It was a hot start for the Mountaineers Saturday afternoon. West Virginia would win the toss, elect to receive, then Marcus Simms would take the opening kickoff 80 yards all the way down to the Delaware State 18-yard line. West Virginia struck quick, scoring in four plays capped off by a Justin Crawford touchdown run from the 2-yard line.
After the quick strike, the Mountaineers would play sloppy for the next 15 minutes. A missed assignment by the defense on the Hornets first series resulted in an 81-yard touchdown pass for a touchdown on just their third offensive play of the game, tying it up at 7.
Then the barrage of dropped passes and turnovers plagued the Mountaineers. Two fumbles and an interception in a little over a quarter is not what anyone was expecting coming into the game. The offense has done a good job of taking care of the ball so far, this season but for short period of time it looked like they were trying to handle a greased-up football.
It was uncharacteristic coming from this team, especially two of those turnovers coming from Will Grier (fumble/interception), after that, the offense started clicking.
The defense wasn’t playing inspiring football either, until after a three and out at their own 6-yard line, following a fumble by Will Grier, holding them to just a field goal. Then it was a Brycen Alleyne 47-yard run that caught the attention of free safety Dravon Askew-Henry. The leader on the back-end starting hollering at his defense on the field.
The defense held its own throughout the rest of the game, even when Defensive Coordinator Tony Gibson started digging deep into is depth chart. They only gave up one 20 plus yard play after the first quarter.
It was a fast start at the beginning, then got sloppy fast. Three turnovers in a little over 15 minutes is something that can’t happen in the Big XII conference. This hasn’t been a trend, but it’s not something you want to see continue.
The Mountaineers went on to cruise 59-16.
Will Grier – 19-27, 304 yards, 3 TD, 1 Int
Justin Crawford – 15 carries, 102 yards, 3 TD
Greg Jennings – 6 receptions, 128 yards
Marcus Simms – 4 receptions 91 yards, 2 TD
Ka’Raun White – 6 receptions 50 yards 1 TD