|David Sills V||10||73||7.3||3||23|
|Gary Jennings Jr.||3||31||10.3||0||17|
The West Virginia Mountaineers (3-0,1-0) toasted the Kansas State Wildcats (2-2,0-1) 35-6 at Mountaineer Field. West Virginia’s offense started slow and turned it over on their first two drives. They settled in and found their rhythm. The Mountaineer defense played well, not giving up any touchdowns and keeping K-State under 100 yards rushing.
The Mountaineers received the opening kickoff and was moving the ball downfield, until Will Grier threw a deep ball that was intercepted by defensive back AJ Parker at the Kansas State six-yard line.
K-State grabbed the early momentum, however the defense stood tall and didn’t give up the field position, holding the Wildcat offense to 18 yards and forcing the punt.
West Virginia was driving again, before freshman running back Leddie Brown mishandle the hand off and fumbled the ball and Kansas State defensive tackle Jordan Mittie recovered the fumble at the Wildcat 28-yard line.
The West Virginia defense came out fired up and held K-State to a three and out, however, they pinned the Mountaineers back at their own four-yard line.
After starting the game with two turnovers and on the second play of the drive, Will Grier hit Marcus Simms for an 82-yard touchdown pass down the sidelines, giving the Mountaineers the early 7-0 lead.
Towards the end of the second quarter, West Virginia started heating up and it started with the defense. On fourth and inches, the defense dropped the Wildcats for a four-yard loss giving the Mountaineer offense the ball at the K-State 39-yard line.
Will Grier and the offense took advantage of the short field. On third and goal from the one-yard line, Grier hit David Sills on a quick slant for six, putting the Mountaineers up 14-0 with 2:36 left in the first half.
The defense struck again with another three and out gave the offense the ball back at the WVU 27-yard line and 57 seconds left.
Offensive Coordinator Jake Spavital had no intentions of sitting on the ball. Will Grier tossed it to receiver TJ Simmons three straight plays for 31 yards, then found Gary Jennings for a 17-yard gain, down to the K-State 25-yard line. Grier hit Sill hit Sill for 23 yards and they finished up the drive with another 1-yard completion for the touchdown.
The Mountaineers led 21-0 at halftime. Will Grier was 19-25 for 258 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
West Virginia’s defense held the Wildcats to just 77 yards in the first half.
Kansas State took the opening drive of the second half 70 yards on 11 plays, however the defense held them out of the endzone and the Wildcats had to settle for three points.
West Virginia wasted no time putting points on the board. On their first possession Will Grier threw a beautiful pass down the sidelines to Tevin Bush for a 62-yard touchdown and the Mountaineers went up 28-3 early in the third quarter.
The defense forced a fumble on the ensuing possession and the offense again would take advantage of the short field position. It took four plays for the Mountaineers to score from 17 yards out and Will Grier found David Sills in the back of the endzone for their third touchdown of the day.
Will Grier threw his second interception of the day deep in his own territory. The defense stood up to the challenge and held the Wildcats to just a field goal.
The Mountaineers win over K-State was their biggest margin of victory (29) and the first time they scored over 30 points against the Wildcats.