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Game Recap: WVU Offense Shines over Snyder’s K-State Defense

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WVU quarterback Will Grier talks with receiver David Sills during Saturday's game against Delaware St. game. WVU quarterback Will Grier talks with receiver David Sills during Saturday's game against Delaware St. game.

By Ryan Decker 

Voice of the Tony Caridi called the West Virginia (7-3, 5-2) drive that resulted in the Mountaineers third touchdown of the game the “drive of the year.” Not in terms of significance, but in terms of big plays made by the WVU offense. 

On third-and-10, quarterback Will Grier scrambled as the pocket collapsed and eventually found Gary Jennings deep downfield. Jennings leaped for the ball and hauled it in completing the 43-yard play that took a total of 17 seconds to complete.

On the ensuing play, Grier found Sills in the back corner of the end zone and this time he made the highlight grab, barely getting his foot in bounds for the score.

Big plays like that were the story of the day for the Mountaineer offense en route to a 28-23 win over Kansas State (5-5, 3-4); WVU’s first win in Manhattan. 

Kansas State took a six-point lead to begin the game as West Virginia’s offense tried to gain traction due to a number of turnovers. West Virginia surrendered the football four times in the first half because of a pair of interceptions and two fumbles. 

Highlight plays helped get the Mountaineers into the end zone.

A 75-yard touchdown pass from Will Grier to Ka’Raun White gave WVU the lead late in the first quarter. Just over two minutes later, on the opening play of the second period, Grier connected with his leading receiver, David Sills V to extend the advantage to 14-6. 

Kansas State pulled back to within one point on its next drive, using three plays of more than 15 yards to move the ball downfield before Winston Dimel crossed the goal line on a short run. 

West Virginia’s exciting drive took place later in the second half, with Grier finding Jennings downfield and then Sills for the score. 

Jennings finished the game with 13 catches for 115 yards, and Sills ended with four catches for 63 yards and two scores, his eighth game of the year with multiple scoring grabs. 

Grier ended the first half with 275 passing yards, on route to his ninth 300-yard game of the season, setting a new WVU single-season record once held by Geno Smith.  

The Wildcats added a touchdown late in the second quarter, but wouldn’t get the last points of the half. 

Justin Crawford fumbled the football with 50 seconds left, turning the ball over on the K-State side of the field. Two plays later, though, Ezekiel Rose picked off a tipped pass near the line of scrimmage to put the ball right back in the hand of WVU. 

Having time for just one play, Grier scrambled, extending the play and heaving the ball towards the end zone as the time expired to an open Ka’Raun White for a touchdown, giving West Virginia a 28-20 lead heading into halftime. 

White had a big first half, which started his second consecutive game of going over the century mark, finishing the game with eight catches for 168 yards. 

Defenses took over in the third quarter. Kansas State was limited to just 46 yards on its first two drives in the period but started making ground near the end of the quarter. 

A long pitch and catch between redshirt-freshman quarterback Skylar Thompson and Winston Dimel started the drive. Another first down pass took the Wildcats to within striking distance. But penalties stalled the drive, including a crucial offensive pass interference call on a third down play that would’ve moved the chains. 

Matthew McCrane kicked his third field goal of the game to pulled the Wildcats to within 28-23.

They would get no closer. 

Despite West Virginia’s offense not being very effective for most of the second half, the Mountaineer defense was able to get enough stops, and the offense ran out the clock with a lengthy drive to secure the victory. 

The WVU defense held Thompson to just 159 passing yards in the game, though surrendered 173 yards. 

West Virginia’s win keeps the Mountaineers in the race to compete in the Big 12 title game with two weeks to go. 

WVU hosts Texas next week in its final home game of the year.   

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