West Virginia wins in Bill Snyder family stadium for the first time in school history. It wasn’t pretty, but the Mountaineers found a way to win the game.
It was a slow start for the offense. Two out of the first three drive for the Mountaineers resulted in a turnover. David Sills fumbled it on just the second play on the first series and Will Grier threw an interception on the third series.
The defense would hold strong despite the offense putting the defense in tough situations.
The offense could not find any rhythm and the Wildcats kept grinding away, winning on all three sides of the ball and taking a 6-0 lead late in the first quarter with two field goals.
West Virginia would strike back on the first play with a Will Grier bomb to Ka’Raun White for 75 yards giving the Mountaineers a 7-6 lead and they would never trail in the game again.
The defense would hold Kansas State to a three and out and the offense would strike again. The Mountaineer offense was starting to look unstoppable with Will Grier running circles around defensive lineman in the backfield, then connecting downfield.
The Mountaineers would go up 14-6 at the beginning of the second quarter, finishing the drive that started at the end of the first quarter.
Kansas State never goes away quietly, and they would respond with a touchdown of their own cutting the Mountaineer lead back to 1, 14-13.
Will Grier would throw another interception, but the defense would hold Kansas State to another three and out.
The offense would put together a 10-play 80-yard drive together to extend their lead 21-13.
Kansas State would respond two series’ later with a nice drive of their own, going 93 yards on 7 plays for touchdown, keeping themselves in the game 21-20.
Justin Crawford would fumble on the ensuing drive with 48 seconds left in the half. That was the fourth turnover for the Mountaineers in the first half.
Ezekiel Rose would make a beautiful interception on the Wildcats second play after the turnover and Will Grier would take advantage of the great field position, finding Ka’Raun White in the end zone as time expired in the first half, putting West Virginia up 28-20 at halftime.
The game was starting to look like a typical Big XII game with both offense starting to find their rhythm, but that wasn’t the case in the second half.
Neither team would find the end zone in the second half. West Virginia would be shut out for the second straight week and Kansas State could only muster up a field goal.
Both defenses would clamp down in the second half. West Virginia would hold Kansas State to 51 yards rushing and 89 passing yards, holding them for a total of 140 yards.
The West Virginia offense could not get going in the second half, only rushing for 55 rushing yards and 97 yards, totaling 152 yards.
Tony Gibson’s defense has improved each week. The defensive line has become a pack of hunters up front, getting into the backfield. The defense, that did have trouble getting to the quarterback earlier in the year, got 4 sacks on the day. The DAWGS accumulated 10.5 tackles for a loss on the day.
David Long has propelled himself as one of the best linebacker in the conference and arguably the country.
This is back to back weeks that the defense had to make some big stands to win the game, giving the offense the ball in the final minutes to seal the game.
Although the offense hasn’t excelled in the second half, they did get the necessary first downs to get into victory formation.
West Virginia had to play two of the most physical teams in the conference and went out and played tough, finding a way to win the game.
Will Grier – 27-46 372 yards 4 TD 2INT
Jusin Crawford – 17 carries 113 yards
Kennedy McKoy – 4 carries 14 yards
Gary Jennings – 13 receptions 115 yards
Ka’Raun White – 8 receptions 168 2 TD
David Sills – 4 receptions 63 yards 2 TD
Marcus Simms – 2 receptions 26 yards