

Will Grier – 15-21, 276 yards 3 TD, 1 Int

Justin Crawford – 11 carries for 80 yards and 3 touchdowns

Gary Jennings- 5 receptions 110 yards

Ka’Raun White 4 receptions 44 yards 1 TD

Marcus Simms – 3 receptions 87 yards 2 TD

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