West Virginia leads visiting Eastern Kentucky 42-7 at halftime in the season-opener for the Mountaineers.
WVU has been led on offense by running back Leddie Brown and quarterback Jarret Doege. Here are some notes from the first half:
Leddie Brown has 123 yards on 10 carries and 15 more yards through the air, with three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving. Brown’s first carry of the day went for 38 yards and would have been WVU’s longest run all of last season.
WVU’s running game, in general, looked good, with Alec Sinkfield also rushing for 51 yards on six carries and a score. The Mountaineers ran for 170 total yards in the first half.
Jarret Doege is 19-25 for 228 yards and three touchdowns. He hit big passes of 26 and 32 yards to receivers Bryce Ford-Wheaton and Sam James, respectively. Ford-Wheaton and James also scored one touchdown each.
WVU’s special teams were uncharacteristically sloppy in the first half, being called for multiple penalties. Winston Wright had a good return on the game’s opening kickoff called back due to holding and WVU was called on penalties on two punts and kickoff later in the half. Alec Sinkfield also missed catching a punt on a return but recovered it.
True freshmen receivers Sam Brown and Reese Smith made their first career receptions in the first half. Brown finished with 4 catches for 43 yards and Smith had two for 10.
VanDarius Cowan had WVU’s first sack of the season to end the first quarter. Cowan played in just two games last season dealing with an early-season suspension and a knee injury.
Alonzo Addae, a first-year starter at safety, leads the defense with six total tackles and a diving interception. Arizona transfer linebacker Tony Fields II also has six total tackles.
Placekicker Evan Staley was a perfect 6-6 on extra points.
Eastern Kentucky will receive the ball to start the second half.