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WVU Enjoys Magical Trip to Orlando, Earning Much-Needed Win Over UCF



WVU flag on UCF field

ORLANDO, Fla. – In a game that was billed as a “must-win” for both teams, WVU was able to make their trip to Orlando a magical one.

West Virginia showed an aggressive mentality right away. Garrett Greene led the Mountaineers all the way to pay dirt on the opening possession. This included a big 21-yard run by CJ Donaldson to save the drive.

But West Virginia would not have the lead for long. UCF would move the ball with ease, culminating in a 34-yarder touchdown pass from John Rhys Plumlee to Kobe Hudson. The game was all tied up with seven minutes still remaining in the first quarter.

While the scoring would calm down throughout the rest of the quarter, the momentum shifts would not. And just when it seemed as if the WVU defense would never be able to fully stop the UCF offense, Beanie Bishop got his hands on the ball and picked off Plumlee. This gave the Mountaineers the ball again with a 10-7 lead now early in the second quarter.

Watch: WVU DB Beanie Bishop’s Pick Leads to Jahiem White’s TD

Freshman running back Jahiem White takes advantage of opportunities and scores a touchdown on an outside rush. West Virginia capitalizes off the turnover and take a two-score edge, 17-7.

But the back and forth theme of the day would continue. UCF would respond on their next drive and cut into the WVU lead, making it 17-14.

Momentum would then flip flop again when Marcis Floyd earned West Virginia another interception of Plumlee, which came a play after UCF recovered a fumble. WVU would fail to add more points off turnovers and be forced to punt the ball away, giving the Knights one last chance to charge up the field. They would have 27 seconds to do it, and despite a 20-yard run by RJ Harvey, the half would end with the score still 17-14.

The second half would start off with a bang for West Virginia. Bishop wold do it again, picking up his second interception of the game. Greene and company would then get back to work. That would result in a Mountaineer touchdown and a 24-14 score.

A UCF touchdown was then followed by a sack against Greene by their defense. The Knights closed the quarter with a chance take control of the game. Lee Kpogba forced a fumble that was recovered by West Virginia. Greene then used his legs to hammer home a gigantic touchdown for the Mountaineers.

Just when it appeared like WVU was about to blow yet another game, the luck stayed on the side of the visiting team as the scoreboard read 31-21.

It was time for West Virginia to put the final nail in UCF’s coffin. And CJ Donaldson was the man to do it. Donaldson ran it in and gave the Mountaineers a commanding 38-21 lead with about nine minutes to go.

So Donaldson, who has struggled in recent weeks, and the defense, a unit that’s collapsed in back-to-back losses, gets credit for sealing a much-needed victory.

WVU keeps hold of a winning record, moving to 5-3 (3-2) on the season. Up next is a trip back up north and a tough test against BYU.

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