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Mountaineers Cannot Complete Late-Game Comeback on Senior Day

Cody Nespor

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – With 6:18 left on the fourth quarter Saturday afternoon, the Mountaineers had an opportunity to drive down the field and tie the game.

Oklahoma State had just kicked a field goal to increase their lead to 20-13 when West Virginia took over at their own 25-yard line. Jarret Doege, starting only his second game at WVU, and the offense drove 58 yards to the OSU 17.

The Mountaineers had just converted a fourth-and-one to keep the drive alive, but two incomplete passes and a two-yard loss put WVU at a perilous fourth-and-12 at the 19-yard line. The Cowboys sent a blitz at Doege, causing an inaccurate pass in the direction of T.J. Simmons.

With 1:38 left on the clock, OSU was able to kneel the game out and come away with the win.

Chuba Hubbard and the Oklahoma State Cowboys came into Morgantown on Senior Day looking to finally put WVU’s hopes for a bowl game to rest. The back and forth affair saw the lead changes hand four times as neither team could amass a two-score lead.

The Mountaineers started the game strong. After allowing a 74-yard touchdown drive on the Cowboys’ first possession, the Mountaineers held OSU to only 45 more yards on offense in the first half. West Virginia did a good job of slowing down Hubbard din the first half, limiting the nation’s leading rusher to 39 yards on 11 carries. Despite a slow start, Hubbard finished with 106 yards on 26 carries to go along with 88 receiving yards on seven catches.

Starting at quarterback for the Cowboys was Hawaii graduate transfer Dru Brown. Brown had been backing up regular starter Spencer Sanders all season before Sanders needed thumb surgery earlier in the week. Brown completed 22-29 passes for 196 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Doege spread the ball around completing passes to nine different WVU players. George Campbell led the way with five catches for 92 yards and a touchdown.

West Virginia’s final game of the season is on Friday on the road against the Horned Frogs of TCU. Kick-off is at 4:15.

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Cody is currently a second-year graduate student at West Virginia University studying journalism. His graduate research focuses on the effects newspaper closures have on local communities. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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